Beeswax Colors and Quality
Have you ever wondered why beeswax varies in color tones? Why do some beeswax comes in light gold buttery color while some beeswax comes in darker shade of yellow to orange tone? Does the colors of my beeswax affects the quality of my homemade DIY products like lip balms, pomades and lotions? Several days ago, we received a compliment from one of our customer that our beeswax is in such a beautiful creamy golden yellow tone and was wondering what are the difference between yellow and white beeswax.
Well, we shall have a short blog today on this to help you understand your beeswax more and better formulate your products. In the meantime, check out our Yellow Beeswax Pellets, White Beeswax Pellets, Organic Yellow Beeswax Pellets and Organic White Beeswax Pellets below.
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Colors of Beeswax
On a broader sense of beeswax, there are essentially 2 colors. Yellow Beeswax and White Beeswax.
Yellow beeswax is the most pure and natural product obtained from the honeycomb and most commonly found. Our yellow beeswax is fully refined and filtered free of debris but not bleached. A creamy golden lemony color beeswax are regarded as a purer, higher quality beeswax which commands a premium price over darker waxes.
Fifty Shades of Yellow Beeswax
So what determines the color of Yellow beeswax? Why are some beeswax more orangey or of a different color shade from the standard beeswax lemon gold? Natural conditions like the types of flowers surrounding the bee farm where the bees forages, the weather condition, source and the cleanliness affects the color shades of yellow in beeswax. However, if your beeswax are in a dark brownish tint, you might want to discard that as such waxes could be old useless wax scraped from possibility diseased hives. When beekeepers extract the honey, they cut off the wax caps from each honeycomb cell with an uncapping knife or machine. Its color varies from nearly white to brownish, but most often a shade of yellow, depending on purity and the type of flowers gathered by the bees. Wax from the brood comb of the honey bee hive tends to be darker than wax from the honeycomb and impurities accumulate more quickly in the brood comb. Due to the impurities, the wax must be rendered before further use. Other than natural conditions, processing methods by the beekeepers or beeswax refiner can also affect the color shades of beeswax, a few of the examples are as follows;
- Length of time the wax is left in the hive – The fresher the beeswax, the lighter the tone.
- Was the beeswax made from cappings wax or brood wax – Cappings wax are better as they were not reused by bees which results in a lighter yellow tone and are regarded as higher quality wax. Brood combs waxes make a darker wax.
- Temperature the beeswax are melted – The higher the temperature the darker the wax.
- Purity of the wax for pollen and dust – Good purity waxes are lighter lemon gold shades and free of dust particles which could add to the darker tone.
White Beeswax is yellow beeswax refined to removes the yellow tint caused by pollen. This process results in refined white beeswax which are as widely used in the manufacturing of skin care and cosmetic commercial products where color formulation are required. Depending on your end product requirement, you could be using either wholly white beeswax or a mixture of white and yellow which forms a better pastel for your end product.
Beeswax whether in yellow or white essentially have the same properties. Yellow beeswax can come of different colors because of the purity and refining process. If you want an all natural beeswax, choose yellow. Generally, a creamy yellow beeswax are the best bet in terms of purity. Different shades of yellow beeswax could be caused by source and purity conditions or the beekeeper’s processing methods. A creamy yellow beeswax also commands a price premium over darker shades of beeswax. If you are formulating your own skin or hair care products where natural is part of your branding, you should use yellow beeswax which is considered the most natural beeswax. However, if your end products requires a whiter tint e.g. cold cream or coloring will be used in the end product, then formulating with white beeswax would be a better choice as it would not alter the true tone of the color added. Our beeswax are highly tested for purity and are USP (United States Pharmacopeia) grade which are acceptable for cosmetic, drug, medicinal and laboratory use.
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