Bee derivatives

Where brands use purified bee derived ingredients, SCA will endorse products with the Allergy Certified logo that do not contain propolis, the protien responsible for allergies to bee derivatives. Where a product has been clinically tested & found to be safe for sensitive-allergy prone skin, SCA will endorse the product based on clinical findings confirming suitability for the skin.

Allergens Requiring Bold Text Labelling.

Current cosmetic labelling law does not require product labels to highlight allergens in bold text (this only applies to food labels). Brands that license SCA's Allergy certified seal, pledge to always provide Safety Advice to consumers; by highlighting potential allergens in bold text, followed by stating the appropriate safety advice such as: 'this product contains potential allergens' or 'allergens are highlighted in bold' and 'always patch test before use' and 'discontinue use if irritation ocurs'. These terms protect both the manufactuerer and consumers alike. Consumers with allergies should always read the product label, and manufacturers should always provide appropriate safety advice to consumers, provided on each product and point of sale. Due to a lack of evidence, the following potential allergens are optional for brands to provide allergy and safety advice: LanolinCoconut SurfactantsAnimal TallowCocamidopropyl BetaineAHA AcidsPropylene glycolEthylene glycolPropylene glycolHydrochloric acidAcetoneTetrachloroethyleneTrisodium NTA, Adverse Reactions To Essential Oils.


14 Allergens in cosmetics, Standards - Cosmetic Ingredient Labelling, Search TGA & NICNAS

BEES WAX CAS No: 8012-89-3 & Other names: Beeswax oil, absolute; Beeswax white; Beeswax, absolute; Beeswax, bleached, white; CERA ALBA; Yellow beeswax, cera alba,
Polyglyceryl-3 beeswax.

HONEY CAS No: 8028-66-8 & Other names: Honey, fermented.

PROPOLIS CAS No: 85665-41-4


Bees wax, Honey, Propolis and Royal Jelly: is used in lip balms, lipstick, face creams, makeup, hand creams, balms and slaves as a moisturiser and protective barrier; they provide the skin with conditioning properties. In addition, the wax and honey are useful for hair care and waxing products. Bee derivatives contain an array of helath benefits - NCBI

Honey contains proteins and may contain propolis which contains pollen.

Propolis is known as the 'bee glue', it is the resin-like substance that bees make. Propolis is highly beneficial for many skin complaints, but it is also a key allergen as it contains pollen a known allergen.

Royal Jelly is known as the 'superfood' consumed by the queen bee. It contains proteins which can trigger skin allergy in those sensitive to bee derivatives.


  • "Propolis is commonly used in cosmetic and medicinal preparations because of its antiseptic, antiinflammatory, and anesthetic properties. Its therapeutic qualities have been well documented. However, 1.2 to 6.6% of patients who are patch-tested for dermatitis are sensitive to propolis. The main allergens are 3-methyl-2-butenyl caffeate and phenylethyl caffeate. Benzyl salicylate and benzyl cinnamate are less frequent sensitizers. Propolis is found in a number of "natural" products, including lip balms, cosmetics, lotions and ointments, shampoos, conditioners, and toothpastes. Dermatologists should consider patch testing with propolis in users of such remedies." - MEDSCAPE.COM

  • (Susan E. Walgrave; Erin M. Warshaw; Lynn A. Glesne 2005;16(4):209-215)


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