We prefer to use organic oils and avoid acrylics and polyurethanes. While these are very practical, durable finishes, the health and environmental benefits are far better for using organic oils and, where applicable, food safe oils and waxes. We make wax from Tasmanian bees wax. Apart from that they smell beautiful and provide a great texture and colour. They add to the timbre of the timber. We do understand that in some instances, depending on what the piece is being used for, it may require the use of stains and other finishes.