Beeswax comes from the honeycombs of different bee species. Beeswax is formed in the bees body through the reaction of enzymes and sugar. The sugar comes from nectar. From about 6 grams of sugar 1 gram of wax is formed(1). To make the wax soft or liquid, turpentine (chemically treated natural resin) or white spirit (petroleum derived) is added. Many woodworkers love beeswax because of it’s smell. Beeswax on itself does not provide a strong protective layer. It is therefore often used in combination with oil. When one or two layers of oil are dry, a layer of wax is applied. After 30 minutes the surface should be buffed with a cloth. The surface is then water repellant but not waterproof(1).