More Bees, You Asked and We Answered
We have been asked a ton of questions from customers and thought we’d share the answers to a few of them here. If you have questions too or have had some worrisome experiences stay tuned and see if your question could be answered here. If not, we are always happy to receive emails, comments, or other means in which to help you all understand our products and how it can help you best.
My dog just ate my lip balm. Do I need worry about that?
Luckily, there is no harm in eating More Bees Lip Balm. The lip balm is all natural, and made from non-toxic, lip safe, food grade ingredients. The entire tube holds 0.15 oz of lip balm, which is just shy of a tablespoon. It’s no more hazardous than eating a tablespoon of butter, oil, or shortening.
The biggest problem here is a choking hazard. The tube and lid can both be a potential choking hazard for infants, small children, and pets alike. For this reason, please keep your lip balms out of the reach of pets and small children, and only let small children use the lip balm with adult supervision.
What is the white stuff on the top of some of my bars of soap? And is it safe?
The white film that is sometimes found on the top of our bars is called soda ash. But what is that? In chemical terms, it is sodium carbonate, and has a formula of Na₂CO₃. But how did it get there!?!
To make true soap, a strong base has to be used. Lye (sodium hydroxide) is the base usually picked (and less often, caustic potash, or potassium hydroxide). The base reacts with fats and oils, turning them into soap. The process is called saponification. In a properly crafted soap, like More Bees soaps, all the base is totally used up, and there is none of it left in the finished soap. The saponification process is usually completed within 1-2 days.
Sometimes, during the saponification process, the lye reacts at the exposed surface of the newly poured soap with the carbon dioxide that is naturally in the air. When that happens, soda ash forms on the exposed surfaces of the freshly poured soap. If the saponification process is not complete before the soap is unmolded and/or cut, the ash can form on other newly exposed surfaces. Soda ash is harmless, and will wash off your bar quickly, leaving behind your beautiful handcrafted cold process bar of soap.
Why do you add beeswax to your soaps?
We add beeswax to our soaps for a couple of very important reasons. One is that it’s good for your skin. Beeswax brings a lot to the soap party in this respect . As with other bee products, (honey, and propolis), Beeswax has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. This makes it a ideal additive in fighting chapped skin and other skin conditions, as well as fighting surface bacteria. Beeswax can also form a protective barrier that seals in moisture without clogging the pores. As a matter of fact, beeswax is completely non-comedogenic, with a comedogenic rating of 0.
Another reason to add beeswax to soap is that it makes our soap more durable and long lasting. The beeswax greatly extends the life of the soap. As we learned in our earliest days, too much of a good thing isn’t always better. In our first year of operation, we actually had customers asking us to step back the amount of wax in our soaps a little bit. It turns out that our customers were getting impatient to try all the lovely bars that they had purchased, but the soap just wouldn’t go away! We still get the occasional customer suggest that our soap last too long, but they are the exception now. Over all, we are very happy with the feedback we’re getting, and don’t have any plans to change our soap formula.
Got more questions?
We hope this little bit helped all of you who may have had a similar issue. If not; then feel free to get a hold of us on either Facebook, Instagram, or here in the comments. We would love you help you all be more familiar with our products so they can best serve all your needs. So please, let us know if there is more you would like to know and we will answer them in another Asked and Answered post!