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Item # WAX1- 1 LB WHITENED
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Beeswax has been a prized substance for thousands of years. It is used in thousands of products, from candles and cosmetics to lubricants for black powder shooting and duck hunting decoys. It takes approximately 8 pounds of nectar for a honeybee colony to produce 1 lb of wax. Natural beeswax varies in color due to many factors, including nectar source, age of the wax, how heavily trafficked on (by tiny bee feet!), among many other things.
It is mainly made up of esters of fatty acids and is water insoluble when solid. Its specific gravity allows it to float on water. By a melting it in a vat of water one can 'render' the wax; and separate it from the other substances embedded in the wax which sink to the bottom of the rendering vessel. The remnants of the rendering process are refered to as slum gum. Once rendered, the wax worker can further separate the wax by filtering it through various grades of filter cloth, leaving a beautiful colored wax once the wax is poured into shaping blocks and cools to a solid state. There is no residue at the bottom of any of our wax.
We carry two varieties of pure beeswax: white and cleaned beewax. White beeswax is a pure, unbleached beeswax that has been pressure filtered. Ideal for candles (will lighten regular beeswax when mixed together) and cosmetics. Varies in color from white to cream.
Cleaned yellow beeswax has been heated and filtered. Varies in color from light yellow to orange yellow.