Long days in the field lead to rough, chapped hands, and hours of moving the hives around lead to hands that eventually look like sandpaper. To make matters worse, the bee stings can blow up your hands like a balloon, making them itch like crazy. We had a small line of soaps and lip balms at the time, but no cream. My wife would comment on my hands and tell me it was time to make a cream that would alleviate my rough, beaten skin and soothe my bee stings. So, the challenge was accepted, and I started researching what makes a tremendous unscented hand cream.
Unlike the store-bought cream my wife was using, I wanted moisturizing ingredients but also ones that would soothe my hands from the bee stings I would get. So, of course, my first instinct, as always, was to look to the hive. One ingredient that stood out to me was propolis. Propolis is the stuff that bees use to “glue” the hive together, but this “glue” has more to it. Propolis is collected from tree resins, leaf buds, and tree sap. The bees then mix the collected resins with wax, honey, and enzymes from their stomachs to turn them into the substance we know as propolis, which even contains about 10% essential oil. Amazingly, more people don't know about this bee miracle. Not only has Propolis been used in ancient times as a healing agent, Aristotle, who is said to have coined the word, took advantage of its antiseptic properties. Now skip to the present; Propolis is being used as a fantastic anti-inflammatory on the skin and can even help exfoliate the skin without harsh acids. So tell them what else they will get in our cream, Johnny… Other great ingredients we have included in this fantastic Unscented Hand Cream are honey and cupuacu butter, which help the skin retain and keep moisture; Beeswax, which locks in moisture while still letting the skin breathe; and Silk protein, which is similar to that of the collagen fibers that naturally increases the elasticity of the skin, prevents wrinkles and tightens skin.
Now with all that goodness included in this cream, we decided that this particular one didn't need any fragrance, so we made it an unscented hand cream.
- Fragrance-Free with aromatic hints of Natural Honey
- Moisturizes without clogging pores
- It is made with Cupuaçu Butter, a botanical moisturizer that absorbs quickly in the skin, promoting deep and long-lasting hydration.
Charcoal Purified Water, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lauryl Laurate, Cetyl Palmitate (and) Sorbitan Palmitate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Honey, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Beeswax
, Squalene, Propolis Extract, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.