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BEESWAX

Natural Cosmetic, Candle, & Medicinal Wax


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  • Beeswax Description
  • Beeswax Uses, Health Benefits, & Scientific Evidence
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    BEESWAX DESCRIPTION

    A STRUCTURAL SUBSTANCE FROM BEEHIVES

    Beeswax use dates back as far as 5,000 years when the ancient Egyptians used it to make paint, and also to protect the surface of tomb paintings from moisture. Cleopatra's cold creams, lotions, lipsticks, hair dressings and nail polishes all contained Beeswax. Her attendants used small amounts of it in her bath soap for fragrance. During the Middle Ages Beeswax was used as a currency. During the 1800's, doctors used Beeswax in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery, and during the Civil war, a mixture of goldenseal and Beeswax was applied as a salve to gunshot wounds and powder burns. Today Beeswax is used in candles due to its naturally high melting point, and it still is used for medicinal purposes and in cosmetics.

    Beeswax is produced by the (female) worker honeybees. The wax is secreted from wax glands on the underside of the bee's abdomen and is molded into six-sided cells which are filled with honey, then capped with more wax. When honey is harvested, the top layer of wax that covers the cells, or the cappings, must be removed from each hexagon-shaped cell. Just to put it into perspective, one pound of wax requires the bees to consume about ten pounds of honey.





    honey comb and bees wax


    BEESWAX USES, HEALTH BENEFITS, & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    ANTISEPTIC PROPERTIES

    Beeswax has antiseptic properties and is used as a medicinal salve or ointment for burns and wounds. It also works well as an emollient as it protects the skin and helps seal in moisture. Beeswax is great for waterproofing, is useful as a lubricant, and is a natural preservative.

    BEESWAX AS AN EMULSIFIER

    Pure, unrefined beeswax has a golden color and the sweet smell of honey. It is used to thicken natural lotions, salves, lip balms and creams. It also acts as an emulsifier to help bind oils and water together.

    Beeswax works well in cosmetic products because of the "wax esthers" that exist in both beeswax and human skin and it is these compounds which help to bind and emulsify ointments, lipsticks and lotions. As a natural hydrating ingredient that increases essential moisture in skin, it is commonly found in hand and body creams that help retain natural skin moisture and in the relief of itching from sensitive skin. Beeswax has an irritation potential of zero, and a comedogenicity rating of 0 to 2, which means that when formulated and used correctly in cosmetic formulations, beeswax will not cause a problem or clog the pores, but brings a host of very positive attributes, such as general healing and softening, as an antiseptic, and an emollient to cosmetic products. In foaming cosmetics such as skin and body detergents, beeswax improves skin compatibility and reduces the aggressive properties of surfactants, while in shampoos and hair conditioners it improves the condition and the manageability of the hair.

    Even after processing, it still remains a biologically active product, retaining some anti-bacterial properties and also contains some vitamin A, which is necessary for normal cell development. In folk medicine beeswax was used as an anticeptic for wound healing and beeswax ear candles were used for ear wax removal. They are believed to be able to heal ear infection and improve hearing by removing the wax inside the ear.

    Listed below are some of the many reasons Beeswax is used in cosmetics:
    • It is easily incorporated in water and oil emulsions.
    • It is an excellent emollient and support for moisturizers.
    • It gives skin protective action of a non-occlusive type.
    • It gives good "body" (consistency) to emulsions, oil and gels.
    • It reinforces the action of detergents.
    • It increases the protective action of sunscreens.
    • Its elasticity and plasticity improve product efficacy by allowing thinner films.
    • It provides greater permanence on skin and lip surfaces.
    • It does not provoke allergic reactions.
    • It is compatible with many cosmetic ingredients.

    Beeswax is very frequently used in the following cosmetic applications:
    • Beauty creams.
    • Cleansing creams.
    • Cold creams and lotions.
    • Emollient and barrier creams.
    • Depilatories.
    • Lipsticks - protective sticks in general.
    • Nail creams.
    • Sun protection products.
    • Eye and face make up.
    • Foundation creams.
    • Soaps.
    • Ear Candles (for removing ear wax).

    Beeswax is very frequently used in the following crafts:
    • Candlemaking.
    • Beeswax modeling.
    • Making crayons.
    • Encaustic art (melting crayons onto an iron and then "painting" it onto paper).
    • Furniture polish.

