Based on a single application on a pre-finished smooth surface finish that is in relatively good condition:
Our wax polishes were born out of a refusal to accept poor quality products created using cheap ingredients in the name of profit.
Our polishes contain only the highest quality natural waxes, all responsibly sourced. We have a personal relationship with all our bee-keepers and ensure the bees are organically supported and the beeswax is always humanely harvested.
We are a Carbon Negative and Zero Plastic business powered by more energy from the sun than we can currently use.
When selecting a polish for your wood, fine antique furniture or leather, we recommend considering the environmental impact of its manufacture and disposal, its effect on indoor air quality, and durability.
"Our intention is not to compete with any other brand,
but to simply make the best beeswax polish we can"
Beeswax has been used for centuries as a water-proof, air-tight protective sealant that helps bring out the natural patina and leaves wood silky-smooth to the touch.
That being said, a beeswax polish isn't intended to offer as much protection as lacquers, shellacs, varnishes and oil finishes. It is intended to act as an easily-restored sacrificial layer to protect those expensive and hard-to-repair finishes.
A 100% beeswax finish is too soft and wont offer the long term protection, thats's why we blend ours with the hardest of all natural waxes; T1-grade carnauba wax. This is another natural wax, produced by the copernicia cerifera tree to protect its leaves from water, pathogens and UV radiation. As the hardest of all natural waxes with the highest melting point it helps Gilboy's Gold to provide a strong, highly water-resistant and longer-wearing protective finish.
In July 2017 after much research and development, we incorporated Myrica wax into our special blend of natural waxes.
To make Gilboy's Gold easy to apply we soften our blend of waxes with pure pine turpentine. Once you have applied the wax polish, the turpentine evaporates leaving a strong protective layer of our blend of waxes ready for you to buff to a deep shine. Pure gum spirits of turpentine is made from nothing but the tapped sap of living pine trees. Unlike petrochemical alternatives, pure turpentine holds much more wax by volume and has a wonderful pine aroma, so we have no need to add synthetic chemical scents.
All polishes contain a carrier, or solvent, which preserves the polish in the container and evaporates as it dries. Unfortunately, price pressures in the consumer market have driven most of the major brands of furniture polish to resort to using cheap petrochemical solvents and artificial chemical scents in their wax polishes. Toxic and polluting ingredients such as xylene are common solvents; carcinogens such as arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium are sometimes used as drying agents in linseed oil and toxic glycol ethers may be used as solvents in many water-based sealers. Other polishes may also contain additives to speed drying or provide fungicidal properties. All these elements contribute to a polish's environmental impact.
Polishes vary greatly in their durability and ability to protect wood from heat, water, and chemicals. As restorers of fine antique furniture we have always taken great care to use traditional techniques and the best natural materials we can find. However, in the highly competitive wood polishes market, manufacturers are constantly looking to reduce costs. This inevitably leads to lower quality ingredients being used. The 'recipe' remains the same, but the quality of the polish declines.
After years of trying to find the perfect beeswax polish, we eventually resorted to taking control of the quality by making our own. Using only the finest natural ingredients, our sole aim has always been to make the best beeswax polish possible today.
The best wax polish deserves to be looked after itself, so we supply Gilboy's Gold in air-tight Le Parfait pressure-seal jars and every jar is shipped in recycled packaging that can be reused to send your empty jar back and claim our 25% Return & Refill discount.