old saying that necessity is the mother of invention is particularly
true in the case of Naturally Nancy’s Protective Cream.
Maxner is a farmer, landscaper, wife and mother, who first
developed skin problems after the birth of her first child.
Working in landscaping and gardening, she found her skin would
crack around her nails, in the joints of her hands fingers
and wrists, even up to her elbows. Doctors prescribed all
kinds of creams and lotions, but nothing gave any real relief.
beekeeper father, Gerry Smeltzer reminded her that beeswax
has natural antiseptic and antifungal properties. He suggested
that she try making some sort of lotion for herself using
beeswax. So she started experimenting with a variety of concoctions
and recipes, adjusting ingredients and amounts and finally
she hit on something that satisfied her, and gave her skin
condition immense relief.
neighbours and friends started noticing the dramatic difference
in her hands, particularly as Nancy could now wear a watch
and her wedding band without any discomfort. Before long other
people started wanting to purchase Nancy's cream for themselves.
In 1997 Naturally Nancy's Protective Cream, was born as a
family-owned and operated business.
Naturally Nancy's is carried by a number of companies, including
Halifax Seed, Central Building Supplies, Co-op Atlantic Stores,
Home Hardware Stores, and many retail garden centres. It's
still a family-owned and operated business, with the cream
being made on the Maxner farm in Windsor, Nova Scotia, using
pure, unbleached beeswax supplied to Nancy by her brother's
Nancy’s Protective Cream is registered with Health Canada
as a barrier cream. It has no added fragrance, so it’s
ideal for those who have sensitivities to scented products.
Its ingredients are pure unbleached beeswax, mineral oil,
distilled water and a trace of natural borax. It only needs
to be applied sparingly, because, as it says on the label,
“A little goes a long way!”