Origin: Beeswax is formed by worker bees, which secrete it from eight wax-producing mirror glands on the inner sides of the sternites.
Also Known As: Cera Alba
Overview: Beeswax (cera alba) is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis. Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols. It serves as a non-gelling natural thickener and viscosity enhancer in cosmetic products. It has goof emollient and film-forming properties.
- Moisturizers such as creams and lotions
- Balms and ointments
- Lipsticks and lip balms
- Cold creams
- Protective creams
Ideal Concentration Level in Products: 2% to 40% added to the oil phase of formulas.