Beeswax is secreted by worker bees for use in the construction of honeycomb. The Apis Mellifera bee is the most common and is native to Europe, Africa and latterly China. The raw beeswax is washed and filtered for Yellow Grade and further filtering and decolourisation gives the Bleached (white) grade.
Beeswax is a versatile natural wax is a complex mixture of free fatty acids, long chain alcohols and free wax acids, it is insoluble in water but has excellent emulsifiable properties, and exceptional thickening and emollient qualities which provide body and structure to cream formulations. These characteristics along with their ability to add plasticity to formulations make them a key ingredient in lipsticks and lip balm products, polishes, fabric waterproofing, candles, modelling waxes and even coating for surfboard waxes. Beeswax is also used in woodworking and as a polish in the home