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The Mayo Clinic recommends lip balm made from beeswax for chapped lip care and prevention. [cite]
Beeswax is considered an animal product and is not suitable for vegans. Please see our candelilla wax-based lip balms if you want a vegan alternative.
Additionally, since honey is not safe for infants under one year of age, and since beeswax may contain traces of honey, it is not recommended to use our beeswax-based lip balms on infants under one year old. This is not scientifically stated anywhere that we could find, but we like to err on the side of caution.
Quoted from (emphasis added) eHow.com:
"Beeswax properties work in concert with cosmetics. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), beeswax is easily incorporated with water in oil or oil in water emulsions. An excellent emollient and support for moisturizers, beeswax provides skin protective action of a nonocclusive type, bestows consistency to emulsions and oil-gels and reinforces the action of detergents. Nonallergic, beeswax also sustains sunscreen action with its water repellent properties, combines well with multiple ingredients, contains elasticity and provides greater permanence on skin or lip surfaces.
emollient /emol·li·ent/ (e-mol´yent)
1. softening or soothing.
2. an agent that softens or soothes the skin, or soothes an irritated internal surface.
Beeswax locks in moisture, fosters cells and protects skin from damaging environmental factors. Honeygirlorganic.com reports beeswax effectively 'softens your skin and creates a long-lasting protective coating against the elements. It also is a naturally nourishing moisturizer as well as being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and a germicidal antioxidant."