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Beeswax (Cera Alba)

This waxy substance comes from beehives and is naturally secreted by honeybees in the form of scales. It was used by the Egyptians for mummification and by the Romans as a waterproofing agent for painted walls. In the Middle Ages, it was considered valuable enough to act as a currency. Beeswax soothes and protects the skin from dryness without inhibiting its ability to breathe. It also serves as an emulsifier.