Thursday, January 11, 2007

Beeswax Lip Balm Recalled Over Processing Error

Ganache Recalls Beeswax Lip Balms
By Simon Pitman, Cosmetics Design, 1/9/2007

1/9/2007 - California-based natural lip balm maker Ganache has announced the recall of a number of its balms following a processing error involving the beeswax it uses in the products.

In a statement the company said that it had inadvertently processed the beeswax at excessively high temperatures. The beeswax wax passed the company's initial quality control measures but it was not detected that the quality of the ingredient was compromised after it was formulated into the lip balm…

Beeswax has become a common ingredient for use in a variety of topical skin care. One of the main proponents has been Burt's Bees, which started off its business selling beeswax candles and then branched out when its first bees wax cosmetics became such a success.

It now supplies a host of natural cosmetic and personal care products, many of which include beeswax as a key ingredient, including its pioneering beeswax lip balms, which rose to incredible popularity on the basis of its strong moisturizing and protective properties.

Formulators are now increasingly adding this ingredient to a host of cosmetic products as a thickener, emulsifier and stiffening agent. Together with its range of functions it has also become increasingly popular in line with the increasing interest in natural based products.

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