Cleansing and moisturising
Beeswax (Cera alba) is the substance that forms the structure of a honeycomb. Bees convert nectar into wax, building honeycomb to store their honey. Ten pounds of honey produces one pound of wax. It has a honey-like aroma and can be distilled into a fragrance.
Like the honey it houses, beeswax has therapeutic properties of great use in cosmetics. It is said to be particularly effective in healing bruises, inflammation and burns. Beeswax also gives a rich emollient quality to creams, which is very useful for dry skin. Deeply moisturising, it creates a waterproof barrier on the skin.