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BeesWax Is a BIG Deal


We love telling stories and are honored that you would want to be a part of them. This is a summary of our journeys, our adventures and how our lives and the lives of our bees intersect.


BeesWax Is a BIG Deal

Kenneth-James Tencza

First of all, we want to thank our friends and family all over the country who have been supporting my family through purchasing Illuman Apiary lip-balm. It has been so amazing to hear all the amazing responses and how you have been enjoying it. It blesses us to know that something we make can be something you can use, enjoy in such practical and quality ways.  From the beginning, we had a family goal of being more mindful about the things we use in hopes of learning and blessing others with it. For the sake of our journey ahead here is the Oxford definition of mindfulness:

noun: mindfulness

  1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something:

    “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”

  2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Over the past several weeks, we have sold hundreds of sticks of lip-balm made of our very own beeswax. Most of us know that beeswax is natural and it is supposed to be good for us, but if we are honest, we have no idea why beeswax is different from any other kind of wax or even what wax actually is.

With the desire of you journeying with us in our amazement of bees, nature and provision I’m going to share some really cool things about beeswax. Beeswax is not just wax. When we practice mindfulness while looking at the chapstick you hold in your hand or the lip-balm you have/will purchase from Illuman Apiary, we learn that beeswax is something not short of being magical.

Where does beeswax come from?

Bees make honey from pollen and they make beeswax from honey. The wax is a bi-product that the bees use to create the structural walls of the beehive. A hive of bees uses eight pounds of honey to produce one pound of wax. These industrious workers not only create delicious honey, but they give us this completely natural emulsifier too.

Not all beeswax is the same. It varies from pale white to deep gold depending on the flowers the bees collect the pollen from. As part of a natural skin cream, it doesn’t get much closer to nature than pure beeswax.

What are the natural benefits of beeswax?

Because the original purpose of beeswax is to protect and keep honey moist and fresh while keeping outside elements at bay; the first natural benefit is that is natures best product that can lock moisture in while keeping dryness out. Beeswax protects the skin from the drying and damaging effects of the environment. The soft, pliable wax seals in moisture and keeps harmful pollutants and irritants out. At the same time, it penetrates deeply into the skin for long-lasting, penetrating moisture

Secondly, beeswax is a natural anti-inflammatory product which soothes and causes irritated skin calm. It heals and minimizes eruptions, acne, redness and minor rashes. The anti-bacterial and anti-microbial elements prevent infections from developing while healing existing discomforts.

Beeswax is also an anti-septic which cleans, nourishes and protects open wounds all at the same time. Although there are many other benefits to the wax that bees produce, these are the three biggies! Can you imagine all these things wrapped up in a tube of lip-balm? This doesn’t even include the benefits of the different types of carrier oils and essential oils! That will be for posts in the future! All this to say, your lip-balm has a story that started with flowers growing, queen-bees starting their kingdoms, babies being born and honey being stored. Your lip-balm flew on the backs of bees through the summer winds and protected their sweet honey during the hot summer months, and that story is passed on to you.

The next time you pick up your Illuman Apiary lip-balm, take time to consider the things you have read in this post, and may you know and embrace the bigger story of the little things that make life amazing!

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