What’s the Deal with Beeswax Crayons?

Fat beeswax crayons

We hadn’t tried beeswax crayons until very recently, but I’ve had my eye on them, to be sure. With the promise of rich, vibrant colors, and vegetable dyes and beeswax, they seem like the superfood of kids’ art supplies.

Crayola first came out with their crayons in 1903, and for some reason also came out with many other lines of crayons, including: Anti-Roll, Arista, Art-Toy, Besco, Boston, Cerata, Cerola, Chic’ago, Doo Zee, Durel, Easy-Off, Gotham, Liquitex, Munsell Crayola, Perma, Pooh, Protfolio, Rubens, Spectra, Tiny Tots, Washable and Widstrok. I just don’t know if I could use a Pooh crayon.

Interestingly, there were many companies producing wax crayons starting in the late 19th century, including the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company.

A color treatment in drawing appeals to the child’s innate love of beauty, and by it he is brought into close touch with nature.


In 2000, there were some concerns about asbestos being found in Crayola, Prang and Rose Art crayons, prompting a bunch of testing to see if there were indeed health risks to children using these crayons. The results of testing found that there were trace amounts of asbestos in 2 Crayola and 1 Prang crayon. However, there were larger amounts of “transitional” fiber which is similar in appearance to asbestos fibers.

This fiber still did not warrant a recall, but all three companies were asked to reformulate their crayons, which they did.*

This brings us to the appeal of beeswax crayons:

  • Although more expensive than traditional crayons, they really are a definite safe bet, and lovely to work with.
  • When you hold them, you can feel a little more heft and strength to the crayons, and they glide smoothly on the paper.
  • You can definitely tell the difference in color saturation as well.
  • Beeswax is an all-natural, renewable resource which beats the petroleum-based paraffin of other crayons.


beeswax crayon drawing


If you’re a total superhero, here’s a recipe to make your own beeswax crayons.


If you’re a non-superhero, like me, you can find beeswax crayons here:


beeswax crayons

Faber Castell Beeswax crayons

Fat beeswax crayons

Honey Sticks fat little beeswax crayons

handmade beeswax crayons

>Filana organic, handmade crayons

Have you or your kids tried beeswax crayons? Any favorite brand?

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What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. How wonderful! Do they smell wonderful? I wonder if they would work for children’s encaustics (maybe using a hotplate) or some beeswax transfers. I hope the decline in the availability of beeswax doesn’t make these crayons hard to come by by the time I have kids… maybe I will just get some for myself 🙂

  2. I have to get some! Love the idea of more vibrant. After all they are (love this) the superfood of kids’ art supplies! Like renewable too.

    I think the pebble shaped crayons that I have seen are beeswax. I like your picks!

  3. Thank you for this tip! I have a 2 & 3 year old who love to color, but I never thought about there being anything dangerous in the mainstream brands. I really love those kitty crayons.

  4. Though this is a very old post, it is worth updating to reflect that Stockmar crayons are NOT made from beeswax.

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