Bees provide us with a wonderful glandular secretion known as beeswax that has numerous healthy skin care benefits. When it is used in it's pure and unadulterated form and applied to the skin, it creates a moisture-locking protective barrier that it is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
The wax is produced for the honeycomb by the worker bee's abdomen. The female worker bees have wax glands on their abdomens; when the wax makes contact with the air, it hardens to a thin sheet or scale. The bee then scrapes the wax scale off its abdomen and passes it to its mouth, chewing it until it's soft enough to use for building the honeycomb.
The purpose for using beeswax in cosmetics is for stabilizing the consistency of the product for application, but doubles as a healthy benefit. Other uses of beeswax include using it as a lubricant for anything that needs lubing, candles that don't smoke, an additive for yummy foods like chocolate, chewing it like a gum, wood wax polish, wood filler, and probably anything where you can use a natural wax.
Prim and Primal uses fresh local beeswax in our deodorant from Little Angels Honey Farms. Owner and beekeeper, Gene Ciampini, has this to say about his bee farm. "We produce the highest quality virgin grade beeswax. Its high quality starts with the natural way we farm our bees. Unlike the vast majority of beekeepers, we don't employ the use of harsh chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics inside our hives to rid our bees of pests and diseases. This keeps our beeswax ultra-pure for use in cosmetics that are applied to the skin or hair, or that may be ingested. Also unlike the usual harsh method of boiling the wax at high temperatures to clarify it, we use a much gentler solar-melting technique. This slower, more natural method removes naturally-occurring particulate from the beeswax while allowing it to retain its natural oils that give it superior performance properties over commercially available waxes. Such waxes, although claimed to be real beeswax, are most often blends of cheaper, non-pure waxes that are often tainted with colorants, chemicals and bleaching agents. Our all-natural beeswax confirms its authenticity by producing a pleasing honey-sweet aroma with varying color palettes."