Beeswax is made by bees to create the hexagonal cell structures (comb) inside the hive. When beekeepers harvest honey, they remove the capsfrom the honeycomb cells to extract the honey. The caps are melted down and filtered to remove non-wax particles from the beeswax. NOW(R) Solutions unrefined, yellow beeswax is an incredibly versatile, natural ingredient suitable for making your own cosmetics (eg. balms, lotions, deodorants, etc.) and household products (eg. candles, wood polish, etc.). It is an excellent addition to cosmetic products, because it creates a barrier which helps to seal in moisture, without being airtight, while helping to protect the skin from environmental irritants.