Benefits Of Beeswax

A bee on top of a honeycomb

Beeswax is one of the key ingredients in our skincare – especially the Burt’s Bees lip balm – so we wanted to dive a little deeper into what it is, where it comes from and what its benefits are.

What is Beeswax?

Beeswax is a natural, organic substance that’s produced by honey bees and that has a number of benefits when used on the skin, making it a very popular ingredient in skincare products. When cold, Beeswax is tough and easily breakable, but when heated up, it’s a much softer, malleable texture and is used as an emulsifier to help bind cosmetics and skin care lotions.

Beeswax for skin

Beeswax is a popular ingredient in cosmetic formulas because not only does it have a lovely natural scent, but it helps to keep skin moisturised, leaving it feeling beautifully soft and smooth. It’s often used in body creams, lotions and moisturisers, such as in our Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion.


Beeswax prevents skin from feeling dry, as it both hydrates and conditions, ensuring a smooth, supple texture. A key benefit of beeswax is that it acts as a protective barrier between the skin and any environmental stressors. It locks in hydration without clogging your pores, intensely nourishing while still allowing your skin to breathe.

Beeswax is great for softening the skin, which is why we use it in our Beeswax Lip Balm. With Vitamin E and Peppermint Oil, the Burt’s Bees lip balm conditions the skin and provides a refreshing tingle. You’ll be left with smooth, supple and perfectly hydrated lips.


Hydration and moisturisation aren’t the only benefits of beeswax, it’s also a great exfoliator and helps to get rid of dead skin cells, rejuvenating your skin.

Infused with responsibly sourced Beeswax, exotic oils & exfoliating honey crystals, the Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub is the perfect treatment for smoothing dry lips.

Additionally, as an antibacterial agent, beeswax can help to heal damaged skin, with its Vitamin A content promoting cell regeneration. The anti-inflammatory properties that it contains make it a very powerful ingredient in skincare for those with skin conditions, or those who have sensitive skin that gets irritated easily.

Beeswax in makeup

Often, Beeswax is used in makeup products because it’s a natural emulsifier, allowing the liquid and oil components of makeup to bind together and hold. It increases the thickness of solid products such as lipstick, giving them structure and keeping them solid to allow for smooth application. The Burt’s Bees Lipsticks contain beeswax to hydrate, nourish and condition lips, as you apply your colour.

If you suffer from dry skin, you’ll know that some cosmetics can be quite harsh on dry skin, leaving a ‘caking’ effect on the surface. With cosmetics containing beeswax, skin is left hydrated and glowing, with no signs of dry skin in sight.

Beauty Expert

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