Let's Learn About Our Beeswax!
We are so proud of our amazing wraps, and all the love and care we put into make them amazing for you! We take pride in the ingredients we use, and the relationships we have with the producers of these ingredients. We would like to share more about one of our most notable ingredients with you. We will be featuring our fabulous Beeswax in this blog! We worked so hard to bring you the best quality Beeswax we could, and we would love to share more about it with you!
What Exactly is Beeswax?
Beeswax is a name for the Wax secreted from glands beneath the abdominal terga or sterna of bees of the family Apidae, which is used in nest construction. Beeswax is not extracted from the bees, but from their nest/honeycomb construction. Beeswax is the substance that forms the structure of a honeycomb; the bees secrete wax to build the honeycombs where they store honey. Beeswax is a Bee by product, and does not harm the bees to produce. Beeswax once processed is a solid, waxy, non sticky material that is pleasant to smell and touch. The farm where we source our wax from scrapes the beeswax from the nest while the bees are out of the hive. The Apiarist waits until the bees leave so that they can obtain the wax. The hives are not damaged during this process, and the bees simply return after being out and make more beeswax as they normally would.
Where Do We Get Our Beeswax From?
We love the farm where we get our beeswax from! We get our beeswax from Country Bee honey farm. We love working with Country Bee, since they are a family run and owned farm just a few minutes of the road from our production facility. We have personally been to the hives and visited the lovely bees that provide our beeswax for our wraps. We walked in the vast acreage they fly around in, and seen the wildflowers they live beside! The bees can visit all the other animals on the farm and the people that stop by. We think this is some of the highest quality Canadian made beeswax we have ever seen and used. We are so proud of the relationships we have with Country Bee. They are great people who love their plants, animals, and bees.
Do We Only Use Beeswax?
No, we use a variety of things to make the best working wraps on the market. We use beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Pine Tree resin, and Cotton. Beeswax is an important ingredient in our wraps, but is just as important as the other ingredients we use. We also do not ‘cut’ or dilute our beeswax with other wax alternatives. We use 100% pure, organic Canadian Beeswax. We do not use any synthetic ingredients like paraffin wax, or any harsh chemicals.
What are the Benefits of Using Beeswax?
Beeswax has lots of great benefits! That’s why we love it so much! First of all, beeswax is antibacterial, which makes it great for use with food. Beeswax has long been renowned for its antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, its use in medicine dates back to ancient times. Beeswax is also safe for food and human contact. Beeswax is also compostable since it is a naturally occurring product! We love how our wraps are compostable at the end of their life. Beeswax is already in the environment and is safe to return to the earth.
We hope you learned a lot from this post and enjoyed learning more about our passion for beeswax, and the environment. Beeswax is one of the many amazing ingredients we use, and if you are interested in learning more about our other ingredients, please reach out to us via email and let us know! We love being able to share educational content that helps you better understand and appreciate these wraps, and all the thought put into them.
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