Bees Wax FAQ

What is Beeswax?

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis. The wax is formed into scales by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees, which discard it in or at the hive. The hive workers collect and use it to form cells for honey storage and larval and pupal protection within the beehive. Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols.

Where does your Beeswax come from?

Our blocks of Beeswax are of the highest quality and are locally produced by busy bees not far from JustIngredients HQ.

What does Beeswax look like?

 

Each block measure 8 x 2cm and has the letters B E E S W A X printed on the dark yellow solid block.

What’s the historical background of Beeswax?

Beeswax has a long historical use, the Ancient Egyptians used it as part of the embalming process, and Ancient Greeks used it to make dolls. It’s been used since prehistory as the first plastic, as a lubricant and waterproofing agent, in lost wax casting of metals and glass, as a polish for wood and leather and for making candles, as an ingredient in cosmetics and as an artistic medium in encaustic painting.

How would you describe the flavour of Beeswax?

Beeswax is tasteless.

What’s the shelf life of Beeswax?

Beeswax has a rather long shelf life, beeswax does not get affected by mould or go rancid over time when stored correctly. When left unprotected beeswax will get a soft ‘bloom’ on the surface but this does not affect the beeswax at all, it will attract dust and grime so it’s best to keep your beeswax in a sealed container or plastic bag to prevent ‘bloom’ from forming.

What are alternatives names for Beeswax?

Alternative names for Beeswax include Cera de Abejas, Cera Flava, Cire d’Abeille, Cire d’Abeille Jaune, Cire Jaune, Yellow Beeswax & Yellow Wax.

What is the suggested use of Beeswax?

Beeswax has many uses; it’s used in the cosmetics industry in lip balms, creams, moisturisers and in hair products such as waxes. The pharmaceutical industry uses it as an antiseptic and emollient in many ointments, salves and even to polish pills. In other industries it is used to make cleaning soaps, polishes and for waterproofing such products as leather. It can be used to make candles, as a base for solid perfumes and much more. Beeswax is also used to make reusable food wraps. Find our Beeswax food wrap recipe here.

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Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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