What is Beeswax?
Beeswax is a useful and fragrant gift from nature.
About 150,000 bees are required to consume ten pounds of honey, from
which only a single pound of beeswax is produced. Beeswax is created in
the form of microscopic scales exuded from the underside of a bee's
abdomen. Beeswax is produced with no colour or scent, nevertheless they
are accumulated both from absorption while in the hive. Beeswax
therefore, varies in colour and scent.
Beeswax is made by worker bees.
It is secreted from glands situated on the underside of the abdomen,
and molded into the honeycomb that is used as storage space for honey
and pollen, and as brood chambers for larval bees. The production of
beeswax is stimulated when there is a great supply of flower nectar.
Bees do not build comb before it is needed.
The rich color of
beeswax is a result of the floral sources the bees forage on. Beeswax
is almost pure white when first secreted, but gets its color from the pollen and propolis the bees gather.
Beeswax melts at 64C (About 147F), the highest melting temperature of any known natural wax, that characteristic means that beeswax candles have longer burning times than other types of candles. It also means that beeswax candles and ornaments may be displayed and enjoyed in almost any area of the home.
Over time, beeswax will develop a beautiful frosted look called "bloom".
This is caused by natural components of the wax migrating to the
surface as a result of environmental conditions (mainly temperature).
The bloom gives candles and ornaments an antique appearance that some
people really like, but if it is not desired, it can be removed by
rubbing softly with a terry cloth, or carefully warming the wax with a
blow dryer set on low. The presence of bloom is one sure way to tell a pure beeswax candle!
The beauty and versatility of natural beeswax make it valuable in both home and industry.
The fact that it is a hypoallergenic, renewable resource means you can
feel good about using it and enjoying it as much as you like.