Over the last few months we've had many customers contact us asking for more information about the ingredients we use, where they are from and if they are known allergens. We want to make sure that you have all the correct information before buying our wraps for your family.
We use four natural and simple ingredients to make our wraps. The following information is a breakdown of the reasons why we use them and, most importantly their allergen and safety profile.
As with anything related to allergies, we suggest you talk to your health professional first if you have concerns about any of the Bee Wrappy ingredients, as we do not take into account everyone's individual circumstances (the following information is a guide only).
We only use Australian Organic Beeswax which is sourced from the largest network of Apiaries in Australia. Our wax is commercially rendered and melted in Lismore for more than 48 hours, to remove all impurities. This ensures our wax is fully compliant for importation into Western Australia, which has some different regulations around beeswax products than the rest of Australia.
As in all beeswax, there is component of propolis, which is naturally occurring. Some people may be allergic to propolis, generally those that are already allergic to honey or other bee products. Bee sting allergies and propolis allergies are generally not correlated with each other.
If you are allergic to propolis, we do not suggest you purchase beeswax wraps, but please check with your health professional first.
Dammar Resin/Damar Gum
We only use Dammar resin in our Bee Wrappy blend to coat our wraps. This is compared to many beeswax wrap makers (or DIY recipes) who use pine resin, making us quite unique in the industry.
Our wraps are 100% Pine Resin FREE. Pine Resin also goes by the names; Rosin, Colophony or Pine Gum.
Dammar Resin is derived from 2 types of trees known scientifically as Shorea Dipterocarpaceae and Shorea Javanica. Pine Rosin is derived from any number of trees from the Pinus genus of trees.
95% of the earth's Dammar trees are grown sustainably by farmers in Southern Java and Sumatra, Indonesia. Dammar harvesting has become the amazing alternative to deforestation, and this industry practice is responsible for keeping most of the Javanese rainforests alive. Dammar harvesting has given control over the land to the farmers who own it. You can read more here from the Food and Agricultural Organisation from the UN and a research article here about Dammar "gardens"
Dammar Resin is used for a number of reasons
- It raises the melting point of the beeswax and makes the wax less brittle for folding (this results in a beautiful wrap which can mould and hold it's shape but not crack).
- It is FDA approved for use in storage for food, as a glazing agent and as an additive in food.
- Most importantly there are no known allergies and adverse reactions to Dammar resin. There is a wealth of information about food additives and their long-term and acute effects and there have been no documented cases of dermatitis and asthma symptoms like there has been with Pine resin.
Finally, the MSDS, or Material Safety Data Sheet for Dammar resin is rated 1/5 for health issues, this is the same for beeswax, rock salt and sugar. Click Here for more information
Pine resin is given a 2/5, which is mainly relatied to their allergy profile and irritation, but it also has a rating for reactiveness and is regarded as hazardous for import into the USA and Canada - Click Here for more information
If you have an allergy to Pine resin please check the ingredients used in any beeswax food wraps you are considering purchasing or making to see if it is listed.
We use only Australian Jojoba oil. Jojoba is used in our wraps to add to the suppleness of the wraps and to make them more malleable. We use only a small amount in our wraps.
There are cases where some people have allergies to jojoba oil, if you do, we suggest you do not use our wraps.
We use organically wild-harvested coconut oil from Papua New Guinea. Coconut oil is used to lower the melting point, so it is easier to wrap food.
It also makes the wraps a little stickier and without it our wraps would not stick to themselves.
You can find out more information about our coconut oil here