Beeswax is produced by bees within a bee hive. The wax is produced in the form of tiny scales which are excreted from special glands on underside of the abdomen, of worker bees. Honeybees use the beeswax to build honeycomb cells in which they raise their young and store the honey and pollen that they have collected.

Beeswax Candles

The warmth of the hive for wax production, is in the mid 90's (farenheit) the bees gorge themselves with honey or sugar syrup and cluster together to raise the temperature of the hive. It is estimated that to produce one pound of wax, requires the bees to consume about ten pounds of honey.

Beeswax is almost white in colour, but becomes darker and can turn yellow, dependant upon the type of pollen and oils that are added to it by the bees.

There are many uses for beeswax and you will be surprised at the amount of products that include beeswax in some form or another. The obvious uses are for better quality candles, soap, skin care products, the coatings of sweets and medicine pills, furniture polish, as a lubricant on zips & drawer runners to make them slide smoothly and in quilting and heavy sewing it's put on the thread to ease its passing through tough materials such as leather. The Armed Forces and in particular the Guards melt beeswax into their boots to make the leather surface smoother for buffing to a high shine.

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