14 Facts About Beeswax


Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis.

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Beeswax has been used since prehistory as the first plastic, as a lubricant and waterproofing agent, in lost wax casting of metals and glass, as a polish for wood and leather, for making candles, as an ingredient in cosmetics and as an artistic medium in encaustic painting.

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Beeswax is edible, having similarly negligible toxicity to plant waxes, and is approved for food use in most countries and in the European Union under the E number E901.

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Beeswax is formed by worker bees, which secrete it from eight wax-producing mirror glands on the inner sides of the sternites on abdominal segments 4 to 7.

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Beeswax is a tough wax formed from a mixture of several chemical compounds.

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Beeswax can be classified generally into European and Oriental types.

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Beeswax candles are purported to be superior to other wax candles, because they burn brighter and longer, do not bend, and burn cleaner.

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Beeswax is the candle constituent of choice in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Beeswax blended with pine rosin is used for waxing, and can serve as an adhesive to attach reed plates to the structure inside a squeezebox.

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Beeswax is used by percussionists to make a surface on tambourines for thumb rolls.

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Beeswax was formerly used in the manufacture of phonograph cylinders.

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Beeswax is used in lip balm, lip gloss, hand creams, salves, and moisturizers; and in cosmetics such as eye shadow, blush, and eye liner.

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Beeswax is an important ingredient in moustache wax and hair pomades, which make hair look sleek and shiny.

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Beeswax was among the first plastics to be used, alongside other natural polymers such as gutta-percha, horn, tortoiseshell, and shellac.

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