Beeswax is the natural wax produced by bees and is an important ingredient in many cosmetic products.
Often used as a thickener, beeswax is used in many balms and gels such as lip balm, beard and moustache wax and hair pomades.
Beeswax is traditionally used to make candles, and makes candles that burn brighter for longer, with less smoke.
What are some of the benefits of beeswax?
Beeswax is a popular product in cosmetics because of the way it forms a protective barrier on the skin, trapping moisture and keeping it hydrated.
A recent study in 2021 found beeswax to have high antioxidant properties, higher than honey in some cases.
Skin benefits of beeswax
When you add beeswax to your recipe it will make the finished product feel creamy on the skin. Beeswax will also give your skin treatment greater staying power.
Beeswax creates a barrier on the skin and prevents moisture from evaporating, which helps prevent dry skin. This will help your skin treatment keep you moisturised for longer.
Hair benefits of beeswax
Beeswax can benefit hair in many ways. It acts on the hair in a similar way to how it acts on the skin. Beeswax helps your hair treatment lock in moisture, giving your treatment a longer lasting effect
How to store your beeswax
Keep beeswax sealed, dry and out of direct sunlight.
To find the technical documents for our yellow beeswax click here.
Does beeswax clog pores?
Beeswax has a comedogenic rating between 0 - 2. This means it has a low chance of clogging pores. Beeswax protects and moisturises the skin while simultaneously allowing it to breathe.
Does beeswax help eczema?
Beeswax is often said to help reduce eczema and psoriasis. However we haven’t seen any definitive evidence to prove it. If you’ve seen any, feel free to send it our way!
Is there a vegan alternative for beeswax?
Candelilla wax and olive wax are possible substitutes for beeswax. However, they don’t give quite the same creamy skin feel as beeswax.
If you’re going to substitute, definitely make a test batch first to make sure you’re happy with the finished product.
How do you make a skin treatment with beeswax?
Try our cocoa lotion bar recipe, click here!