Gathering and processing beeswax
Updated: Mar 27, 2022
When I first started to extract honey, I realized that there was a bit of wax that was a biproduct of the project. “What in the world do I do with this”? I think the first couple years I tossed it, for lack of use.
Then a couple years ago, I started making lip balms and needed to buy bees wax. My brain went to thinking.... could this be a use? It would be pretty cool to make them by using your own harvested beeswax... but how?
I started researching and found that if you melt your wax scrapings and tidbits into a pot of water, the wax melts into the water and disappears! “Oh no! I hope I did that right”! After it is melted you turn it off and let it cool. When it has cooled down, you will have a solid “plate” of wax floating on the top!
All of the impurities will be stuck to the bottom of the “plate”. You then gently scrap it off, change your water and do this cycle again until there is no more impurities left.
Presto! You are now left with a beautiful slab of Cleaned beeswax that is ready to be turned into something useful .... like lip balm and salves! I use collected and cleaned beeswax from our bees in many of my products!