For thousands of years, humankind has benefited from the wax that makes up the food storage system of honeybees called honeycomb. Its applications vary, although historically, beeswax has been most sought after by healers and artists. However, ant reference to wax before the 19th century refers to that made by bees. Naturally, it requires little processing as beekeepers melt the honeycombs in boiling water which acts as a filter by allowing solid impurities to sink to the bottom. Interestingly, bees can create white or yellow was depending on the type of flowers they visit to collect their resources.
Most cosmetic companies prefer processed wax that has been altered from fragrant Yellow to white which has no odor and neutral, white color. We prefer yellow as it was not intentionally bleached and dearomatized. We never miss a chance to breathe in the honey-like aroma of yellow wax blocks or granules. For our purposes, the wax acts as a thickener, antioxidant, and emulsifier. You may find it in our very first soap - Bee Happy and in all of the balms we make. Some people avoid animal waxes altogether because of their origin and connection to the continuous animal exploitation by members of human society.
The debate on beeswax and veganism can be tough to argue if one must choose a side, More importantly, people must consider whether the wax they plan to use is naturally derived from plants and animals or a synthetic version. Naturally occurring waxes are better simply because the human body can recognize them as what they are making them much more compatible with physiologic functions.
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