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"How do you use beeskin beeswax wraps?" and other questions answered...

Although beeswax wraps are not a new invention, there are many questions you might have. If you can’t find the answer to your question below: get in touch with us

beeskin is the alternative to plastic foil. It protects food from drying out but still lets it breathe. This way food stays fresh for longer. All natural. 

Use it for

  • fruit and veggies, 
  • cake and bread,
  • cheese and cold cuts (Salami, ham, mortadella…)
  • wrap leftover pizza and put it into the the freezer
  • an open bottle of wine or to cover a jug with fresh juice
  • If you want to cover a can of dog food, we recommend to dedicate one and the same wrap to your four-legged friend. Also for onions and garlic, which are in direct contact with the cloth, it is advisable to reserve a cloth only for this purpose (so you dont end up with onion-flavoured apple. Although some might like it….)
  • For hygienic reasons you should not store raw fish and raw meat in beeskin. Place those into an extra bowl and cover the bowl instead. 
  • Pineapple has an enzyme which causes the coating to dissolve. 
  • Prolonged contact with very oily food may damage the wax and resin coating. 

We have 4 different sizes:

  • s: 17x17cm
  • m: 25x25cm
  • l: 35x35cm
  • xl: 35x65cm

On our shop page you find more details about the sizes. 

beeskin beeswax wraps are made of tested, certified, European ingredients only: 

  • 100% cotton (GOTS organic certified)
  • beeswax (tested for pollutants and harmful substances)
  • natural resin
  • jojoba oil (organic)

All the ingredients have a natural antibacterial and anti fungal effect. 

Read more about our ingredients here

If you are allergic to colophane (which is distilled resin) you should not use any beeswax wraps. 

Run your beeskin beeswax wrap under cold water only, and run your fingers over your wrap to remove any excess, as if rinsing a plate. Don’t wash or rub your wrap vigorously with a rough sponge or brush. You may use the soft side of a sponge, gently, and we recommend you use an eco-friendly dish soap with no “alcohol“ within the first 4 ingredients. Alcohol will dissolve the beeswax and tree resin. After having cleaned your beeskin, pat it dry with a kitchen towel or let it air-dry. Don’t set your beeskin beeswax on a radiator since your wrap is not particularly fond of heat. 

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Food wrapped in beeskin will stay fresh for longer due to the antibacterial and antifungal ingredients. Of course it can always happen that something turns bad. 

You can wipe off your beeskin with household vinegar or treat it to our facelift (see below). 

If the food turns bad quickly afterwards or if there are bad stains, it is time to discard your beeskin (see below).

Store your dry beeskins in a drawer, cupboard or, as we prefer, in a big glass jar. Just make sure to keep it away from heat.

Not a good idea. Dont leave your beeskin beeswax wrap out in direct sun or in the car. Microwave, oven and radiator will also damage and destroy your wrap. 

If you forgot your beeskin in the sun or in the car and it seems to melt away, put it into the fridge for a few minutes. It will recover quickly and be ready to be used again. 

Your beeskin beeswax can definitely be put in the fridge and of course in the freezer compartment. Your food will be protected but can still breathe. We recommend you check on your food after 4 weeks to make sure it does not dry out.

Yes, your beeskin beeswax wrap will get wrinkles and stains over time, but we consider this as “patina”. Try to avoid prolonged contact with oily and greasy food. And if, at some point, you think it needs a face lift you can put it in the oven. Put your wrap on a baking sheet, pop it in the oven for 3 minutes at 100°C (or until the wax melts). That’s it. Cool it off and go ahead and reuse it again. Foods like tomatoes will cause stains.

beeskin beeswax wraps comply with EU regulation Nr. 1935/2004 and are tested by independent laboratories. beeskin beeswax wraps are certified and safe  for direct food contact.  

Our packaging and instruction leaflets, as well as the colors used, are approved for direct food contact. This is important since some paper can contain mineral oil and the wrong ink could migrate onto the beeswax wrap and then on the food.

The cardboard comes from certified, sustainable forestry in Sweden. There, for every cutoff tree, 3 new ones are planted. 

The beeswax, Jojoba oil and the tree resin cause beeskin beeswax wraps to stick to any hard surface as well as to themselves. The warmth of your hands will soften the wax and make the stickiness even stronger. Cold temperatures as in the fridge will make it hard, just like a plastic lid it will stay in this form, once taken out it will soften again. If for some reason your beeswax wrap is not as sticky any more you can hold it under warm water but only for a few seconds or you can treat it to a facelift (see left). And if you find it too sticky: no worries, it will wear off after a while.

Yes, your beeskin beeswax wrap smells. It is a nice smell of beeswax and a hint of tree resin. We would describe the smell as woody and natural. Depending on which flowers the bees used to collect their honey the smell of wax may change slightly. A friend recently exclaimed: “I love the smell, it makes me want to bite into it”. And if you dont like the smell of trees, bees and wax too much: after a while it will wear off.

We picked these sizes out of experience. Don’t worry if your beeskin is a bit too big and overlaps – that way it sticks even better. It is also not neccessary to cut your beeskin. If there are a few frays sticking out after a while you can cut them off with a sharp scissor or knife. The organic beeswax and tree resin coating holds the fibers of the fabric together. If you want to cut your individual size with scissors, we recommend our beeskin roll.

At least 1 year. This is why every beeskin comes with our 1-year beeskin guarantee

After its lifetime beeskin can be discarded on the compost. It will dissolve completely. Alternatively you can use beeskin as a natural and healthy fire starter for fireplace or barbecue. 

You like decorating your cakes and muffins? Skip the disposable icing bags. Just wrap your beeskin beeswax wrap to form a icing bag. The best is to start with one corner and roll the wrap towards the other side. Fill with your favourite icing and start decorating your baking goods.

Put your beeskin on your lap while driving by car or train, if something spills then it lands on your beeskin and not on your clothes.

You can purchase your beeskin in our shop or in various stores. Since many people prefer to buy in a local store we list some of the stores in our beeskin map. Please note that not all wholesalers share with us the shops they sell to. We have about 8000 stores in Europe where you can purchase beeskin. Let us know if you have not seen beeskin in your favorite store yet. 

Since beeskin is a European product, made of only European ingredients we ship anywhere in Europe for free. 

We constantly add new languages. At the moment you can get beeskin in

  • Danish
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese 
  • Spanish

We would love to hear from you. The fastest is by email:

or you can give us a call at 

+49 30 810544 – 200 

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