What is Beeswax?
While bees are more famous for their ability to pollinate plants and produce honey, worker bees produce a natural wax called beeswax and discard it in their hive. The hive workers use the beeswax to develop the actual honeycomb structure of the hive. The honeycomb is used for honey storage and larval / pupal protection within the hive.
When beekeepers extract the honey, they cut off the wax caps from each honeycomb. It must then be heated and cleaned.
Certified organic beeswax is grown on land that is not treated with pesticides and herbicides. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of land to ensure the bees do not fly into land and consume pollen from an area that is chemical free.
Beeswax Actions and Benefits
Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols.
How does Beeswax work?
Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols which serve as moisturizers and skin protectants.
Beeswax is a natural humectant - meaning it attracts and holds on to water molecules which helps to hydrate the skin. It also provides a protective battier between the skin and environmental toxins while not clogging the pores.
It is also packed full of Vitamin A! Vitamin A stimulates the fibroblasts cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy.
Beeswax also has natural anti-bacterial properties! It is commonly used in organic creams, lotions, balms, body butters and other organic formulations where rigidity or body are required.
How do we use Beeswax?
We use beeswax in our USDA Certified Organic Paw and Nose Healing Balm where it also provides a natural SPF of 15!
Is Beeswax safe?
Yes! It is safe, non-toxic and non-irritant.