Hot Cakes are ready-to-use encaustic paints that come in a convenient reusable metal tin. Simply unscrew the lid, place the metal tin full of color onto your hot palette, and wait for your paint to melt. The flat bottom design ensures that your paint will melt evenly when you place it directly on a hot palette. It makes set up easy and simple so that you can get started right away on your painting! When you are finished working, you can replace the lid to keep your paint clean and dust-free for storage. Enkaustikos encaustic colors are made from the finest ingredients: the the most beautiful pigments, the finest Damar Resin, and Pharmaceutical Grade (USP) Refined Natural Beeswax. The paints contain no bleach or synthetic adulterants.