HayMax Ingredients

HayMax and all it’s ingredients are 100% organic and certified by the Soil Association. HayMax contains no drugs, is non-drowsy and all of the ingredients have been selected specially to be suitable for both children and adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.

We believe that if it’s going on your skin (or your children’s), then natural is better. It’s also better for the environment, as every single HayMaxTM ingredient is non-GMO and has been grown, harvested and processed without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. In order to be awarded Soil Association Certification, a product must also conform to eco-friendly packaging standards, in our case this includes using unbleached card, partially recycled and recyclable pots and environmentally friendly inks for our cartons.

HayMaxTM is made from a blend of beeswax and sunflower oil to which we add aloe vera leaf juice extracts or essential oils to create four different varieties of Allergen Barrier Balm.

HayMax Original: Beeswax, sunflower oil.

HayMax Aloe Vera: Beeswax, sunflower oil, aloe vera.

HayMax Lavender: Beeswax, sunflower oil, lavender essential oil.

At exhibitions, we are often asked, ‘what’s the difference between the four balms?’ and ‘do they all do the same job?’.

The answer is simple. They all work in exactly the same way. They all trap dust and pet allergens and over a third of pollen before it enters your body. The reason that we add aloe vera extract, lavender or frankincense essential oils is purely for personal preference. Aloe Vera is known to be soothing so we add it to soothe a sore nose. Both Original and Aloe Vera varieties are scent free, and Lavender and Frankincense have a gentle scent which disappears soon after application. Many HayMaxTM customers find the scents calming and refreshing.

We’ve gathered some pictures and a video to share with you, of three of our our raw ingredients (organic aloe vera, frankincense and lavender) being grown, harvested and processed. While we’re at it, we thought we would also let you have a peek at HayMax being made!

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Allo, Vera!

Organic aloe vera plants growing in open fields in Puebla, Mexico, ready for HayMax Aloe Vera Allergen Barrier Balm.

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A close up of the prickly aloe vera plants soaking up the sunshine. I wouldn’t like to stumble through there in the dark!

The start of the manual processing stage. A good wash!

After a thorough wash, the leaves are hand 'filleted' to remove the tough, dark green outer skin. HayMax Aloe Vera is made using the juicy inner part of the leaf. The tough outer part can cause skin irritation (common in cheaper products).

After a thorough wash, the leaves are hand ‘filleted’ to remove the tough, dark green outer skin. HayMax Aloe Vera is made using only the juicy inner part of the leaf. The tough outer part contains ‘Aloein‘ which can cause skin irritation amongst other nasty effects (it can cause particular problems for pregnant women, including uterine contractions when ingested). The gooey leaf centres are then dried and made into an organic powder, ready for adding to HayMax Allergen Barrier Balms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia)

The lavender essential oil used in HayMax Lavender, is from Bulgaria. Bulgaria have been experts in growing fragrant, beautiful lavender for centuries and have swathes of aromatic countryside dedicated to flower growing, distilling and perfumeries!

Specially selected varieties of traditional Bulgarian lavender growing organically at the foot of 'Old Mountain'. The lavender harvest usually starts in the beginning of July and continues until the end of the month. The lavender flowers are picked only on warm and quiet days when the plants contain most oil.

Specially selected varieties of traditional Bulgarian lavender growing organically at the foot of ‘Old Mountain’. The lavender harvest usually starts in the beginning of July and continues until the end of the month. The lavender flowers are picked only on warm days when the plants contain most oil.


How HayMax is Made!

Once all of the wonderful organic ingredients have been grown, processed and delivered, the process of turning them into HayMax can begin! Here are a few snaps of the HayMax manufacture process. The labelling machine video at the bottom is mesmerising.


pots being printed

Before the balm goes anywhere near a pot, the pots are all fed through this machine which laser prints best before dates and batch codes onto the bottom of every pot. This means that we can trace any pot back to the exact day it was made. We can also tell exactly which batch of ingredients were used, where they were grown and how they were processed. Not only is this just good practice, it’s also vital for retaining our Organic Soil Association Certification which we are really proud of.

 


A close up of our 2ml tester pots being laser printed.

 


Close up of pots being filled

The liquid balm is measured into the pots using very accurate measuring tools in the clean room.

 

As the balms cool, they become solid and opaque.


 


pot being labelled

The snazzy labelling machine! Pots are fed along a conveyor belt and through a chute where they meet a set of rollers which accurately apply the small information label to the side of the pot. With so many different moving parts and such a small pot, it’s important to get it exactly right!