by Diana E. Perez
One ingredient you will find in many products is beeswax: topical cosmetics, medicinal items, food additives, candles, components of sealers and polishes, the basic structure of a honeycomb, and so on. It is a highly versatile material with many benefits that come from its properties. Since it is used in so many items and its proponents place a great deal of stock in its benefits, it would do us well to understand a little more about this multipurpose ingredient.
What are the properties of beeswax?
The chemical composition of beeswax is a complex mixture of many things that a bee's body will mix together to create it. It is never an exactly replicable material every time because there are several things that are affect its production, things such as the bee's diet, age and environment or a colony's need to accommodate for the flow of nectar or larger population birthrates. It can get complicated, but in the end, even with variation, the wax produced holds certain properties.
What forms of beeswax are available for general use?
In addition to the regular chunk of beeswax, it can be processed in different ways to create other beeswax products that are used in various ways. We will mostly focus on the "regular" beeswax, the chunks of wax we see more often, but we will list the "processed" beeswax so you have that information too.
What are some of the benefits of beeswax?
Considering the properties and the forms used most often in regular consumer products, it helps to know how the beeswax helps you and the products you make. [Studies will be referenced at the end of the post.]
There some important benefits that beeswax has when it is used carefully and properly. Although it is important to check with your doctor first if you are looking to treat any specific physical or medical conditions by using beeswax, knowing the benefits and properties can at least give you a guide on what to talk about with your physician. For daily cosmetic use, the wax can be a good source of protection for your skin and a great foundation for your products.
References and Further Readings
Properties of beeswax:
Influence on beeswax production:
As an Antimicrobial:
About microbes in general:
Beeswax mixture for skin and topical use:
As an Anti-inflammatory:
D-002 (beeswax alcohol):
Propolis / Allergic reactions:
Propolis / benefits:
Safety Assessment for Beeswax: