Beeswax is a natural wax made from honeybees. The honeybees use beeswax in their hives to house their young and store honey and pollen. When the honeycombs are removed from the hive, the beeswax is placed in hot water and skimmed out. Many times the beeswax must be rendered to remove impurities before use.
There are three different types of beeswax. Yellow beeswax is raw beeswax. White beeswax is yellow beeswax that has been bleached. Beeswax absolute is yellow beeswax that has been treated with alcohol.
Beeswax is a fabulous wax to use for candle making. Candles made from this wax work as air purifiers. The long lasting and clean burn of a beeswax candle produces little to no smoke when lit.
Beeswax is also an excellent ingredient to add to any of your bath and body formulations. Providing wonderful benefits like skin softening and moisturizing, this wax can seal the deal when it comes to ending cracked and dry skin.
Because beeswax contains Vitamin A, beeswax can work with your damaged skin to promote cell repair. Its humectant like property provides a barrier for your skin; not only locking the moisture in but concurrently allowing your skin to breathe. As an emollient, beeswax helps to soothe irritated skin and advocates a soft and supple feel. Beeswax can also be used in formulations to help thicken consistencies for products like body creams and lotions.
For dry and cracked lips when the cold weather hits, beeswax it a go to ingredient for lip balms and other lip care products. Not only will beeswax help to heal your lips, it also aids in the prevention of dry and cracked lips. The natural thin layer that beeswax creates keeps your lip protected from the elements, and keeps them moisturized too.
Within the realm of hair care products, beeswax can be used to create wonderful pomades and waxes. The end result of its use will leave hair shiny and sleek.
For soap making purposes, beeswax adds elements of anti irritant, anti bacterial, and anti viral benefits. It is an incredible ingredient to add extra moisturizing elements to your bars, which will leave your skin with a silky soft feel. Plus, the effects are long lasting.
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To try your hand at some wonderful beeswax recipes please check out these links:
Soaps, Scrubs, and Melts:
Royal Honey Bee Cold Process Soap Recipe
Cold Fashioned Lemonade Soap Recipe
Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe
Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe
Cotton Candy Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe
Emulsified Beet Sugar Scrub Recipe
Lip Stick from Scratch Recipe
Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe
Silky Lip Butter Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Lip Balm Recipe
White Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm Recipe
Crazy for Coconuts Lip Balm Recipe