Does beeswax smell? Yes, it does: it’s honeyed, musky, softly sweet and intimate, sometimes with hints of pollen. Natural perfumers – whose palette of ingredients is limited – love it, as it delivers an ‘animalic’ quality yet is cruelty-free, generally harvested from hives that have matured over five years or so, carefully harvested by hand and then extracted using solvents. Beeswax also works brilliantly as a fixative, helping to anchor will-o’-the-wisp, volatile notes.
Smell beeswax in:
Goutal Paris Myrrhe Ardente
Estee Lauder Beautiful
Jo Malone London Earl Grey & Cucumber
Serge Lutens Un Bois de Vanille