Beeswax is an amazing byproduct that comes from our little friends, the honey bees.
There are many different uses for beeswax, and there is always a demand for natural products. Beeswax is an amazing product as it is used for so many different purposes.
Beeswax is used for:
- lip balm and lipstick
- beeswax wraps
- candles and candle making
- for in chalk-like paint finishing
- for diamond paintings
- in skin care products
- many more natural products
It is important when making these products, to find a high quality, pure beeswax. Pure wax will have a sweet honey smell and will be of excellent quality.
In order to find this product, you should first know where it is coming from (the location), who is selling it (is it direct from a farmer or beekeepers), and if it is pure. You certainly do not want to buy a beeswax product that has been mixed with another type of wax.
That is why we are making this list of beeswax sellers for you. For each seller, we are going to share where they collect their wax from, their story, and further details such as how they package their product for purchasing, or their shipping details.
We will also look at their average customer reviews so you can feel great about the product you are purchasing, and who you are supporting in your purchase.
We, as beekeepers, like to support other farmers, and find that buying direct from these suppliers ensures products like beeswax is natural and is free of debris and other additives.
Let's talk about where to buy beeswax from!
Where To Buy Beeswax
Before we get into our list, let's first talk about which beeswax is best for your project. There is a lot of discussion around what is the best beeswax, what is the difference between white and yellow beeswax, what is organic wax and more. Let's discuss these questions.
What Is The Difference Between Yellow And White Beeswax
As beekeepers, our wax has always, naturally, been yellow in color. This is important to note because the only thing we do to our beeswax is filter all of the extra remnants out after the melting process, such as bits of bees and any little solid pieces that might find their way into the wax. This is why the wax is always filtered after boiling.
After melting our wax down, we like to place it into a mold so it can harden. Many people find cute little molds for their wax, we simply like to keep ours in wax bars.
We have had different shades of yellow wax varying from dark to light to bright yellow beeswax, but we have never produced a white beeswax before. That is because our filters do not filter out the bee propolis and the pollen that gets mixed into the wax, which naturally make beeswax yellow. We also don't bleach our wax. Honestly, I wouldn't want to filter any of those fantastic natural products out.
Let's talk about the natural ingredients that make beeswax yellow: propolis and pollen.
What Is Propolis?
Often referred to as "bee glue", propolis is a natural substance produced by the bee that is resinous in consistency. According to The National Library of Medicine bees use propolis to essentially seal their hive. "Due to its waxy nature and mechanical properties, bees use propolis in the construction and repair of their hives for sealing openings and cracks and smoothing out the internal walls and as a protective barrier against external invaders [..]"
It is interesting to note that propolis has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries varying form the Egyptians, to Greek and Roman physicians. The Library of Medicine goes on to say that "Nowadays, propolis is a natural remedy found in many health food stores in different forms for topical use. It is also used in cosmetics or as popular alternative medicine for self-treatment of various diseases".
What Is Pollen?
Pollen is what the honey bees collect and then mix with a saliva substance. They then brush it onto their hind legs making and meticulously adding to what is called "pollen baskets". You will often see the bees with bright yellow and orange balls of pollen on their back legs, and that is what they are it is.
The bees carry the pollen back to their hive. It is packed away into the little wax cells in their frames and is capped. At this stage, it is called "bee bread".
Again, according to the National Library of Medicine, bee pollen is very healthy. "bee pollen is a valuable apitherapeutic product greatly appreciated by the natural medicine because of its potential medical and nutritional applications. It demonstrates a series of actions such as antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anticancer immunostimulating, and local analgesic".
You can see why we prefer our wax to be yellow as opposed to white, where these beneficial substances have been completely removed from the beeswax, but that is just our own preference. The color preference of beeswax is completely up to you and your craft and needs.
What Is Organic Beeswax?
Something interesting, according to Brian Thompson, owner of Honey Lake Bee Company, be aware when purchasing beeswax from a seller claiming it is "organic beeswax" as it comes from imported sources.
I know it sounds crazy, but USA laws do not allow us to claim our beeswax as "organic". USDA regulations state that because honey bees travel 2-3 miles from their hive, EVERYTHING within their range has to be organic - impossible in the USA. However, wax coming from foreign sources can make the claim (no verification needed) and be labeled as "organic".
This is something we, and most beekeepers, already know, and it is especially true for honey as well. What farmers can tell you, is that their product is natural, and they can tell you where it is sourced from. This is what you can go by to get that beautiful, natural product you are looking for.
Now, let's talk about purchasing beeswax. You can either order beeswax in bars, blocks, by the pound, or in pellets/pastilles when you get it from the farmers.
Buying Beeswax Direct From The Beekeeper
There are different ways you can order your beeswax: in pellets, in bars and in bulk/raw form. Here are the differences for each:
Beeswax pellets are tiny, hardened pieces of wax that look like small droplets. Many people like purchasing beeswax pellets (sometimes called pastilles) because they can easily scoop and measure for precise measurements sometimes required in products like lip balms and soaps.
Most beekeepers do not sell their beeswax in this form as it is more labor intensive and would rather sell in easy to pour bars or larger molds. It will be more difficult to find beeswax pellets that are directly sold by the farmer. Keep in mind, you can always buy a larger brick of beeswax and shave pieces off for more exact measurements. Use a pairing knife or even a carrot peeler to get small pieces off easily.
Beeswax Bars Or Blocks
When you order a beeswax block, this means that the farmer has melted and filtered the beeswax into a single mold. These can come in half pound, 1 pound, 5 pound or higher blocks and are usually one solid piece of beeswax.
