Is beeswax safe to eat?

Beeswax is edible. It's a natural wax that's produced by honey bees, and is approved for food use in most countries.


How do you store beeswax wraps?

Beeswax wraps can be stored in a drawer or rolled up in a jar on the counter. Our suggestion when you're just starting out is to put them where you used to have your plastic wrap. That way when you go to grab the plastic wrap, you can grab your beeswax wrap instead!


Why use beeswax wraps?

Beeswax wraps are a natural alternative and even an improvement to plastic wrap. They are washable and reusable (up to about a year). They will actually prolong the lifespan of your food, which means less food waste. When they reach the end of their use, you can cut them up and put them directly in your compost. They are the star of "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle", reducing your food waste and your use of plastic, they are reusable up to a year, and you can either recycle them into fire starters at the end of their life span or recycle them into compost. What's not to love?


Are beeswax wraps ethical?

To answer this question, we must look at how they're manufactured, and how the raw materials are harvested to ensure no harm is done to the environment, animals, or people. B Factory's beeswax food wraps are all manufactured in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec in our workshop behind the store. Our wraps have been certified organic by Ecocert, which means that all the raw ingredients are certified organic. This is important to us because it ensures us that all the raw materials are being harvested in a manner that is harmonious with nature, without chemical pesticides or fungicides, and in the case of beeswax, the bees' welfare is of utmost importance. We believe that our beeswax food wraps are indeed ethical and from raw ingredients to final production, have the intention of making the world a better place.


Does beeswax restore wood?

Beeswax is an excellent protector on wood. We've developed our wood butter for this very purpose. Using no petroleum bi-products, our wood butter will nourish your unvarnished wood and protect it. The oils will penetrate the wood and bring out the colours, while the beeswax gives it a natural antibacterial coating. Perfect for cutting boards, wood utensils and dishware, islands, counters, tables, and furniture.


Are beeswax candles healthy?

Yes. Beeswax candles are some of the healthiest candles to burn. Parrafin wax is a by-product of petrol and creates soot and releases toxins when burned. Scented candles can also release a variety of allergens and synthetic chemicals. Our beeswax candles are made from 100% beeswax with cotton wicks. They burn clean, are non-toxic and safe for allergies. They also have a wonderful honey-sweet scent!



How to care for beeswax food wraps?

Beeswax wraps can be used up to a year with proper care. Rinse with cool water between uses and let air dry. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe off any food residue. You can leave stains from things like tomatoes or carrots - they'll usually disappear with time. If you try to scrub off the stain, you'll just take off the wax and shorten the life span of your wrap. Use a mild dish soap from time to time to keep your wrap fresh.


Is beeswax vegan?

Beeswax comes from honey bees. They manufacture it like little scales off of their abdomen and use it to build their honeycomb. Because beeswax comes from honeybees, it's usually not considered vegan. All our beeswax is either locally sourced or certified organic, so we can be sure that the welfare of the bees always comes first.


Can you reuse beeswax wraps?

Beeswax wraps are reusable up to about a year. Rinse with cool water and let air dry between uses. Wipe off food residue with a cloth or sponge. Use a mild dish soap from time to time to keep them fresh.


Can you eat beeswax?

Beeswax is non-toxic and edible. It's used in different processes in food production and can be eaten as honeycomb.


How to take care of beeswax wraps?

Beeswax wraps can be used up to a year with proper care. Rinse with cool water between uses and let air dry. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe off any food residue. You can leave stains from things like tomatoes or carrots - they'll usually disappear with time. If you try to scrub off the stain, you'll just take off the wax and shorten the life span of your wrap. Use a mild dish soap from time to time to keep your wrap fresh.


Can you use poly cotton for beeswax wraps?

If you're making your own food wraps, make sure to use 100% cotton or a mix of hemp with cotton. Any synthetic fibres with cotton can melt when applying the melted beeswax.


How to renew beeswax wraps?

Our beeswax foodwraps last a long time. As they age and get used, you may experience some cracking of the wax. To give your beeswax a refresh, you can put them in the oven at a low temperature on a baking sheet (with a piece of parchment paper underneath the food wrap). Keep a close eye, and as soon as the beeswax melts back into the fabric, take it out of the oven. We suggest 100°C for 3-5 minutes. Lift up your wrap by the corners and let air dry. It will cool quickly and voilà! Your wrap will have many more weeks of use.

Are beeswax candles ethical?

The ethics behind beeswax candles will depend on your source of beeswax. All of our beeswax candles are made from locally-sourced beeswax from Intermiel in Mirabel, Quebec. They care about their bees and don't use any harvesting or maintenance processes that bring harm to the bees.

How to identify real beeswax?

