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“Simply” Beeswax Balm

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ANDREA MITAROTONDA
Consultant in Cosmetic Formulation Chemistry, United Kingdom

Simplicity is what sparks to mind looking at the photo picturing this product pack and Ingredient List.
A simple pic sent through by a Reader who found this balm on sale in a remote Irish village. Handmade in small batches by a local pharmacist, the product, simply named “Beeeswax Balm”, is an ointment featuring only few, essential yet efficacious, ingredients.
“No frill-formulation” or “less-is-more” as we like saying these days speaking marketing jargon.
The product contains coconut, borage and musk rose oils, shea butter, beeswax and tocopherol (in sunflower oil).
Let’s have a closer look at the ingredients.

Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil is a white semi-solid fat that melts into a liquid at room temperature, approximately between 21 and 26°C depending on the fatty acid distribution, which is, on average, mostly featuring saturated fatty acids, namely Lauric and Myristic and, to a lesser extent, Caprylic, Capric, Palmitic and Stearic.
It is one of the oldest and most respected vegetable oils used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.
It is listed in all the major pharmacopoeias and is a frequent ing ...




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