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  1. #1
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    Default Color of beeswax

    I rendered my first beeswax this year and it came out a beautiful butter-yellow color with a very pleasant, mellow odor and a medium-firm texture. I then ordered a candle-making kit from a major supplier which included several pounds of beeswax -- which was a totally different color, odor, and texture; it was darker, had a sharper odor, and was a good bit harder than the wax I produced. What, do you think, could explain the difference?

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    Default Re: Color of beeswax

    Cappings makes yellow wax, brood combs make a darker wax. They sent you a lower grade of beeswax than the best yellow cappings wax.

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    Default Re: Color of beeswax

    Thanks -- that sounds about right, as the wax I processed was nearly all from cappings and burr comb scrapings.

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    Default Re: Color of beeswax

    Sometimes stuff that is advertised as beeswax, isnt 100%.

    But beeswax will greatly vary in color and odor..depending on where it came from and for me even year to year.

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    Default Re: Color of beeswax

    Quote Originally Posted by cdanderson View Post
    Sometimes stuff that is advertised as beeswax, isnt 100%.

    But beeswax will greatly vary in color and odor..depending on where it came from and for me even year to year.
    What do you base this claim on? I guess I have never heard of adulterated beeswax though I suppose paraffin could be added.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Color of beeswax

    I base this claim on the fact that I have seen Beeswax bars in craft stores that were labeled as beeswax. However, they also had ingredient labels that listed beeswax as the first but parafin also.

    I think almost always, purchasing beeswax from a local beekeeper is best if it is possible in your area.
    Charlotte Anderson - SC Master Beekeeper
    "Obviously, my bees have not read the same beekeeping books as me !"

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    Default Re: Color of beeswax

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    I guess I have never heard of adulterated beeswax though I suppose paraffin could be added.
    The "beeswax" candles used by the Catholic Church used to be required to be 100pct beeswax then by some church magic (because beeswax is expensive) they now allow much lower than 100pct depending on which service is being performed the more important the service the more pure the candle. and I didn't just make this up so Mods please don't delete this http://www.catholicculture.org/cultu...fm?recnum=6206
    Last edited by HONEYDEW; 12-02-2011 at 10:50 PM. Reason: spell check
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    Default Re: Color of beeswax

    This discussion interested me because I just found out the difference between hobby store wax and my bee's wax. (btw, where did "mind your own beeswax originate from, I wonder?) Anyway, I went to the hobby store for wick metal holders and there was a bar of "100% beeswax" nice light color, even lighter than my cappings filtered 3 times. I had a 40% off coupon and this particular block was already reduced. I made them into a size I've used for candles made of my wax--lit one this morning and it burned at more than twice the speed of my candle's wax. I threw away the packaging so I suppose it could be a mixed wax but there was a place on the lable that said 100%. That being said, no more store bought wax. My bees do better!
    Happy New Year.
    Beverly

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