Beeswax and mineral Oil on Cutting Boards

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Forum topic by Rob posted 12-11-2015 01:22 AM 689 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2015 01:22 AM

Just like many of you, I make up a Beeswax and Mineral Oil finish for the cutting boards I make. I had never had anything other than compliments until today. I sold one to a woman at my workplace that she will be giving away as a gift for Christmas. Then she asked me if I would make another one for her daughter but asked if I would just use Mineral Oil. She went on to say that her daughter is allergic to Bee stings, Honey, and Beeswax. Of course this isn’t a problem but how many of you that use Beeswax think about allergies when putting a finish on a cutting board? Now I’m wondering if I should just use Mineral Oil and stop using Beeswax altogether. Your thoughts?

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 01:40 AM

I wouldn’t stop using it since I think it’s better than just mineral oil, but would be more inclined to putting on my care instructions of what is used on it just in case. Usually when I sell cutting boards people ask what I use for finish, or I end up telling the customer either way.

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 01:50 AM

I have heard of people being allergic to bee stings but never honey and beeswax. I would say that this is a very isolated case and I wouldn’t worry about it too much as you can always accommodate your customers by tailoring finishes to meet their needs.

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 02:06 AM

I agree with the other two posters. I would continue using the beeswax and mineral spiriits also. I your doing shows I might even take a few of both to sell. Costumers love choices.

-- Charlie75, Alto

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#4 posted 12-11-2015 02:09 AM

I googled it and it does happen. Apparently they are allergic to the propolis in beeswax. I’m going to keep using it, but I always tell people what I use.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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