Beeswax is a major bee product and can be used in various ways. Industrially it is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and textiles. Other uses include beekeeping industry, candle making and leather industry.
- Beeswax is a major ingredients in the preparation of beauty soaps, creams, ointments, lipsticks, lotions, nail polish, rouge and eye pencils.
- Threads used for sewing shoes or other leather articles are often coated with beeswax for lubrication and durability.
- Beeswax is used in making comb foundation and queen cups. When applied on top bars it acts as a bee attractant.
- Beeswax is used for designing desired patterns on clothes e.g. batik (kitenge).
- This is the largest use of beeswax as a raw material. Candles made of beeswax burn longer, have a nice aroma and are environmentally friendly.
- Beeswax can be used to protect cheese and some fruits from moulding and further drying.
- Beeswax is also used in chewing gums, inks, electric insulators and adhesives, floor and furniture polishes, grafting, carbon papers, waterproofing and crayons.