Its origin is interesting: two to three weeks old bees produce it by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees, which discard it in or at the hive. The produced beeswax is completely translucent, but as the bees process (by chewing) it becomes white. It interacts with pollen-propolis to give us the later yellowish-brown color we know.
Pure wax has a melting point of 62-65 °C, but may be broken at temperatures below 20 °C.
Beeswax is used by bees in the construction of honeycomb and is produced from their own body secretions. When extracting the wax, beekeepers clean the honeycombs from contamination by thawing, mechanical filtration and settling. No chemical treatment required!