Thanks to the World Wide Web, it's easier than ever to buy beeswax.
With just a few clicks of your mouse, you can have beeswax delivered right to your door in just a couple of days.
What does Amazon.com not sell? Well, it isn't beeswax! The world's most trusted online retailer offers quite a variety of beeswax for sale.
In fact, they have it available in every form in which beeswax is sold: blocks, pellets and sheets.
Which form of beeswax do you need? Well, it depends upon how you'll be using your beeswax, and how much you'll be using...
Do you use beeswax in ways that require lots of it? Making candles using molds, for instance?
Then buying beeswax blocks will likely be the most cost-efficient for you.
Just be aware that if you need to precisely measure out small quantities of wax, the block will be a little more difficult to work with than pellets (see below).
Also, know that when you order a beeswax "block," you might actually receive a bag of chunks.
Shouldn't be a big deal as long as you're getting the quantity you ordered in terms of weight. But first-time buyers are sometimes surprised to be getting chunks instead of a single block.
I would consider Stakich blocks to currently offer probably the best combo of price, quality and seller reliability for beeswax blocks on Amazon. Stakich has been in the "bee business" for a long time - nearly 100 years!
And if you go through a LOT of beeswax - or if you just want a really great per-pound price no matter how long it takes to use it - Stakich offers a very nice price break if you purchase in five-pound quantities.
(In case you didn't know, beeswax will last virtually forever as long as you store it in a cool, dry location.)
On average, beeswax pellets tend to be a bit pricier than beeswax blocks - though not always.
But pellets are somewhat easier to work with.
(Note: Beeswax pellets are also often called "pastilles," "pearls" or "prills.")
Measuring precise quantities is considerably easier with pellets; you just pour out what you need, rather than having to shave small, imprecise quantities from a block. And pellets will also melt down faster and easier than chunks from a block.
The traditional method of making beeswax candles is by melting wax and pouring into molds, or dipping wicks into molten wax.
But an alternative, quick-and-easy method of making beeswax candles is to use beeswax sheets.
The process is simplicity itself: simply roll a sheet of beeswax around a candle wick.
Do these rolled candles look as elegant as beeswax candles made the old-fashioned way?
But they have their own unique look. And they sure are easy to make!
And you get all the benefits of 'normal' beeswax candles: a unique, cheery-warm glow, clean burning, and a wonderful honey-like aroma.
If you need just a small amount of beeswax, check out these organic 1-ounce mini-bars.
They are sold for a VERY reasonable price!
And their small size makes them convenient and easy to use.
When you're shopping for beeswax, you'll find that it usually comes either in a natural golden-yellowish color, or a snowy, pure white color. (Not counting wax that has been intentionally dyed in many different colors.)
Beeswax is secreted by worker bees from glands on the underside of their
abdomens. When first produced, the flakes of beeswax are a snowy,
almost translucent white. That's the true natural color of beeswax.
But the beeswax doesn’t stay that pristine for long.
Once the wax is formed into honeycomb, it quickly becomes stained to a yellowish hue from pollen and the resins of propolis. The older a comb is, the darker it becomes.
And comb that is used for raising brood becomes even darker. Over years of use, brood comb will become nearly black.
So the age of the comb and how it was used in the hive will impact the color of the rendered beeswax.
Beeswax taken from older combs will be very dark in color, even
after impurities are strained out during the rendering process. But
beeswax of that sort is rarely sold by retailers.
The very best quality of beeswax comes from the cappings that are cut off of combs of honey during the process of harvesting honey. This wax is usually not very old, and so it is not as stained.
In fact, capping wax can be very light in color if it’s removed from the hive shortly after the bees have sealed the comb.
Take a look at the photo of comb honey from one of my hives. I took pains to remove it from the hive as soon as it was sealed, before thousands of bee feet walked over it. (Ain’t it purtee?!)
The cappings aren’t quite as pristine as they appear. A slight pocket of air trapped under the cappings makes them appear somewhat whiter than they really are.
And even if nothing but very fresh cappings like those shown in the photo are rendered down, the resulting wax would still have a slight yellowish tinge.
So if you’re shopping for beeswax, know that if it’s pure, untreated wax, it will NOT be snowy white.
If you see blocks of beeswax that are white, you can be sure that it’s been treated in some way. Possibly treated with a chemical such as bleach; possibly pressure filtered.
There’s nothing wrong with using that kind of beeswax if it suits your purposes. But it’s not likely to have the sweet, delicate aroma of natural beeswax.
Beeswax is most often sold in the form of beeswax blocks, beeswax pellets and beeswax sheets.
If you’re looking to buy beeswax blocks, try to find a local beekeeper to buy from.
Not many small-scale beekeepers produce wax in the form of pellets or sheets. But your local beekeepers can be a great source of beautiful, fresh, golden beeswax blocks.
And you’ll also be supporting your local beekeeping industry (which, of course, supports your local bees!).
Most states have beekeepers associations you can contact to try to find a local beekeeper. Some associations even have a listing of beekeepers available on their website.
To try to find a beekeeper in your area, you can go to Google and type in ‘yourstate beekeeper association.’
So if you live in Texas, for example, you’d do a search on “Texas Beekeeper Association.”
Though it is a completely natural substance, it is possible for beeswax to be tainted with impurities such as pesticide residues.
The bees can encounter pesticides while foraging, of course. But pesticides are also sometimes introduced into the hive intentionally by beekeepers to combat pests such as Varroa mites that can decimate a hive.
(Though when hives are treated according to guidelines, there should be no pesticides in the hive during honey harvest.)
It’s just something to be aware of – particularly if you plan on using the wax in a way in which it will contact food or be absorbed into the skin (such as making a lotion or balm).
If it’s a concern to you, you'll want to buy cosmetic, organic or even pharmaceutical grade beeswax.
All of the product links above are to cosmetic or organic beeswax.