by Simon Gilboy November 24, 2017
We started making our own beeswax furniture polish many years ago to compliment our furniture conservation and restoration work. Gilboy's Gold is handmade by us here at our restoration workshops in Staverton, Devon.
We don't use any artificial scents or petrochemical solvents. Cheaper petrochemical-derived solvents have an unpleasant odour, so manufacturers add artificial scents to their products. Pure turpentine has a wonderful pine aroma, so we don't need to add anything artificial to Gilboy's Gold.
Bees have been kept at Buckfast Abbey since medieval times, so of course they've been working with furniture restorers for centuries. We worked with the beekeeping department to select the perfect beeswax for each of our polishes.
The hardest of all the natural waxes, our very precise blend of just the right amount of carnauba wax means Gilboy's Gold provides a tough finish and a deep shine while still being very easy to apply and buff.
Environmental preservation is very important to us and we make every effort to ensure our products have a minimal impact on the environment. We select our components based on quality and sustainability rather than the cheapest alternatives. We are not driven by a corporate cost-reduction ethos.
As strong believers in the traditional methods of furniture restoration, we also use the traditional method of softening our waxes with pure pine turpentine.
As restorers and french polishers we use various containers throughout the day, every day. This made us pretty choosy when it came to selecting the best containers for our own beeswax furniture polish. That is why we selected Le Parfait glass jars with their air-tight seals and clip-top lids. Who throws aways an empty Le Parfait jar? They are ultimately reusable and we'd like to encourage it.
Some of us in the company are old enough to have fond memories of returning our empty Coca-Cola bottles to the shop for a cash refund. Glass is simply the best container for recycling - easy to clean and saves our planet drowning in plastic. That is why we are offering a massive 25% discount when you send your empty jars back to us for a refill.
We spent some time looking for the right packaging that would meet two very important requirements. We wanted to ensure your beeswax furniture polish would be held secure in transit and arrive in perfect condition. And we wanted it to be reusable to ensure your empties would be returned in perfect condition and cost a few less trees.
We understand how important bees are to our environment and we're sure you'll be grateful for their amazing wax too. So every time we ship some of our beeswax furniture polish we include a complimentary box of sweet pea seeds for you to plant and grow as a way of saying "Thank you" to the bees.
*The sweet pea is one of the highest producers of nectar in the British garden
We developed three shades of polish, specifically designed to bring out the best in similar coloured woods:
|Pure Gold is a clear beeswax polish ideal for use on Ash, Beech, Maple, Light Oak and Pine. To restore the colour of sun-bleached woods we recommend using Rose Gold or Antique Gold.|
||Rose Gold is a medium shade beeswax polish specially formulated for use on Rosewood, Light Mahogany, Cherry, and Honey Oak furniture or similar coloured woods.|
||Antique Gold is a dark beeswax polish designed for use on dark and antique woods such as Antique Oak, Mahogany, Walnut, Elm or similar dark coloured woods.|
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