Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees. Worker bees have eight wax-producing glands. The wax of honeycomb is nearly white, but becomes progressively more yellow or brown by incorporation of pollen and propolis.
Beeswax is used to make fine candles, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, in polishing materials such as shoe polish and furniture polish and as a component of modeling waxes and even as a moustache wax.
Beeswax candles burn cleanly, with little or no wax dripping down the sides and little visible smoke. The burning characteristics of beeswax candles differ from those of paraffin. A beeswax candle flame has a "warmer," more yellow color than that of paraffin, and the color of the flame may vary depending on the season in which the wax was harvested.