I thought I’d blog today about beeswax and how it is obtained.
So, a hive produces honeycomb, and honey is stored within the honeycomb. The actual comb is made up of a number of things, including wax. It is actually quite a straightforward process to render the wax and then it can be used for a number of things – including making beeswax candles, which is one of the exciting new developments of Finlay Bee.
So, once as much honey as possible has been drained from the honeycomb, you can take the comb and wrap it in cheese cloth. Then it’s a case of boiling the comb in water until all the wax has been separated from the other comb material. At this point the waxy water is placed in to containers to cool and solidify.
Once the wax has solidified, it isn’t quite ready. It needs to be heated once again and then filtered to remove any remaining impurities. Once that has been done it needs to be cooled once again and it will solidify. It can now be used for a variety of applications.
We’re delighted that the beeswax which is used for the new Finlay Bee Beeswax candle is sourced from a small bee farm run by a couple who use traditional methods to extract honey manually. There are around 100 cases of bees on their farm, and they depend on honey and wax to make a living. To produce the best pure honey, they live in a mountainous area, far from pollution and big cities.
There is a mistrust of large scale honey producers in China, however we’re so pleased that our family run farm follows good, ethical principles. It is produced without using chemical fertilisers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals, however unfortunately and annoyingly the cost of certifying it as “organic” is too high for the small farm.
While I’m on this subject, some people have questioned why we source our products from other countries at all. The truth of the matter is that we are a family company in the UK who operate globally due to the leverage that Amazon can provide us. So we look across the globe for production which enables us to operate, whilst still maintaining high ethical standards. We build excellent relationships with our producers and suppliers, and pay a premium which is passed on to local workers. At Finlay Bee we believe in offering consumers across the glove better options – beeswax candles rather than fossil fuel based candles, and also Beeswax Wraps rather than clingfilm. In the future we will be developing more, but for now let’s look forward to the launch of our Beeswax Candles in early July.