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FAQ and Wholesale Bee Kind Beeswaxes


Where do you source your Beeswax and other Plant Oils?
We source all of our NZ made, natural beeswax in bulk blocks from Haines Apiaries in Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand. We visit the apiaries regularly and we have an excellent relationship with our local supplier. We source our certified essential plant oils from distillery growers in NZ.

Photo taken from our beeswax supplier, Haines Apiaries, Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand, 2014

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How did Bee Kind start?

A long time ago as a unknowing consumer, I used to often purchase silicon and petroleum based furniture sprays, oils and polishes for use on my antique furniture and leather gear. Upon use and application, I got very ill with the air borne and skin contact symptoms, such as severe migraines, asthma and red inflamed skin or immediate skin rashes. Symptoms which would worsen rapidly the more I used these products. The reactions were very immediate. So the cause was fairly obvious.

As a family business, we developed Bee Kind, using only simple and old-fashioned plant ingredients like beeswax, carnauba wax and certified plant oils. Over the years the product range has developed and we have adhered to our morals of only using the finest quality NZ made ingredients, without the need for crudely made chemical substitutes and crude animal oil derived by-products. 

Where are your Bee Kind Beeswaxes made?

All of our Bee Kind products are made by hand in Northland, New Zealand. We’ve also made it our goal to purchase quality ingredients from local manufacturers in New Zealand. It is often that we have to shut up the workshop during the day as we seem to attract bees from miles away when we are making our waxes. We normally feed the bees outside daily with honey, to give something back to our busy hives.

What is Beeswax exactly?

Beeswax is a natural wax produced by individual honey bees of the genus Apis. The wax is formed into "scales" by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments 4 through 7 of worker bees, who discard it in or at the hive. The hive workers collect and use it for comb structural stability, to form cells for honey-storage and larval and pupal comfort and protection within the bee hive. Chemically, beeswax consists of mainly esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols. The wax is formed by worker bees, which secrete it from eight wax-producing mirror glands on the inner sides of the sternites (the ventral shield or plate of each segment of the body) on abdominal segments 4 to 7. The sizes of these wax glands depend on the age of the worker, and after many daily flights, these glands begin to gradually atrophy.

The new wax is initially glass-clear and colourless, becoming opaque after mastication and adulteration with pollen by the hive worker bees. Also, the wax becomes progressively more yellow or brown by incorporation of pollen oils and propolis.

Honey bees use the beeswax to build honeycomb cells in which their young are raised with honey and pollen cells being capped for storage. 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. Historically, Beeswax was among the first natural plastics to be used in civilization.

What is Carnauba Wax?

Carnauba is a wax of the leaves of the palm Copernicia prunifera. A plant native to and grown only in the northeastern Brazilian states of Piauí, Ceará, and Rio Grande do Norte.It is known as "queen of waxes" and in its pure state, usually comes in the form of hard yellow-brown flakes. It is obtained from the leaves of the carnauba palm by collecting and drying them, and then beating them to loosen the wax.

Why do you use certified essential plant oils such as Tea Tree, Manuka, Lavender and Eucalyptus in your Bee Kind waxes?

Certified essential plants oils have shown to inhibit the growth of the bacteria tested. Extensive studies have shown that, among the essential oils tested, Manuka oil, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil in particular had strong antibacterial activity against periodontopathic and cariogenic bacteria and mould strains.

Do your products have a shelf life?

Beeswax and carnauba wax in it’s natural form is self-preserving. But in general, due to the fact that our products are natural and biodegradable, we recommend use within two years. Also leave in cool dry place and keep shut away from animals as they seem to like eating our waxes if a lid has been left off. Normally harmless to animals as we do not use chemicals or petroleums. But always seek veterinary advice if unsure.

Do you test your products on animals?

Bee Kind does NOT condone any form of animal testing. 
A few of our products contain cruelty-free and sustainable ingredients derived from animals such as beeswax and Active 15+ Manuka Honey.

Do your products contain any chemicals, turps or petroleum by-products?

We have found that nature provides the most effective ingredients and we have no need to use cheap and nasty chemicals or turps to thin out our products. Beeswax has been used since the beginning of civilization. It has been found in the pharaohs tombs, sunken viking ships and Roman ruins to preserve.
Petroleum distillate bases have the tendency to evaporate quickly. That is why when you use sprays or silicon oils on your antiques, they look good for a little while, but over time the finish returns to a tired appearance and eventually will break down. Spray polishes contain silicates, which after a while will also destroy leather and wood finishes.

Why do you not use any oils on the market such as commonly used Neatsfoot Oil and Mink Oil?

Neatsfoot Oil is a cheap animal by-product oil rendered from the shin bones and feet of slaughtered cattle and often blended with petroleum by-products, like turps to increase shelf-life. It’s a crudely made animal by-product, used often in the manufacture of leather oils. Mink Oil is a refined skin fat harvested from the slaughter of the mink animals It is most-often imported from mink farms in China and blended with petroleum distillates to stretch the resource.


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