Beeswax is an exceptional material for naturally waterproofing your cotton fabric mask. Beeswax works by being absorbed directly into the cotton fibers, making the material waterproof without clogging the fabric. This provides the best of both performance and protection, ideal for winter sorts, exercising outdoors, or taking a brisk walk in the snow or the damp winters of the Pacific Northwest.
100% natural filtered beeswax harvested by Washington State honeybees
Apply before activities or winter sports for all-day performance
Beeswax makes cotton fibers water-resistant without clogging the fabric's natural pores
Non-toxic, with no additives or artificial chemicals
The subtle scent of flowers and honey makes every breath a little bit heavenly
This 1-ounce block will last for dozens and dozens of applications. Beeswax does not spoil
Locally sourced by Puraka from honey farms in Snohomish, Washington
Step 1 - Select a Solid or Light-colored Mask
Start with a solid or light-colored fabric mask. We recommend one of our lightweight and breathable Active Masks.
Step 2 - Apply the Wax
Rub the cotton surface of the mask vigorously until coated. Start with a small area, then move on once you can see a whitish sheen coating the fabric. Apply extra to the seams and around the upper trim. Warm the beeswax block for 5-10 seconds first with a hair dryer for easier coating.
Step 3 - Treat with Heat
Using a hair dryer set to low, warm the mask. Move the dryer back and forth across the mask an inch or two away from the fabric. Continue until all of the whitish sheen from Step 2 has disappeared.
Step 4 - Inspect the Fabric
After treatment, the fabric should have a darker, warmer tone. The color of the mask should be uniform from top to bottom. To test that the cotton fibers are thoroughly prepared, run the mask ever-so-briefly under the faucet, shake it vigorously, then put it on and draw a few breaths. You should be able to breathe easily even if the mask appears wet. (Test it out by trying the same thing with a non-treated mask. You'll be amazed at the difference!)
Step 5 - Wash and Reapply
Wash your mask just like you would normally. If machine-washing, make sure to use a laundry bag so the wax doesn't rub against other garments. Re-apply again before use.