Our unfiltered industrial grade beeswax is 100% raw beeswax taken straight from the hive without any additional filtering or processing. Beeswax is one of nature’s most amazing products. Honey bees have four pairs of glands on the underside of their abdomen that secretes the wax, which is derived from the same nectar that the bees collect from flowers to create honey.
Since unfiltered beeswax is a completely natural product, the color and aroma can vary from batch to batch depending on where the hives were located, which type of nectar was being collected and where the wax came from within the hive. Wax can be collected from honeycomb cappings or from the foundation used in the hive. In general, beeswax from older foundations is darker in color and may have a stronger, earthy aroma. Our unfiltered industrial grade beeswax is just that, and therefore much darker in color and has a more robust aroma compared to our cosmetic grade beeswax. It also contains impurities that need to be filtered out (see below).
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Unfiltered industrial beeswax has a variety of household applications and is frequently used as a base ingredient in furniture polish, shoe polish, ski or surfboard wax and as a wood sealant and protectant. It can also be used in sewing and embroidery to make it easier to run a needle through fabric.
We recommend using our unfiltered industrial grade beeswax in products that are textile in nature, such as in woodworking and as a protectant and smoothing wax for surfboards, skis and snowboards. Here’s a simple recipe for making Beeswax Wood Polish
We also recommend filtering this wax before use as it contains impurities such as bee parts, wood chips, etc. To filter, simply melt on the stovetop in a double boiler. Once melted, pour through nylon or cheesecloth into a clean, dry container. The nylon or cheesecloth should catch most of the impurities both large and small. If some remain, repeat this process until desired filtration level is attained. Here’s a simple recipe for making Beeswax Wood Polish.
Over time, our beeswax will develop a naturally occurring white film on its surface. This white film is called "bloom" and is very similar to what happens to pure chocolate over time and is an indication of the quality of the beeswax. If you do not like the look of bloom, it can simply be removed by buffing the surface of the candle or other beeswax product with a soft cloth or applying low/warm heat with a hair dryer.
Our unfiltered industrial grade beeswax is much less expensive than our unfiltered cosmetic grade beeswax. We sell it at a lower price because it is a lower grade best used in non-cosmetic applications.