Cera Alba

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Low hazard for health. Beeswax is produced by bees, it is biodegradable and suitable for greywater and septic tanks.

Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis. It is mainly esters of fatty acids and various long chain alcohols. The wax is formed by worker bees, who secrete it from eight wax-producing mirror glands on the inner sides of the sternites (the ventral shield or plate of each segment of the body) on abdominal segments 4 to 7. Honey bees use the beeswax to build honeycomb cells in which their young are raised and honey and pollen are stored. For the wax-making bees to secrete wax, the ambient temperature in the hive has to be 33 to 36 °C (91 to 97 °F). To produce their wax, bees must consume about eight times as much honey by mass. Typically, for a honey beekeeper, 10 pounds of honey yields 1 pound of wax. It is estimated that bees collectively fly 150,000 miles, roughly six times around the earth, to yield one pound of beeswax (530,000 km/kg). Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beeswax

INCI Name Cera Alba
Ingredient Origins Asiatic Honey Bee
Role Emollient, Viscosity Modifying Agent
Common Name Beeswax
EWG Rating 0 - 0
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