Here are some great online shops to buy beeswax pastilles, block and bars from, direct from the beekeeper. These shops are listed in no particular order.
1. Beeswax Pellets from AnythingBees
If you are looking for quality beeswax that comes straight from the hive, you are in luck. Here is a small company farm based in Mill Valley, California and they produce natural beeswax for sale.
Their beeswax 100% pure, is triple filtered and is cosmetic grade. There are no chemicals used at all and their wax is never bleached.
See a quick 360 degree video showing what their beeswax pellets look like.
AnythingBees has a great story:
Starting in 2010, when Roy got his first three beehives because he wanted to help the honey bee population, Roy eventually founded AnythingBees in order to raise funds to do research on his hives and better protect bees from viruses and mites that contribute to killing more than 40% of hives each year. His efforts to support the bee population includes starting a beekeeping program at the local high school, several internships at university bee labs, presenting the research findings at a national conference in 2016, traveling to developing nations to help the local beekeepers, and teaching kids about the importance of bees to the future of our planet.
Not only can you buy yellow beeswax from this beekeeper on Etsy, but you can also buy bulk beeswax in 10lb blocks as well.
2. Beeswax Pellets from Honey Lake Bee Company
Here is another direct from the farmer beeswax pellets you can order. Brian Thompson, owner of Honey Lake Bee Company in Barrington, Illinois, has been working with bees for over 30 years. He teaches beekeeping classes and keeps hives in the yards of friends.
Here is a photo of Brian's hives where the wax comes from:
By purchasing from this company, you support his efforts in purchasing more hives to spread around! How great is that?
Help support honey bees buy purchasing from us - the more we sell, the more hives we can put in peoples backyards! We currently have about 130 hives scattered around the Chicago area - mostly in people backyards. We ONLY sell our honey and candles/ lip balm/ food saver wraps made by use!
Honey Lake's Beeswax is:
- 100% pure and natural
- domestic USA beeswax
- chemical free
- triple filtered
- cosmetic grade
Check out the video of their beeswax pellets being poured out of the packaging right here to get a better idea of their size and color.
This small company is getting rave reviews: over 1000 of them and they average perfect 5 star ratings. This may be due to the fact that almost all of his purchased orders are shipped on time or ahead of time.
3. Beeswax from Gardner Bees
Gardner Bees is run by Jonathon Gardner who began beekeeping when he moved to the United States from the UK.
Jonathon has this to say about this business:
First and foremost, we are beekeepers. Our job is to protect, nurture and support our bees to make strong, healthy colonies. The reward from that is a good crop of delicious honey.
The second part of beekeeping is selling that crop of honey, and beekeepers do that in many different ways. [...] Our goal is to remain firmly grounded in what we enjoy - keeping bees.
Gardner Bees have many hives that are spread out across Minnesota. You can buy their beeswax in 1 pound blocks and it comes in shades of yellow from bright and fresh yellow to orange in color.
Each block comes individually wrapped in wax paper, but it is nice to know that you can request minimal packaging when you order in the contact section.
The wax beeswax from Gardner Bees is harvested in July to August with it is at its brightest and is most fresh. This little shop gets raving reviews from buyers, mostly (if not all from what we can see) 5 stars.
4. Raw, Natural Beeswax From Mill Creek Honey
The wax you get when ordering from Mill Creek Honey comes directly from their own hives in Oregon. The owner is a master beekeeper and works in remote locations with their bees.
What is nice is that you can request certain colors from this shop and they can do their best to try to accommodate based on what is available at the time of ordering as certain beehives are located near buckwheat flowers for example, and this produces a darker wax.
Another unique ordering options with this company, is that you can request special wrapping if you want to avoid any or all plastics. They will package their beeswax for you with wax paper or plain, regular paper. You can even supply them with your own wrapping materials for no extra charge.
5. Beeswax from Happy Honey Bee Co
This small shop is a direct from the beekeeper experience. Based in Newton Falls, Ohio, Stephanie is a second-generation beekeeper whose core mission is to practice, share and promote ethical, sustainable beekeeping.
About her beekeeping practices, she says: I am also committed to being the best steward, as well as raising awareness of the importance of honeybees, and our local pollinator insects to our environment and food consumption. I take the health of all my honeybees very seriously. I love sharing my passion with my family, friends, customers, and well anyone who wants to learn about honeybees and their importance to our environment.
Stephanie's beeswax is cleaned and is triple filtered from her own hives when she collects honey. The bees on her farm are naturally treated which means no antibiotics, drugs or non-organic chemicals are used, and they never bleach beeswax.
We hope you found this list of where you can purchase beeswax direct from the beekeepers handy! Be sure to bookmark it or share it so you can find it again, as we will update with more great sellers.
Here are some other questions people are asking about buying beeswax:
Is beeswax healthy to eat?
Beeswax is edible. Our favorite thing to do during the honey harvest season is just take a big spoon of honey from the comb, wax and all, and eat it. I prefer to chew the wax and spit it out, but many others just eat the wax and this is totally fine.
Is beeswax good for lips?
Beeswax has many healthy benefits as an occlusive and many makeup producers include beeswax in their produces as it seals the moisture in where it is applied. This is a key benefit to keeping lips and skin from losing moisture.
What can you use beeswax for?
Beeswax can be used for:
- candle making in candle molds
- lip balms and lipsticks
- body butters
- wax seals
- wooden drawer lubricants
- zipper lubricant
- furniture polish
- natural wax melts
- and many more uses
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