BEESWAX

Natural Beeswax is a byproduct of honey production. It makes wonderful lip balms, hand lotions, hand creams, moisturizers, in cosmetics, wood finishes, waxes, leather polishes; waterproofing products, and dental molds.

It is impervious to water and unaffected by mildew. It has a melting point of 61 to 65 degrees Celsius and should only be heated using a double boiler as it is flammable when subjected to fire and flames. It is pliable at 37 degrees Celsius.

Natural Beeswax is produced by the (female) worker honeybees. The wax is secreted from wax glands on the underside of the bee’s abdomen and is molded into six-sided cells which are filled with honey, then capped with more wax. When honey is harvested, the top layer of wax that covers the cells, the cappings, must be removed from each hexagon-shaped cell.

Bees use propolis (derived from resins and essential oils from local plants and pine trees ) to “glue” together the wooden frames in their hive, and that must be scraped off so the frames can be separated. The natural beeswax, which contains some honey, bee parts, and other impurities, must be melted and filtered or strained.

Most natural beeswax is gold or yellow but can also be in shades of orange, brown, etc. The color of the wax is in most part determined by the type of plants the bees collect nectar from. Beeswax has a delightful, light fragrance of honey, flower nectar and pollen.

Beeswax makes superior, slow burning candles. Natural Beeswax burns more beautifully than any other wax. It exudes a faint, natural fragrance of honey and pollen. When candles are made with the proper size of wicking, they are smokeless, dripless, and burn with a bright flame.

If you wonder why natural beeswax is so expensive, consider this: It has been estimated that bees must fly 240,000 Kilometers to produce half a Kilogram of wax. Bees must eat about three kilograms of honey to secrete half a Kilogram of wax. For every fifty kilograms of honey a beekeeper harvests, only half a kilogram to a kilogram of beeswax is produced.