Hi, I’m Alex Williams
I began working with Cornish beeswax in 2017 when my cousin, Tom White gave me some wax produced locally by his bees.
For the past 20 years I have been working as a Complementary Therapist. I am also an Environmental Scientist with a deep interest in ecology, sustainability and our interaction with the local environment. My passion for this beautiful natural product is because it not only promotes our own personal health and wellbeing, but also for our environment too.
Cousin Tom has been a beekeeper for many years and is passionate about bees, his enthusiasm for this ancient art has no bounds. I worked in environmental conservation for many years and just love the fact that working with beeswax is also good for our local ecology.
Where does beeswax come from?
Following our conservation Tom turned up at my house having purchased my first candle mould and brought me some of his wax. The wax honeycomb comes out of the hive full of golden honey and beekeepers extract the honey leaving the wax as a byproduct. Some wax is used in beekeeping but the excess is a valuable resource. Candle making is the most widely used technique but beeswax can be used in limitless applications.
How to make beeswax candles?
Beeswax is antibacterial, full of nutrition and its properties are very beneficial in skincare. It is a true wax made by bees and therefore does not have to go through endless chemical processes and bleaching to make it a usable product as with soy or paraffin wax. Tom filters the wax to remove any debris and passes it to me, I then filter it again, and I initially began making candles.