The reason why some beeswax wraps become flaky after a while is most likely because they are made with pure beeswax. While the idea of a pure beeswax wrap seems very nice and often that is a main selling point for some beeswax wraps maker, the reality is that these types of beeswax wraps do not perform well.
The beeswax itself is very hard and not flexible, therefore after very short while of using these types of beeswax wraps there appear cracks in places where they are bended and moulded into different shapes.
When you have cracks in you beeswax wraps, there is a good chance that the beeswax will start to loosen out of the fabric at these places and start falling out. What is even worse is that at these places of exposed fabric you mind notice some mould building up over time because water can seek into the fabric.
In Bee Nature we went through many different recipes and pure beeswax wrap was the first wrap I ever made, but unfortunately we met with lots of problem while testing it.
The other significant problem is that these beeswax wraps are not sticky and therefore they are not very effective when you want to use them to cover your bowls and leftovers. By saying that, they work relatively fine for wrapping fruit and vegetables to prolong their freshness.
The Solution to Flaky Beeswax Wraps
If you already purchased this type of beeswax and now is sitting in your cupboard without being used you can definitely try to bring life to it. It won’t be perfect but it might help if you refresh it.
How to Refresh Flaky Beeswax Wrap in 6 Simple Steps
- Heat the oven to 180°C (350°F) with an oven tray in it to warm it up.
- Remove the tray from the oven, line with baking paper, and place your old beeswax wrap face-down onto the baking paper.
- Drop approximately 10-15 drops of jojoba or coconut oil over the beeswax wrap.
- Place in the oven to melt (it will only take a few minutes)
- Remove the tray from the oven and using a pastry brush, evenly brush over the beeswax wrap to evenly redistribute the melted beeswax and jojoba/coconut oil.
- While the wax is still melted, peel the beeswax wrap off the baking paper, and gently wave the wrap in the air to cool it down and re-set the wax.
By following these simple steps your beeswax wrap will become more pliable and less prone to cracking. The wrap should last a few more months, which will hopefully allow you to get a little bit of your value back.
The second option, which would be more effective and would definitely bring your flaky old wrap to life, would be by using one of our refreshing blocks. These blocks are a pre-mixed blend of our beeswax wrap mixture, and already have the perfect balance of our ingredients. If you are using one of our refreshing blocks, simply swap step number 3 above with this:
- Place a refreshing block on top of the beeswax wrap before putting it into the oven
You can get your hands on our Beeswax Wrap Refreshing Blocks here.
Over the years we have met lots of people at craft and farmers markets who are unhappy with the performance of their beeswax wraps. We often give this same advice to save their old wraps and get them back into using and loving them. We often give them one of our small wraps to try at home and we are always super excited to see them coming back to tell us the process worked and was super easy as well.
If you are thinking about buying beeswax wraps but don’t know where to start, you can always browse through our website to find out more about our ingredients and why we are using them. We put lots of time and effort into creating the best beeswax wraps possible, with the right balance of stickiness and longevity.
Small Business Owner - Bee Nature
Hi, my name is Dana, and together with my husband, we run this small business.
This is our story...
I was born in Slovakia, a beautiful country full of mountains and fairy-tale-like castles.
My grandad was a beekeeper. As kids, we always had bees buzzing around us. And most of all there was always some yummy honey for our family and friends.
My granddad kept some hives at home and I have vivid memories of him sitting outside and hand-carving wooden sculptures, which of course were used as homes for our bees. We also had around 40 beehives just a short drive away at my great grandparent's farmhouse. My granddad also kept bees in an old train carriage which he sometimes relocated adjacent to fields based on what types of flowers were in season.
We loved beeswax “chewing gum”; honeycomb full of sweet honey which we always chewed on while our grandparents were collecting honey. My dad was often helping too, and while they were hard at work we would often explore the nearby forest, or swim or fish in the dam at the adjacent property.
My grandma used to make beeswax wraps as well. She used any offcuts she would have in the house and wrapped our lunches in them. That was before our generation became so attached to plastic; before we had the knowledge about how detrimental plastic is to our environment and ecosystem.
Fast forward 20 years, when I found myself studying at university in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. During those years I met my husband and moved to Australia, following my heart. Now we have 2 beautiful kids on our own.
My father-in-law is a hobby beekeeper as well. He is always on the run helping friends with their beehives, passing on his knowledge further. Bees somehow always find their way to our lives. ♥
And so, it was no surprise to anyone that when my kids were born and we decided to start our own journey to a minimal-waste household that I started to make beeswax wraps to replace plastic in our kitchen.
Did you know that just by using a beeswax wrap each day, you can save around 250 meters of cling wrap and plastic packaging from being thrown away each year?
My business is my passion and I always strive to deliver the highest quality wraps possible. It took me well over a year of testing and adjusting a recipe that my grandma passed on to me so many years ago until I was 100% satisfied with the quality and longevity of our wraps. I hope you will enjoy using them as much as we do. 😊