    The melting point for Beeswax is approximately 140 to 150°F. Beeswax should only be melted in an approved electric wax melter, crock pot, microwave oven, or double boiler. Do not melt beeswax in a pan directly on a stove under direct heat. Beeswax is mildly flammable and will start on fire if the wax comes in direct contact with a flame.



    SLEEPING BEAUTY CREAM RECIPE

    1 tablespoon grated Beeswax
    1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
    1/4 cup light Sesame Seed Oil
    1/4 cup Orange Flower Water
    Pinch of Borax Powder

    Mix together the beeswax, vitamin E oil, and sesame oil. Heat gently until the beeswax is melted. Combine the orange flower water and borax powder, and heat until very warm. Pour the warm water into the oil mixture and stir well. Continue to stir, or pour the whole mixture into and electric blender and blend for 1 minute. Pour the cream into a clean container and allow it to cool completely. Store in a cool, dry place. Apply the cream before you go to bed.



    HERBAL SKIN CREAM RECIPE

    3/4 ounce Beeswax Shavings or Beads
    1 cup Vegetable Oil
    1 cup Water (or Rose Water)
    24 drops (1/4 teaspoon) Rose Geranium Essential Oil or 6 drops Rose Essential Oil.

    Heat the beeswax and oil in a pot unti lthe beeswax melts. Remove from heat, and add essential oils. In a separate pot, heat the water until it's warm to the touch. Remove the center ring on the lid of your blender or food processor and pour in the warm water. With the blender on high speed, slowly add the oil-beeswax mixture until it begins to solidify (this should happen once three-quarters of it has been added to the water). As this happens, continue adding the oil-beeswax mixture to the water, stirring in the top edges as they turn solid. Keep adding the oil and beeswax to the water until the mixture cannot absorb any more. Turn off the blender, and, using a rubber spatula, pour the cream into wide-mouthed jars while it is warm and can be poured (pimento jars are ideal).

    Note: Substances that contain water invite bacterial growth. However, essential oils and beeswax (and vitamin E) are natural preservatives and, under most conditions, they will give a cream at least a six-month shelf life. If you keep the cream refrigerated, it should keep three times as long.



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  • BEESWAX DOSAGE INFORMATION

    A VARIETY OF PRODUCTS

    Beeswax comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions.

    There is no specific dosage for Beeswax. It is an ingredient used to hold together other ingredients in a formula, giving it body, health and moisturizing benefits.

    melting beeswax in waterbath


    When using Beeswas for homemade products, keep in mind the melting point for Beeswax is approximately 140 to 150°F. Beeswax should only be melted in an approved electric wax melter, crock pot, microwave oven, or double boiler. A glass pyrex or metal bowl can be used placed in a hot water bath to keep it at a workable temperature. It will solidify as it cools. Do not melt beeswax in a pan directly on a stove under direct heat. Beeswax is mildly flammable and will start on fire if the wax comes in direct contact with a flame.





    BEESWAX SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS

    SAFETY CONCERNS

    Beeswax is generally regarded as safe. People with bee & bee product allergies should not use beeswax as it could cause interactions.




