Dedicated to the education of the consumer about beeswax and beeswax candles.
The Different Colours Of Beeswax .
It is believed that the colour of beeswax is directly related to
the nectar sources of the honey , and that pollen and propolis can
affect the colour and aroma. This is true to some extent , however ,
the temp. that the beeswax is melted at has more of an affect on the
colour of the beeswax. If beeswax is mistreated during the rendering
or cleaning process by being heated to temperatures above 170 F , the
result will be dark beeswax.
All beeswax should be yellow in colour , with slight variations
due to nectar sources.
Pollen , propolis and honey bond to the beeswax when the beekeeper
renders the beeswax. The higher the heat the stronger the bond , which makes
it more difficult to clean the beeswax later on. The honey in the beeswax
" cooks " when the beeswax is heated too high and turns brown. If you have
ever cooked with sugar you know what happens when the temp. is too hot.
Some candlemakers overheat the beeswax , either through ignorance or by design ,
which results in brown beeswax. The longer that beeswax is exposed to high temps. ,
the darker the beeswax will become. Beeswax should not be heated above 170 F.
Contrary to urban myth , brown beeswax does not come from buckwheat or
any other exotic nectar sources.
Ivory beeswax is achieved by either using peroxide to chemically bleach
yellow beeswax , or by naturally filtering yellow beeswax through
diatomaceous earth and charcoal to remove the honey from the beeswax.
In either case it is important to keep the temp. below 170F .