At Vapour, we made a conscious choice to formulate with beeswax instead of petroleum waxes.
Beeswax is compatible with our skin and serves as a breathable, protective barrier. Beeswax also contributes to the smooth, luscious textures of Vapour products.
“Using organic beeswax is our preference” says Krysia Boinis, Vapour cofounder “Using organic ingredients is good for our health since 60 to 70% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the body. Conventional cosmetics can be full of chemicals that are scientifically linked to a myriad of diseases. Organic is also good for the planet. By using organic beeswax in Vapour, we are supporting bee health, habitat and, hopefully, longevity.
Organic bee products are a challenge to maintain. First, the beekeeper must manage hive and farm without using pesticides or antibiotics of any kind. Beekeepers must only use natural practices for harvesting the honey and wax like smoke rather than the conventional fume boards. Nearby farms must also be pesticide-free in order for the bee colony to qualify as organic.
The rapid population decline of honeybees gained attention in 2006 when the disappearance of bees from their colonies was given a new name, Colony Collapse Disorder. Washington, D.C. based education and policy non-profit, Beyond Pesticides, first publicized the role of pesticides in bee decline years ago.
“Beeswax is the base of our foundation. We used to purchase organic beeswax from Canada, but that small family farm lost its organic certification after Monsanto crops were planted nearby. Bees have a 4 mile flight radius so conventionally grown neighboring crops can disrupt organic certification. Now we source organic beeswax globally based on seasonal availability.”
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Krysia is looking forward to having her first beehive in her organic garden and orchard this summer. She appreciates the job that wild pollinators do.
“We don’t think about the pollinators’ roll in the process of growing food because it happens seamlessly; it’s invisible to most of us. Pollinators are the unsung heroes of the food chain.”