- Beeswax is created by the female worker bees from the nectar and pollen in the flowers they gather. They use it to make their honeycombs. Virgin beeswax, immediately after being secreted is white and fairly odorless. It then becomes darker with use from holding honey, pollen, silk, and larval debris. This is why beeswax comes in different shades of yellow, that don’t always look the same. It also gathers its yummy smell over time and use by the bees.
- To make one pound of beeswax, a female worker bee must visit about 30 million different flower blossoms, and eat give or take 10 pounds of honey! This means that they sometimes must fly up to 150,000 miles to gather. I guess the term ‘busy bee’ is truth be told.
- Since it is all natural, beeswax is healthy and considered to be safe for human consumption. It was approved as a safe ingredient in human food in the United States in the 1970’s. It is inert and doesn’t interact with the human digestive system, however it is used to encapsulate or dissolve substances (homeopathic medicine), which are slowly released into the body. It is also used in all-natural make up and in CANDLES!
- Beeswax is used in our all-natural pillar blend, as well as our Buddha candles. Beeswax produces negative ions that help to clean air in rooms and can help improve your sense of well being. We choose to incorporate it in our pillar blend because it makes our candles burn brighter and longer – and you don’t have to worry about chemicals being released in your air, like they are from most paraffin pillar candles out there! We would not ever dream of dying our beeswax; as any adulteration takes away its natural, wonderful affects.
- Ever notice a whitish film forming on your beeswax Buddha? This is called ‘bloom’ and it is the result of certain plant materials like pollen and propolis that rise to the surface, it is actually a good sign because it means that you have high quality beeswax. The good news is if you don’t like this added, unique finish, it is easily wiped away with a soft cloth. The bloom does not affect how your candle burns.