Precious Beeswax

I harvested my honey about a week ago. My honey yield from 3 hives was around 160lbs. My wax yield as you can see below is not very much around 1lb 12oz. This is why wax is such a precious commodity for a beekeeper. I should also point out that about 6-7 frames were crush and strain (meaning that I harvested all of the wax not just the cappings). The question is now what should I do with it? Do any of you have any suggestions? What do some of you do with your wax? I’m not very interested in candles, however it would probably be sacrilegious to not have one or two being a beekeeper.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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5 comments on “Precious Beeswax
  1. Hi Brian:
    I like to use the beeswax to make lip balms and solid body balms, using recipes from The Beekeeper’s Bible. You don’t need much wax, because the recipes use a lot of olive oil and shea butter and jojoba oil … all which can be bought online. I give them as holiday gifts. Candles can be fun if you look for cool molds – there’s one I like in the shape of a bee that I bought on Amazon. Or you can turn them into antique-looking christmas tree ornaments, but using a loop of ribbon instead of a wick.
    Best,
    Meredith

    • Brian says:

      Meredith,

      Thank you for your suggestions! I do have dry skin in the winter so some kind of skin cream that would help alleviate that would be very nice. I’ve also stumbled across some wood finishes and leather care products that would be nice to have on hand. Thanks for your comment.

  2. You could also use the beeswax for salves or used for protecting cutting boards.

    Here are 21 things you can do with beeswax: 🙂
    http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/12/21-brilliant-benefits-of-beeswax.html

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