Q.What Is White Beeswax?
Beeswax, as the name would suggest, is a type of wax that is made by bees. It is the role of the female worker bees to produce the wax, and this is after consuming honey. The wax is produced by glands in their abdomen. The arrangement of the glands is responsible for the appearance of the beehive. The role of the wax is to provide structural integrity to the hive.
What Is White Beeswax?
The wax segregated from the hive bee’s honeycomb is the white beeswax. With the exposure of the thin layers to the action of moisture, sunlight and air, it is deodorized and bleached. The wax comes with a granulated form and it gets the white color without the use of chlorine or chemicals.
White beeswax is called so on account of its color. Typically, most people expect natural beeswax to be yellow or orange in color. However, when produced, the beeswax is initially white in color. Through the addition of other compounds such as pollen, the wax then changes color to yellow or orange.
There are other factors that will influence the color of the beeswax. One of these is the length of time it is left in the hive. Typically, beeswax that stays in the hive for longer tends to have a darker color. When taken out of the hive early on, it is likely to be white in color since it will not have had time to accumulate other discoloring compounds.
In addition to that, other issues that affect the color of the beeswax include how clean it is as well as the temperature it is kept at. The higher the temperature, the darker the beeswax. All in all, this means that when you come across white beeswax, you should not assume that it is bleached, as it is possible to have white natural beeswax.