I finally found a local source for bee goo, and there will probably be a steady supply. In 2003, on the Natural Perfumery group I host on Yahoo, a few members spontaneously, synchronistically, started to write about a tincture of bee goo they were using. Since beeswax absolute is very expensive, they figured out that perhaps the end caps and stuff from the hive that was collecting on the bottom floor of the hive, could be useful in perfumery, too, at much less of a cost.
The bee goo contains soft wax, propolis, bee gunk, honey, pollen, and general gunk, like maybe some dead bees and some unidentifiable bee hive “stuff”. The terroir determines the scent. I have had bee goo tinctures and some bee goo sent to me in the past from Europe, North Carolina, Washington state and several other locales. All have lovely fragrances, reflecting the terroir – the pollen and general cultural conditions of each locale. My new stash of bee goo is from South Florida wildflowers, and has a light, lovely hay-like scent.
Bee goo tincture works in much the same way as beewax absolute – it provides a lot of fixative and pheromonal power to a perfume. I’ll weigh the first batch I have and probably make a 1:3 weight/weight dilution with 190 proof organic sugar cane alcohol for the tincture. I’ll age it for a month or so, shaking daily, and then filter and use the filtered alcohol as a fixative in perfumes. Now that I’m connected with this beekeeper, and some farm folks here in South Florida, they’re all on the look out to get me more bee goo. So happy!