Beeswax Absolute is a unique entry in AromaWeb's Essential Oil Profile Directory because it is the only aromatic ingredient that is animal based.
Beeswax Absolute is primarily used in perfumery and fragrancing. Though there is little documentation for this harder-to-find oil, I see its potential as being a gently soothing and calming addition to aromatherapy blends intended for emotional well-being.
Beeswax Absolute can vary in consistency and aroma. The aroma is typically intensely honey-like. Depending on the source of the beeswax, the aroma can also possess a beautifully intoxicating floral quality. Some sources say that beeswax absolute can also have notes of hay, and I agree.
Its thickness can certainly depend on the temperature that it is stored at. (See AromaWeb's Working With and Blending Thick Aromatic Oils article.)
Botanical Name (of the honeybee)
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Deep Golden Brown
Strength of Initial Aroma
Mild - Medium
Beeswax Absolute smells rich, sweet, floral and has a somewhat honey-like aroma.
Beeswax Absolute Uses
Beeswax Absolute is not vegan.
Beeswax Absolute Safety Information
Safety information is not readily available. Since Beeswax Absolute is used for perfumery and is not used as a therapeutic oil, use with caution and common sense. It may be wise to avoid in anyone who cannot consume honey or use beeswax.
General Safety Information
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