100% pure beeswax from the Mohawk Valley Trading Company is all natural, filtered, unbleached and a product of our beehives in the USA.
1 oz. Bar - $2.00
1 lb. Block - $18.00
Beeswax is a wax made inside the hive of honey bees of the genus Apis. It is made by worker bees, which produce the wax in an almost clear liquid form from 8 mirror glands of the abdomen, and once in the air, it hardens into wax scales. Worker bees that are 12-18 days old have the largest glands, and produce the most wax. When the wax is first secreted, the scales are almost pure white, but as it gets incorporated with propolis and pollen oil by the worker bees, it gets more yellow or brown.
Making one gram of beeswax requires about 1100 wax scales which are about 3 millimeters by 0.1 millimeters. To make one pound of beeswax, bees must eat about eight times as much honey by weight and collectively fly an estimated distance of 150,000 miles or approximately six times around the earth. A beekeeper will harvest about 1 pound of wax for every 10 pounds of honey.
Beeswax is used by the bees to build the honeycomb cells where they raise their young and store pollen and the honey. In order for the bees to secrete wax, the overall temperature in the hive must be in the range of 91 to 97 °F (33 to 36 °C).
To extract the honey, beekeepers cut off the wax caps on the honeycomb cells by using an uncapping machine or knife. This wax can range in color from nearly white to darkish brown, however, the wax is usually shades of yellow, but it really all depends on the purity and type of flowers the bees have visited. The brood comb is usually found in the lower part of the hive, and impurities form quicker in the brood comb so the wax from this area is usually darker than other areas. The beeswax is then rendered to remove impurities, and may be clarified more by heating in water.
Beeswax has a fairly low melting point between 144 to 147 °F. Discoloration of the wax may occur if it is heated above 185 °F, and the flash point is just under 400°F.
At 59°F, beeswax has a density of 958 to 970 kg/m³.
Beeswax is an ingredient in many:
Natural Skin Care Products
Natural Handmade Soaps
Natural Body Butters
Natural Hand Creams
Natural Lip Balms
Natural Wood and Furniture Polish
To order 100% pure, all natural, filtered and unbleached Beeswax, email us firstname.lastname@example.org the size, how many you would like along with your ship to address and we will reply with a quote.
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Mohawk Valley Trading Co.
901 Broad St, 3rd Floor
Utica, NY 13501