When I get my beeswax from Rick, it's golden yellow and in a hefty 2-pound block of refined goodness, bearing that lovely warm scent that only beeswax can have. However, it's not completely refined, so I have to give it a little extra refinement. I thought I'd share that with you. This is what it takes before I can even begin to put this luscious wax in my lip balms, lotion bars and bug repellents.
|One pound block of beeswax as Rick gave it to me.|
|I wrap the block in a double layer of cheesecloth|
|Into the boiling water it goes.|
|Beeswax beginning to mix with the water|
|Checking to see how much of the wax has melted. There's still a good chunk left.|
|All the wax is melted now, and all the residual debris (flecks of dirt, bits of wings, etc.) clings to the wax on the cheesecloth. It'll go into the trash.|
|Melted wax and water.|
|Wax hardening and cracking - a good sign.|
|Back to that beautiful golden yellow of the block initially.|
|The solid block of pure beeswax, nice, clean and ready to use.|
If you're a soapmaker or chandler, what's your favorite ingredient to use?