Still life from cup of tea, honey, wax and  honeycombs on wooden table. studio photo top view

We’ve often been asked where wax comes from? Well there are many types of Waxes. Beeswax has been around for some time. There are many mentions of beeswax in historic writing such as the myth where Ius son of Daedalus put on wings of wax and as he flew too near the sun, it melted and Icarus fell to his death. The father with more experience flew closer to the ground and made it to Italy.

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In Roman times Pliny, lived from 23 AD to 79 AD and described white bees wax which he got by boiling yellow bees wax in salt water. This was then used in broth and feed to those with dysentery, it was also used as a skin softener.

Some beeswax for this day is used in cosmetics. Virgil the terrific Roman Poet (well I don’t think the material is that good) composed of an invention by Pan, who had been the protector of the bees (an early bee keeper guy ) made a flute of reeds held together by bees wax. During the Middle Ages wooden panels coated with beeswax was noticed by Homer a Greek poet.

Many Romans were honored with figurines made of these selves made in bees wax and therefore today we’ve got the Movie Land Wax Museum in LA.. Romans also wore Death Masks too sometimes. The Egyptians used wax figures of deities in funeral ceremonies and put them in graves. In 400 BC Greek Historians state that Persian coated bodies were a kind of embalming.

The Assyrians coated bodies with bees wax and then dipped the bodies? Hey honey, who knows? In 181 BC when the Romans conquered the Corsicans and imposed a tax of 100,000 pounds of bees wax. The Romans demanded bees wax when they conquered the city of Trebizond from the first century AD.

In Medieval European instances wax was a a unit of trade for taxation or other. In 1330 farmers in 1 area of France paid 2 pounds of bees wax each year. On 1632 records reveal that the French Monastery called for lease of 600 pounds. Of bees wax each year. Also in 1371 a request was presented to the London Court of Alderman in behalf of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, which established them as the world’s earliest English Guild. In 1483 the firm received a Royal Charter with authority to oversee the craft of wax chandlery. And when flaws were found to punish the offender, which included seizing the wax.

Beeswax Candles

Candles of beeswax were at one time demanded by the Roman Catholic Church as the exclusive and only candles. The bees were brought to Puerto Rico from the church and the ancient priests and conquistadors. These very same bees although dwarfed compared to the first bees are still habiting the island now.

You can create your own wax quite readily, my ancestors did on the farm on Cape Cod. First you require a few pots to boil and a pot of warm water. Liquid Beeswax is easy, use 1 quarter cup of ivory soap, 1 quarter pound of beeswax, 1 cup of turpentine and half a cup of water.

Dissolve the soap in hot water, place the shaved wax to the turpentine and then gradually melt together, then pour the soap mixture into the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon, after well stirred pour into a glass jar and you have it, very straightforward.

Humans, Animals, Plants and Minerals Wax

Wax is located in the human ear too. There are two unique types and your genetics dictate that one you have. Most plants have a thin protective coating of wax too. Most citrus and fruit trees and vegetables plants have wax on the fruit, leaves and vegetables they produce that we consume. Waxes are also produced by animals and also some fish. Other wax elements are present in minerals and oil products and distillates. You will find Polymer or synthetic, manufactured by man into various kinds of waxes. We get waxes from many different sources really.

Carnauba Wax

The Carnauba we discussed is a favorite wax by many detailers. Carnauba wax is on the leaves of the carnauba palm trees. The ideal Carnauba wax comes out of my view the Palm Trees of Brazil. You can tell a great carnauba wax from the water beads up as you see when you detail your vehicle. Candelilla wax comes from a plant that grows in parts of Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala and sometimes in the southwestern United States. It’s a brown wax and not only have people used it on automobiles it’s used in phonograph records, floor dressings, and candles. Although it’s the significant part of candle wax, it’s mixed in with other waxes normally from the candles we use in our homes.

Bayberry Wax

Bayberry wax, which comes from the berries that the shrub with that name can also be used in candle making. How is this generated? From bees, the identical wax in making hives. Bee’s wax, is used for several things that are common to man; items like candles, polishes, cosmetics (mostly make-up) crayons, flowers (artificial kind). Bee’s Wax is a different wax that you can use it on your car and it’s tough to spread and it’ll give off a terrific shine. The issue is gathers dust too fast, but it will look cool.

Wool wax

Wax from animals is also common to man. Lanolin, it’s known as, after purification is used in soaps from the business, and also cosmetics in addition to certain ointments for first aid and doctor stuff.

Conclusion

As we can read, there are so many types of waxes that it is hard to really understand waxes in depth, but I hope this has cleared up a few of the intricate issues regarding wax, how it’s created and where it comes from.