Our beeswax has a positive impact on the environment, traceability back to the hive, provides fair living wages to the collectors, and imparts positive social impacts on communities.
Cera Alba (Beeswax)
Beeswax is one of history's most remarkable cosmetic ingredients, unlike any other wax in the world. It not only provides thickness and structure to sticks and balms, but it improves texture for smoothness. Beeswax can also thicken emulsions to make beautiful rich butters and creams. Think of it as nature's emulsifier. Our African beeswax is sourced from Western Africa and refined in the USA to ensure sustainable, high quality beeswax that can be traced back to which beekeeper produced it.
The compounds in beeswax that give it its amazing properties can fluctuate depending on what time of year it is, where it is collected, and what the bees have eaten. These variations in chemical makeup can cause various inconsistencies in cosmetic products. The filtering process removes any color and impurities and allows consistency from batch to batch.
Western Africa is incredibly biodiverse, with grassland, forests, crops and flora providing food for year-round bee activity. Bees secrete beeswax to form honeycombs, where their food (honey) is stored. The honeycombs are collected when the hive begins to fill. Once the honeycomb is removed, the bees begin to build again. If the honeycombs were not collected, the bees would abandon their hive when it becomes full. This collection method allows continual regeneration and happy bees. We choose to source African beeswax because of the rich biodiversity and the lack of plant dormancy year-round. Bees store honey in honeycombs as food for winter, when plants are dormant. If we were to source beeswax from regions with extreme seasons or dormant periods, we would be taking food from the bees. Because there is abundant biodiversity independent of season in Western Africa, bees produce high quality wax year-round.
Honeycombs are collected from full hives by local, trained beekeepers in villages. The wax is separated from the honey and the sight collector documents every kilogram of wax purchased from the beekeeper. The sight collector delivers all the wax to the main collection facility in Togo. Once in the US, the crude beeswax is refined by melting and being passed through two filters to remove the color and any impurities from the hive. The liquid wax is then formed into easy-to-use pastilles.
Supplier commitment to social programs for beekeepers
Western Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Togo)
Animal Byproduct (bees)
Thickener, Structurant, Texture Enhancer
Sticks, balms, heavy creams, ointments
1 - 100%
Light Yellow / Sweet / Waxy Pastille
Oils, Butters, Waxes
140ºF - 150ºF
Store in closed container in a dark, cool place.
See retest date on Certificate of Analysis.
For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
Trained beekeepers collect the honeycomb from hives, without disturbing the bees.
The honeycomb and honey are separated. The honey is used for food.
The beeswax is refined in a double-filtration process to remove impurities from the hive.
The hot, liquid beeswax is cooled into pastilles for easy use.
Keep it minimal with this Simple Lotion Bar. Fair Trade Cocoa Butter nourishes with a subtle cocoa-y scent, while Sustainable African Beeswax helps the bar to solidify. This recipe is fun to make with the kids - you can even just pop everything in the microwave and pour.