Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees. It is the end product of the collection of pollen by worker bees. Once gathered from the bees, the wax is rendered to rid it of impurities.
Properties and qualities
Beeswax is a tough wax that is brittle when cold. Its colour varies from white to brown but is most often a shade of yellow. Beeswax has been put to use for hundreds of years and its applications are many and varied. It has variously been used in the manufacture of cosmetics, candles, furniture, polish, wood conditioner and batik printing amongst many other things. It can be combined with other edible or inedible oils to provide other treatment qualities. As beeswax burns slowly, it is an ideal material for candles. It is also water-resistant, which makes it an excellent substance for protecting wood and just about any other material from water and rotting. Beeswax never spoils and can be heated and reused.
How does it feel?
Beeswax feels firm and waxy.
Products treated with beeswax should be wiped clean with a wet cloth. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your beeswax product.