Beeswax has a long history of being valuable around the home. Its uses are many, and its properties remarkable—there are almost not enough fingers to count the attributes of this incredible bee-produced substance. To recap, beeswax is a natural wax made by our friend, the honey bee. It is formed into scales from eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal sections of female workers, who discard the wax in the hive. Hive workers then collect and use the wax to form cells for honey storage and larvae protection. Chemically speaking, beeswax is made mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols.
Historically, beeswax is considered the first plastic. It was the original lubricant and waterproofing agent. A polish for wood and leather. A substance for making candles. It was, and remains, the perfect ingredient for cosmetics. Interestingly, beeswax is still used for all of these tasks despite alternate products being developed. As we become increasingly aware of how important it is to embrace natural products in a world full of pollutants and free radicals, beeswax is a winning substitute for nasty chemical-based plastics, release agents, cosmetics and protective coatings.
Beeswax is an all-natural product that comes from our favourite friend, the honey bee. I really can’t emphasise this enough, please swap your chemical products for natural ones wherever possible. We are still coming to terms with, and realising, the detrimental effects of human-made products on the body, so make sure that you are your family use natural, eco-friendly originals wherever possible. Beeswax is a natural product with an abundance of uses, let me count the ways!
First up, beeswax has an inherent antibacterial property, meaning that is works hard to keep things clean and reduces the risks of contamination. This makes it a common ingredient in many skin treatments, salves and balms, as it naturally deflects nasties. What’s more, it is also said to have antifungal qualities that may prevent the growth of yeast and other fungi! Check out Ben’s Bees Manuka Honey Beeswax soap, Ben’s Bees Manuka Honey Body Butter and Ben’s Bees Manuka Honey Hand Cream for cosmetics with the antibacterial and healing qualities of honey.
Beeswax is a natural product with an abundance of uses, let me count the ways! So far, we have explored the antibacterial and antifungal properties of this natural wonder.
But beeswax is also food safe. And while it might not taste great, and doesn’t have the nutrients of honey, it is completely non-toxic and safe to ingest making it an excellent substance for use on kitchen products like wooden chopping boards or food wraps. This extends further to the face and body, with beeswax being an excellent addition to skin treatments and cosmetics; it’s intense moisturising and protective qualities make it a key component of a natural self-care routine.
So, why not try Ben’s Bees Chopping Board and Furniture Polish to seal and protect your wooden kitchen chopping boards, Ben’s Bees Beeswax Wraps to cover your leftovers instead of clip plastics, or Ben’s Bees Organic Beeswax Lip Balm to protect the sensitive skin on your lips. Just some of the products in my range that use food-safe, non-toxic beeswax as an alternative to synthetic substitutes.
Beeswax is a natural product with an abundance of uses, let me count the ways! So far, we have explored the antibacterial, antifungal, food-safe and non-toxic properties of this natural wonder. But there’s more!
Beeswax can also be safely burnt. Interestingly, it has been shown that candles made from beeswax burn brighter and cleaner than other synthetic versions as they emit negative ions known to help purify the air! That’s a fact I only learnt recently, but what I have always known is that the natural, nectary smell of beeswax filling a room is completely joyful, and a sensory experience that everyone should indulge in. As someone that loves to relax at the end of the day with a home-cooked meal, a glass of wine and a room full of candles, I have made some delightful Ben’s Bees Beeswax Candles in various shapes and sizes so that you too can bring the luscious scent of beeswax into your own living room. They also make the perfect natural gift! So, with the cooler months ahead, make sure you rug up, turn on some tunes, and light your candles for the perfect night in.
Beeswax is a natural product with an abundance of uses, and this week we are counting the ways! So far, we have explored the antibacterial, antifungal, food-safe, non-toxic and sensory properties of this natural wonder. But there’s still more!
Beeswax is waterproof. It has been used since ancient times to seal and waterproof objects like belts, tents, shoes and furniture. If beeswax is rubbed into a surface, like leather or canvas for example, and then heated, the wax seeps into the material, blocking water out.
And finally, beeswax never goes off. Thanks to the wonder of propolis—a mixture of tree resin and wax flakes, made by bees—beeswax stands the test of time. As propolis is usually used to fix and strengthen the beehive while giving it an antiseptic coating, beeswax products have been found unspoilt in ancient tombs. Say no to products that perish, and yes to natural originals with proven longevity.
Now that we have counted the many beneficial attributes of beeswax, you see that it is the perfect, eco-friendly, food-safe, non-toxic alternative to synthetic substitutes. Make sure you check out the many beeswax products for sale in the Ben’s Bees store. Seriously, is there anything bees can’t make or do?!