Beeswax is the chief component of R&F encaustic paint. R&F white beeswax has been decolorized by mechanical filtration, rather than through bleaching which breaks the wax down. Filtering the wax is a gentler process that makes it less reactive to pigments than chemical bleaching. The wax comes granulated so that it is easier to measure and to melt. You can use beeswax as the prime ingredient, along with damar resin, for making your own encaustic medium or encaustic paints. Beeswax can also be used on its own, but without the resin the surface will remain soft, as is the nature of the material, so not recommended for encaustics without damar resin.