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Honey Perfume: To Bee or Not To Bee?
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May 17, 2020

Ah Honey Honey!

Honey dripping off a spoon

The succulent sugary dripping nectar; whether it is zigzagged over your breakfast muesli, sitting on your teaspoon waiting to be dipped into your tea, or even used to flavour your favourite savoury dishes. a delicious reward that you will find in your kitchen cupboard.

The honey smelt within perfumes is, in fact, Beeswax; natural, raw material produced by the honeybees of the genus Apis. The word ‘honey', comes from the ancient Hebrew word for ‘enchant’, and symbolically, honey prominently stands for ‘the sweet life’, prosperity, and even immortality.

Coinciding with the weight and meaning of its name, honey is rich, captivating, plump, warm, luxurious, and yet is an easy ingredient to blend with. As a result of a love affair between bees and blossoms, Beeswax is considered one of the sweetest and softest animal notes!

A Little History

Bees on the honeycomb.

Before it was discovered as a crucial ingredient in the perfumery world, Beeswax had been popularly used centuries and decades ago; dating as far as to the Ancient Egyptians who used it to make paint for their artists, whilst the Romans, used it as a skin softener.

Beeswax is naturally produced by the bees and used as the bricks for building their hexagonal combs, where they raise their offspring and store pollen and honey within the hive. Very industrious in their nature, bees hold responsibility for many crucial factors, including pollinating our food supply, supporting the reproduction of wild flowering plants, and of course, producing irresistibly sweet honey!

In more detail, Beeswax is specifically produced by the female worker bees through the consumption of honey produced from the collected flower nectar. With a lifespan of approximately 35 days, the worker bees possess wax producing glands on their abdomens, from which they excrete wax.

Moreover, the wonders of bees continue to impress. This is to avoid the beeswax from becoming too brittle or melting in extremely hot or cold temperatures. Bees control the temperature of the hive by keeping it at 35°C, Thus, ensuring the wax is as malleable as possible for construction purposes.

From Wax to Oil

Bees on a sunflower

Following the intricate process of creation, comes the process of extraction. In order to transform the wax into an absolute, a process of purification with alcohol is required, in which, approximately, a heavy 100 kg of wax, only produces 1 kg of absolute! Now you can put into better perspective the arduous work Bees do after all…

Nevertheless, it must be noted, that beeswax is in fact, among the few natural, ‘animalic notes in perfumery that are totally cruelty-free (i.e. involving no harm to the animal from which they are derived from). For this reason, Beeswax absolute is one of the most prized materials in the natural perfumery palette.

The Magical Benefits of Beeswax

Beeswax

As such a versatile ingredient, it is not only regarded for its taste and scent properties. Beeswax is believed to have anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as having scientifically proved studies suggesting it can also lower cholesterol.

Moreover, it can even be used as an #eco-friendly way of replacing cellophane paper to keep your food safe from mildew and ants. Beeswax absolute undoubtedly comforts, spiritually balancing and lifting, as its solar properties are fondly used in aromatherapeutic blends.

What Does It Smell Like?

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Beeswax, the subtle sister of honey, is not commonly used as the star ingredient in fragrances. Instead, its role lies in interlinking and accentuating the different ingredients, thus tying the fragrance together.  

Interwoven with natural fixative qualities, Beeswax absolute is sweet, yet not fruity or sticky, with warm and complex notes of earthy hay, and honey. It works well in unraveling and emphasizing ambery, fruity, and woody notes; whilst with a fusion of gourmand nuances, such as vanilla, it will transport the sugar lovers, into a sweet heaven!

Furthermore, in oriental structures, it excels as a sweet, comforting effect, transporting you to your deepest, positive memories, your childhood. Comparatively, a small touch of Beeswax in your perfume, especially for women, can create an extremely sexy twist.

Liquid gold, and simply a beautiful product of nature; we absolutely adore it, and thus have created HONEY HEAVEN; a floral, creamy elixir of gourmand notes, transporting you to powerful memories. The main component, the heart, which creates the sweet, golden honey accord, is Beeswax ABS LMR.

Our Recommended Mixes

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With renowned fragrances to include Beeswax in their compositions, such as “Le Parfum” by Elie Saab, and “Beautiful” by Estee Lauder, the admiration for this ingredient is best seen in Guerlain parfum, where Beeswax is their emblem! Now it is time for your custom perfume to be brought to life!

Our first recommendation would be the affair of our HONEY HEAVEN perfume with our MIMOSA MANTRA fragrance. The sweetness of the honey, blends naturally well with the fresh bouquet of Mediterranean Mimosa, giving the fragrance a natural, light, and comforting scent.  

For those who seek a fragrance that is fearlessly seductive, then HONEY HEAVEN with the scent of VETIVER VIRTUOSO, is the duo for you. Warm, sensual, and addictive, this composition will suit the most daring of men and women. We highly recommend this as your accessory to be worn with a sensual outfit, or perhaps for a date!

Lastly, HONEY HEAVEN and our GINGER GAME perfume. A compatible pair, bringing you spicy freshness, and invigorating sweetness, with under toning aphrodisiac effects. Just sit back, and wait for the questions to start rolling in; “what are you wearing?”  “Where can I find this fragrance?”

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