Beeswax is a byproduct of the metabolizing of nectar by the hive and is used to create the honeycomb. When pure, it retains a subtle sweetness and warmth in color, taste and scent. When used topically, beeswax forms a protective barrier that shields the skin from environmental assault. An efficient and natural humectant, it attracts water molecules and holds them close, retaining moisture. Unlike petroleum-based substances, beeswax is breathable and won’t suffocate pores. Beeswax also carries anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits and is highly useful in treating irritation and minor wounds.