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    BEESWAX SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Beeswax, Bulk Cosmetic Wax Products
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Beeswax Pastilles, Bulk Cosmetic Wax Products
    These beeswax pastilles are produced in the same manner as our traditional bulk beeswax, only in a more convenient size. These pastilles, or sometimes known as pellets have a deep golden color, rich aroma, and the average dimension of each pastille is 3 mm. Choose from 2 different sizes.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Beeswax, Filtered, Bulk Cosmetic Wax Products
    A wonderful substance secreted by worker honeybees. This line of pure, filtered, cosmetic grade bees wax comes from the Pacific Northwest by beekeepers that Mountain Rose Herbals have a wonderful working relationship with. This beautiful wax is the finest they have ever acquired; producing a very fragrant, clean, and perfectly filtered product without the debris and muddy color found in typical waxes. Use it for cosmetics, salves, body care products, lotions and you can melt it down to make your own aromatic candles. Pure bees wax with no filler, synthetics, debris, or foreign fragrances. Choose from 3 different sizes.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Beeswax Beads, White, Filtered, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Beeswax Beads, White, Filtered, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Beeswax Beads, Yellow, Filtered, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Beeswax Beads, Yellow, Filtered, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Beeswax Slab, Yellow, Filtered, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Beeswax Chunks, Yellow, Unfiltered, 1 lb.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Beeswax Candles, Cylinder Works, 4 pack
    HerbsPro: All Natural Beeswax Candle, Herbal, Wally's Natural Products, 4 Pack
    HerbsPro: All Natural Beeswax Candle, Wally's Natural Products, 12 Pack
    Light the large end of the candle and then gently place the small end where you want the smoke to go. Do not force or push the candle. The goal is to let the warm smoke cascade out of the small end of the candle. These Multi-Purpose Hollow Candles are unique because they have an integrated filter tip that prevents any debris or ash from falling through the candle. As the candle burns, remember to cut off the ash every inch and extinguish the ash into a bowl of water. It is recommended to remove the candle from where you are using it while trimming. When the candle is burned down to four inches from the small end, extinguish it into a bowl of water and discard the unused portion. Use caution when working with fire. Never burn a candle shorter than four inches in length. A pie tin or paper plate should be used as a safety precaution. Burnt ash should be trimmed with scissors and extinguished into a bowl of water (be careful as the ashes may be hot). Candles should not be used by children. Do not attempt to blow out the candle to extinguish it as this may cause smoldering ash to spread.
    HerbsPro: Beeswax Candles, Cylinder Works, 50 pack


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Beeswax Slab, Filtered, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.: C
    Kalyx: Beeswax Blocks, Yellow, Starwest Botanicals, Organic, 1 lb.: C (C)
    Kalyx: Beeswax Beads, White, Frontier Bulk Herbs, 1 lb: K
    Kalyx: Beeswax Beads, White, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb.: C
    Kalyx: Beeswax Chunks, Unfiltered, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Beeswax, Frontier Aromatherapy, 16 oz. - 1 lb: K
    Kalyx: Beeswax Beads, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Beeswax Ear Candle, 9-Inch, Starwest Botanicals, 1 dozen: C
    Kalyx: Beeswax Candle, Honey Candle Co, 3-Inch Pillar: K


    AMAZON PRODUCTS


    Amazon: Beeswax Yellow Pastilles, Organic 100% Pure, Larkin Supply, 16 oz,
    Beeswax is a wonderful substance - a natural wax secreted by worker honeybees. Beeswax has been used across the globe since the dawn of civilization. It has been used to make food, cosmetics and medicine. Our organic, all natural beeswax is good for both cosmetic and medicinal applications. It comes packed into small pastilles, ensuring that it will be convenient and easy to use. Our beeswax is a very fragrant, clean, and perfectly filtered product without the debris and muddy color found in typical waxes. Beeswax has considerable water-holding capacity. Adding it to body care products, salves, lotions and cosmetics will improve their appearance and consistency. You can also use them to make your own aromatic candles. As they fill your rooms with a pure, pleasant scent, they will emit negative ions that will help reduce unpleasant odors, dust, pollen and other allergen. Beeswax candles emit virtually no smoke, and they burn hotter and brighter than most other candles. Beeswax is suitable for food and cosmetic uses.


    Amazon: Beeswax Yellow Pellets, Natural Planet, 1 lb.
    100% natural beeswax pellets. A bee consumes an estimated 6 to 10 pounds of honey for each pound of the wax it secretes. After honey is removal, the comb is melted to produce the beeswax. This beeswax is hand packaged in 1 pound, sealed bags and ready for you to use. Beeswax has a high melting point range, of 144 to 147°F). If beeswax is heated above 185°F discoloration occurs. Use this wax in creams and lotions for extra body, in balms and body butters for stiffness and rigidity and in soaps and candles for hardness.


    Amazon: Beeswax White Pellets, Superior Quality, White Beeswas Co., 1 lb.
    100% natural beeswax pellets. A bee consumes an estimated 6 to 10 pounds of honey for each pound of the wax it secretes. After honey is removal, the comb is melted to produce the beeswax. This beeswax is hand packaged in 1 pound, sealed bags and ready for you to use. Beeswax has a high melting point range, of 144 to 147°F). If beeswax is heated above 185°F discoloration occurs. Use this wax in creams and lotions for extra body, in balms and body butters for stiffness and rigidity and in soaps and candles for hardness.


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