Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ingredient Profile - Honey in Soaps, Lotions and Bath Products

Honey is said to be liquid gold fit for the gods and goddesses. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, which nourish the skin. Honey is high in vitamin C, some B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid, as well as minerals such as potassium. Besides being great for sore throats, respiratory problems, digestion, and stress, it is perfect for skin care.

Honey contains powerful antioxidants which help fight free radicals and reverse aging. It is also a well known antibacterial and antifungal agent. It helps disinfect and speed the healing process in wounds, scrapes and burns. A 1999 study conducted by the University of Wales Institute found that unpasteurized honey produced an antibacterial action against Staphylococcus aureus, a common bacteria found readily in our environment that can cause infections, especially in open wounds.

Honey is rich and thick, making it an effective moisturizer. Like other humectants, it binds moisture to the skin and helps it stay hydrated, not only smoothing dry, rough, wrinkled skin, but also making skin supple and plumping up wrinkles. Honey is a valuable moisturizer for your face as well as your body.

We use honey in many of our products. Besides our oatmeal and honey soap, salts, and bath bombs, honey has been included in our lotions, and honey powder has been added to all of our herbal bath teas and milk baths. Sometimes, we use honey to add flavor to lip balms. Honey powder is natural honey that has been spray dried into a fine powder. It is used in our dry products and attracts the dirt from skin pores and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, cleansing and softening as you bathe.

We also use beeswax in many products, but that will be discussed in another post. Our powdered honey comes from one of our suppliers, but our honey and beeswax come from local honey farms.

In the next few posts, we will include countless ways to use honey at home for both beauty and health.
The Bonnie Bath Co.
Natural, handmade bath and body products

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