Saturday, June 24, 2006

Honey, Beeswax Popular Ingredients in Beauty Products

Store Shelves are Swarming with Beauty Products that Contain Honey and Beeswax
Christine Laue, Omaha World-Herald (USA), 6/22/2006

The bath and beauty industry is abuzz about bees.

Honey and beeswax are the ingredients du jour in everything from lotions and body scrubs to hand soaps and body mists.

More people are buying honey- and beeswax-based products, and more products are available in wider distribution. Nebraska beekeepers even are jumping on the bee byproducts bandwagon.

Honey is a hygroscopic material, meaning it retains moisture. Honey doesn't spoil because its high concentration of glucose and fructose prevents growth of microorganisms…

A recent survey by market research publisher Packaged Facts showed that over the past four years, the number of people with honey in their household for some type of nonfood purpose increased 10 percent -- from 59 percent in 2002 to 69 percent in 2006.

Many of those people are doing it themselves, mixing honey with ingredients such as avocados for a moisturizer based on recipes from books or the Internet, said Bruce Wolk of the National Honey Board, a promotional and research board funded by the honey industry…

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