Real 100% beeswax will always bloom over time. Bloom is the white dusting that comes out on the surface and only occurs with 100% pure beeswax. Bloom is simply some of the oils that rise to the surface. If you don't like this look, then take a soft cloth and wipe off.


How to wax furniture with beeswax?

Beeswax by itself is too hard to wax furniture, you need it in the form of a polish, mixed with other ingredients. B Factory's wood butter is great for this! No petroleum based products, our wood wax uses fractionated coconut oil, organic lemon essential oil, and locally-sourced beeswax. It's safe for contact with food, so perfect for wood cutting boards, islands, dishware, and furniture. Rub some into the wood with a cloth, let set, then rub off. It will be protected with the beeswax, nourished from the oils, and not leave any greasy or sticky residue.


How to melt beeswax?

Beeswax can catch fire if heated at too high of a temperature. There are two safe ways to melt beeswax. The best method is using a double boiler. Always make sure there's water in the bottom. The second method is using a crockpot at a low setting. Never leave melting beeswax unattended. Either of these items need to be reserved for beeswax, and you can find both of these at a second-hand shop, so you don't have to ruin your nice cookware.


Where can I buy beeswax for furniture?

Our wood butter can also be used for furniture! It will nourish and protect the wood and bring out the wood's natural colours.


How do you wash beeswax wraps

Beeswax wraps are very easy to wash. Simply rinse with cool water, and let air dry. You can use a mild dish soap from time to time to keep them fresh. Beeswax wraps are naturally anti-bacterial, so no need for hot water. Besides, hot water will ruin your food wrap, by melting the beeswax right off.


How to use beeswax wraps

To use your beeswax wraps, you can give them a slight crinkle before the first use. One of our favourite methods is to make a pocket, folding the ends together over the food, then folding up the sides so the food is completely sealed inside. If you're folding over hard cheese, you can wrap it like you'd wrap a present. You can wrap it over the ends of things, like cucumbers and lemons. The warmth of your hand will get it to stick to itself. If you take it out of the fridge, warm it up again with your hands when you rewrap your food so it sticks nicely. Once finished, rinse with cool water and let air dry.


How long do beeswax food wraps last?

B Factory beeswax food wraps last about a year with regular use. When the wrap is no longer sticking at all, you can put it in the compost. If the wax is cracking after several months, you can put it on a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper underneath. Put the oven on at low temperature and keep watch. When the wax melts into the fabric, take it out immediately, lift it up by the corners and let it dry. You'll have several more weeks or months of use.


What does beeswax do for skin?

According to New Directions Aromatics (, "Beeswax is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to exhibit:


COSMETIC: Hydrating, Softening, Smoothing, Non-Comedogenic, Protective, Smoothing, Regenerative, Strengthening, Conditioning, Soothing, Collagen-Enhancing.

MEDICINAL: Anti-Allergenic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, Protective, Regenerative, Strengthening."



How long do beeswax candles burn?

Beeswax candles are naturally long-burning, lasting longer than parrafin and soy wax. Parrafin candles need chemical additives to make them burn longer, and even then won't last as long as beeswax. Soy wax is less toxic than parrafin, but is a softer wax than beeswax so doesn't burn as long or as clean as beeswax.


Is beeswax from bees?

Beeswax is made by worker bees. It's secreted by 8 glands on the abdomen, that forms translucent scales. It becomes more yellow/brown when it gets mixed with pollen and propolis. The bees use the wax to make the cells of the honeycomb, where they store their larvae, honey and pollen. Beeswax consists of at least 284 different compounds, which can vary slightly depending on location. It's mainly a variety of esters, hydrocarbons, free fatty acids, and other components.


What is organic beeswax?

The term "organic" has two definitions. 1) relating to or derived from living matter and 2) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents. All beeswax is of organic origin, but not all beeswax is certified organic (definition 2). We've made the choice to use only certified organic beeswax for our foodwraps because we think this matters. By using certified organic beeswax, we can be sure that our suppliers are using methods that have the bees' welfare a priority. Their farm has to be a set distance from GMO crops or fields using pesticides. By supporting suppliers using organic production practices, we're supporting a future we believe in for our planet.


What are beeswax wraps?

Beeswax wraps are a natural replacement to plastic wrap. It's made from cotton or hemp fabric soaked in beeswax or a beeswax blend. B Factory beeswax wraps use 100% GOTS cotton, and a blend of jojoba oil, tree resin and beeswax, and are certified NOP organic by Ecocert US. They are reusable and washable and last around a year, and then can be composted when they are no longer sticky. They will prolong the shelf life of your food, which means less food waste, meaning they're both eco-friendly and economical!


Is beeswax compostable?

Beeswax is biodegradable and compostable. It's made of natural compounds and can be put in your or your city's compost (as well as the beeswax food wraps).

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