Ingredient Name: Beeswax (Cera alba)
What is it? Beeswax is derived from honeycomb and produced by honeybees. It has an impressive composition with over 300 constituents, including fatty acids, esters of fatty acids, and fatty alcohols. Beeswax has a long history of uses and has been described in medicinal texts found in Egypt as well as referred to by Hippocrates to address a variety of ailments.*
- Locks in moisture
- Binds other ingredients
- Repairs skin
*= This information has not been approved by the FDA
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