17 facts about beeswax

facts about beeswax


  • Beeswax is used by honey bees in the construction of combs.
  • A kilogram of wax is produced for every 60kg of honey extracted from hives.
  • Worker bees cannot produce beeswax unless there is an adequate store of honey in the colony.
  • Beeswax is secreted by worker bees from a wax gland  on their abdomen. 
  • Beeswax is made up of wax esters, fatty acids and hydrocarbons.
  • Prior to the 19th century, a “wax” candle typically referred to a beeswax candle.
  • Beeswax is naturally scented by the honey and nectar of flowers and gives off a subtle fragrance as it burns.
  • Beeswax is hydrophobic, which means that it is repelled by water.
  • Beeswax has always been valued as it burns slowly, brightly and without smoke.
  • Beeswax has a melting point of 65 Celsius 
  • Beeswax is used in cosmetics as it contains Vitamin A, which improves skin hydration.
  • Beeswax is used in some lip balm as it helps seal moisture into the skin.
  • Beeswax can be added to soap recipes to make the finished soap harder and longer lasting.
  • Diodorus wrote the myth of icarus between 60 and 30 B.C.E. Icarus wears wings of wax and flies too close to the sun, melting his wings and causing the fall to his death.
  • Virgil, the great Roman Poet (70 BC ) wrote of a flute made by Pan where reeds held together by beeswax.
  • When the Romans conquered the city of Trebizond in the first century AD. they demanded beeswax as a tribute.
  • In the 1300’s farmers in France paid an annual tax of 2 pounds of beeswax each.


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