Like soybean oil, Bees Wax is one of the most biodegradable and eco-friendly chemicals commonly used for commercial purposes. Bees wax is a natural wax produced by honey bees by being formed into “scales” by eight wax-producing glands in male honey bees which are then discarded in the honey bees’ hives, forming the recognizable pentagonal honeycomb foundation. The chemical composition of bees wax mainly consists of esters of fatty acids and many long-chain alcohols.
Aside from being used to form honeycombs in beehives by honeybees, bees wax also has many varied commercial uses for humans. It is widely used in the production of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, polish for shoes and furniture, and even making candle wax. However, although bees wax is commonly used in the production of food such as glazing agents in food coloring dyes or even used in baking purposes like special bees wax cakes, humans and other mammals have difficulty properly digesting bees wax, meaning that bees wax has little to no nutritional value. However, what it lacks in nutritional value for humans it makes up for in commercial and industrial value.