Beeswax is a by-product of honey production. It is produced by female honey bees. Bees use propolis derived from resins and essential oils from local plants and trees to glue together the wooden frames inside their hives. The wax colour itself is determined by the plants the bees collect their nectar from. It ranges in colour from gold, yellow, orange to brown.
Beeswax products can be a little more expensive than those made with artificial substitutes, but consider this - it has been estimated that bees must fly 150, 000 miles and consume 6 lbs of honey to produce just ONE lb of wax and for every 100 lbs of honey a beekeeper harvests, only 1-2 lbs of wax is produced!