What is Beeswax
Beeswax is produced by the younger worker bees. It is secreted from specialised glands on the bees’ abdomen in small flakes it is then chewed and molded into the well known hexagon shape that they use for raising their young and storing the honey.
When we harvest the honey, the top layer of wax that covers the cells, the ‘cappings’, must be removed from the frames so that the honey can be extracted. This is slowly melted down and filtered and provides the finest wax that we use in our candles
Most beeswax is gold or yellow but can also come in shades of orange or brown. This is determined by the variety of plants the bees collect nectar and pollen from. This also gives the wax a delightful, light fragrance of honey, flowers and pollen.
If you wonder why it is so expensive, consider this: It has been estimated that bees must fly 150,000 miles to produce one pound of wax. Bees must eat between six and ten pounds of honey to secrete a pound of wax. So for every hundred pounds of honey a beekeeper harvests, only one to two pounds of beeswax are produced.
The Uses of Beeswax
Beeswax can be used for a multitude of things It makes wonderful lip balms, hand lotions, hand creams
and soap, wood finishes, waxes, leather polishes; waterproofing products, and dental molds; the list is endless. It is waterproof and unaffected by mildew which is why top furniture restorers use it as polish and it also has antiseptic properties.
Beeswax makes superior, slow burning candles, it also 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, burn with a bright flame and do not drip.