Beeswax

Beeswax has been used since the beginning of civilization. It has been found in the pharaohs tombs, sunken viking ships and Roman ruins. Beeswax is basically the duct tape of old, with thousands of uses and being virtually indespensable. Beeswax does not go bad and has been recovered from ancient ship wrecks heated up and is still usable. Over time beeswaxs gets what is called bloom, which is a light powder on its surface, it is not mold. This usually happens when stored at cooler temperatures. A blow drier removes the bloom or just a soft rag to buff the bloom off. Beeswax can now be used for a multitude of purposes. Beeswax is used in soap making, candle making, making of cosmetics, lip balms, water proofing leather and wood as in boat building and polishing.

Some uses of beeswax:

COSMETICS
Beeswax is the prime ingredient in lipbalms and indespensable in lotions and creams protecting and moisturizing skin. Also beeswax is used for hair styling. Beeswax is the long tradional ingredient in pomade, moustache wax and for conditioning of dread locks.

WOOD TREATMENT
Beeswax is great on wood where the polish needs to be food grade. The most basic and commonly used is for butcher block or wood salad bowls etc. In a double boiler add 40% beeswax to 60% food grade mineral oil. If it is still not the right consistency for your application you can just reheat and add more mineral oil to make the paste smoother.
For a wood finish, use a double boiler again, add 500g Beeswax (500ml if melted), 500ml of turpentine (odorless preferably) and 500ml boiled linseed oil.

PRESERVE BRONZE
To ward against oxidation caused by moist air, brush on a solution of beeswax melted in turpentine. Buff it with a towel to create a thin, hard coat.

WHIP FRAYED ROPE
Wrap a waxed length of string tightly around the rope's tip about a dozen times. Tie off the loose end and trim the excess.