wax

We have plenty of beeswax!

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Pure, sweet-smelling beeswax 🙂

This is what 2.5kg of pure beeswax looks like.

One of the many advantages of Warré hives is that the bees draw new comb each season, meaning the wax is harvested as well as the honey. This produces a lot of lovey chemical-free wax!

(If you’re wondering about the strange patterns, this is the byproduct of pouring the filtered wax into containers that have water at the bottom, to stop the wax sticking.)

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Nothing but beeswax, which produces a lovely honey smell when lit

We do a variety of things with the wax, including hand lotion, home-made fire lighters and candles (of course!).

We still have plenty of wax left over, so knock on our door if you’d like to buy some for your own projects 🙂

 

Our first beeswax

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Our first block of beeswax (fork just for scale -- not for eating!)
Our first block of beeswax (fork just for scale — not for eating!)

One of the upsides of our hive catastrophe is that it provided a lot of honeycomb. After the honey was harvested, the rest was ready to be processed into beeswax.

There were a few steps in the process, including the use of our home-built solar wax melter (the topic of a future post). The photo above shows the final result.

It’s a lovely yellow colour, and hopefully pretty pure. Now we just have to work out what to do with it!

Possibilities include:

  • beeswax candles
  • lip balm
  • ointments (combined with various essential oils, etc)
  • furniture wax

Any other suggestions?