Beeswax (cera alba) is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis.
The wax is formed into “scales” by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees, who discard it in or at the hive.
The hive workers collect and use it to form cells for honey-storage and larval and pupal protection within the beehive.
Beeswax carries antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that are essential for fighting chapped skin and bacterial infections that tend to affect us most in the dry, winter months. It forms a protective wall by sealing in moisture in our skin without smothering and clogging up the pores.