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Bees Wax originates by the European Honeybees ‘Apis mellifera’ native to Europe. It’s the most common of the 7–12 honey bees species found worldwide. It gets its name ‘APIS’ Latin for “bee”, and ‘MELLIFERA’ Latin for “honey-bearing”, referring to the species production of honey. The European Honey Bee (12 to 15 mm long) was first successfully brought into Australia in 1822 by early colonists for honey production. Australian bee keepers manage hundreds of thousands of hives from this variety, providing valuable services in honey production and crop pollination. European Honeybees are some of the most common bees that people notice in their gardens. It takes roughly 10kg of honey to produce 1kg of beeswax.
HOW IS BEES WAX MADE?
Cera alba “beeswax” is a purified wax that comes from bee honeycombs which the bees produces by converting nectar they gather from flowers. Among other things, the wax acts as a storage container for the honey and beekeepers harvest both simultaneously.
When beekeepers extract the honey, they cut off the wax caps from each honeycomb cell. The colour of the wax varies from nearly white to brownish, but most often a shade of yellow, depending on the purity, region, and the type of flowers gathered by the bees. The process of harvesting and extracting honey also leads to the collection of beeswax. The beeswax is separate from the honey using a centrifuge machine which drains the liquid honey away leaving its wax behind.
WHY DO WE USE IT?
Beeswax is a natural, biodegradable wax that can be used in many ways. This versatile wax locks in moisture and can help keep the skin firm and plump. The anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties soothe easily irritated skin.
PRODUCTS CONTAINING BEES WAX