Beeswax

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A gift from nature.

As the UK’s leading Natural Wax supplier for over 100 years, Poth Hille offer an unrivalled selection of beeswax grades from high purity, pharmaceutical quality to industrial application.

Beeswax is secreted by worker bees for use in the construction of the honeycomb. A typical bee colony will house between 20,000 and 80,000 bees which can produce 30-50 kilos of honey but only 3 to 5 kilos of beeswax. The Apis Mellifera bee species is most common and is native to Europe, Africa and latterly China. Beeswax is generally extracted from the capping’s of the honeycomb, it is washed and filtered and can be anything from pale yellow to dark brown in colour depending on the type of flora and fauna to which the bees have visited. Further filtering and decolourisation are required for most other commercial applications.

Poth Hille Refined Beeswax is graded into three main colour classifications: white, light yellow and natural yellow.

Unique in Character

This versatile natural wax is a complex mixture of free fatty acids, long chain alcohols and free wax acids. Characteristically non-crystalline in structure with a grained fracture pattern and a relatively low melting point. Beeswax exhibits excellent flexibility and offers a multitude of applications and is recognised as the most indispensable and widely used natural wax.

Beeswaxes have exceptional thickening and emollient qualities which provide body and structure to cosmetic creams and lotions. These characteristics, along with the ability to add plasticity to formulations, make Beeswax a key ingredient in lipsticks and lip balms. Hair care preparations can be improved with enhancement of volume and texture due to its superior oil binding strength and oil retention properties.

Beeswax can be used as the coating agent in gel capsule production, confectionary coatings and (in combination with Carnauba Wax) as a glazing agent. Beeswax can also be frequently found in Leather Care and Wood Care products, Pharmaceuticals, Dental wax, Dental Floss and Bone Wax.

Versatile

Poth Hille Refined Beeswax can be categorised as high purity grades that are used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries. They meet The British Pharmacopoeia (BP) approved standard and can used in lip care products, colour cosmetics, creams, lotions, moustache and beard waxes, ointments, soaps, tablet coating, depilation, and hair care products. They have an EU food classification, E901 and are also used to coat food to provide surface protection, prevent water loss and protect against ageing.

The technical/industrial grades are used in Wood and Furniture Polish, Leather and Saddlery Care, Shoe Care Products, Fabric Waterproofing, Automotive Care, Pillar Candles, Modelling Waxes, musical instruments and in formulations for Natural Surfboard Wax, Batik and Encaustic Waxes.

We also offer Filtered Beeswax which deep yellow in colour, aromatic and unbleached which can be used in the production of foundation sheets, beeswax bars and rolled beeswax candles.

Beeswax Substitutes

Poth Hille understand the consumer drive for more naturally sourced materials coupled with the desire to reduce petroleum derived products. This has inevitably led to demand-based pricing pressures on the beeswax market.
Poth Hille have developed cost effective alternatives, matching the characteristics, performance criteria and appearance and texture of beeswax. These products are suitable for both technical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products in a wide range of applications.

Our extensive range of alternatives include a Synthetic Beeswax suitable for use as a general cost-effective substitute whilst retaining the appearance and characteristics and suitable for vegans.

Specific Beeswax characteristics can be reproduced with and without the addition of Beeswax to aid texture, viscosity control, oil binding and emulsifying properties.

These waxes are generally available in 25 kilo bags or cartons in pellet form depending on the grade.

Uses & Applications

Lipsticks & Balms

Leather Care

Wood Care

Grades of Beeswax

BP Beeswaxes

These natural waxes, comply with the BP specification and provide strength, stability and structure in formulations for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industry.

There are three colour grades available:

White Beeswax BP

(PHC 1000)

Available in pellet form in 25 kilo bags or cartons.

Light Yellow Beeswax BP

(PHC 3000)

Available in slab and pellet form in 25 kilo bags or cartons.

Natural Yellow Beeswax BP

(PHC 4000)

Available in slab and pellet form in 25 kilo bags or cartons.

Technical Beeswaxes

Non BP waxes have similar traits to the BP grades and are suitable for use technical applications such as waterproofing and polishes.

There are three grades available:

White Refined Beeswax

(PHC 1001)

Available in pellet form in 25 kilo bags or cartons.

Light Yellow Refined Beeswax

(PHC 1002)

Available in pellet form in 25 kilo bags or cartons.

Filtered Yellow Beeswax

(PHC 0413)

Available in slab and pellet form in 25 kilo bags or cartons.

Grade A Filtered Yellow Beeswax

(PHC 0431)

Available in pellet form in 25 kilo bags or cartons.

Alternative Beeswaxes

Due to continuing increasing pricing pressures on the beeswax market, Poth Hille have developed cost effective alternatives matching the characteristics, performance criteria and appearance of beeswax. These products are suitable for cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications.

Synthetic Beeswax

(PHC 8622)

A selected blend of waxes, not containing beeswax, formulated to produce beeswax like characteristics and appearance.

Synthetic Beeswax

(PHC 8602)

This Synthetic Beeswax is a close match to the physical and chemical properties of the natural product.

Yellow Beeswax Blend

(PHC 8669)

A cosmetic grade product containing beeswax and a special combination of waxes formulated to produce a cost-effective alternative to pure beeswax.

White Beeswax Blend

(PHC 8644)

A cosmetic grade product containing beeswax and a special combination of waxes formulated to produce a cost-effective alternative to pure beeswax.

A single bee colony can contain up to 80,000 bees and will produce around 80 kilos of honey. However this will only yield about 1 kilo of beeswax.

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+44 (0)1708 526828

Poth Hille & Co Ltd
Unit 18 Easter Industrial Park,
Ferry Lane South,
Rainham,
Essex,
RM13 9BP,

Tel: +44 (0)1708 526 828
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Email: info@poth-hille.co.uk