Beeswax Skin Care Products
In addition to the delicous healthy honey that comes from keeping bees, they also provide wonderful beeswax. My first beeswax project was skin care products. I started with a bin full of pieces of wax and debris, which needed to be filtered. What a time intensive and messy project! There are numerous resources online for how to go about this, and I’m not convinced that the way I chose was the best, so I won’t go into that too much. I used a crock pot to melt the wax in water, then strain it, allow it to cool, scrape the debris from the bottom of the disc of wax, then repeat. Many, many times. Finally I ended up with this:
I did some research online and found a tremendous amount of recipies, then decided to just sort of wing it. Supplies needed include a double boiler, mason jars to mix in, small jars for storage, silicone molds and lip balm tubes and small funnel to fill them.
Basically, you melt the ingredients together in a jar in a double boiler, adding the vitamin E and fragrant oils last as it cools. You can alter the recipies and it turns out pretty good with most combinations of the main ingredients. You can mix and match essential oils. Here’s what I did:
Hard lotion bars:
3/4 cup beeswax (I would use a bit more next time)
3/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup cocoa butter or shea butter
2 Tbsp vitamin E oil
Melt, add vitamin E and essential oils, mix well, and cool in silicone molds.
Tubs of lotion:
1/2 cup beeswax
1/2 cup almond oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp cocoa butter or shea butter (optional)
1 Tbsp vitamin E oil
Melt, add vitamin E and essential oils, mix well, and cool in tubs or small jars.
1 Tbsp beeswax (I would just a bit more next time)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp almond oil
1 tsp vitamin E oil
piece of lipstick to tint (optional)
Melt, add vitamin E and essential oils, mix well, and cool in lip balm tubes or small tubs.
If you don’t have your own bees, get some! Honey bees can be kept anywhere, including in the city. They are peaceful and won’t sting unless seriously provoked. Bees not only provide beeswax and amazing honey (local honey is considered a super food and even helps with allergies), but pollenators are also extremely important in growing fruits and vegetables, and they dropping in numbers and need our help. However, you can also purchase ready to use beeswax online if you’re not ready to take on a whole hive just yet.
These products are super mosturizing and great for dry cracking hands that outdoorsy people tend to get, especially in the winter. Best of all, they are home made and free from any artificial preservatives or nasty chemicals.