I just got some beeswax pellets through the mail. On opening the bag the instead of the sweet beeswax smell I expected the beeswax had a weird odor to it. The best I can describe it is after tones of stale smoke. I thought perhaps I had gotten an off batch. I then went to a company that sells essential oils and other cosmetic supplies. I opened up a small container of beeswax pellets only to discover the same stale smoke odor to it. Does anyone have any explanations? I certainly don't want to use these in cosmetics, and frankly don't think these would be pleasant as candles.