Beeswax Recipes.

Fancy having a go at making some beeswax products for use around the home? Below you’ll find a selection of different recipe’s! They’re not our own natural blend that we sell, as we wouldn’t want to give away our own carefully developed recipe’s, but there is plenty to try out.

Lip balm

2 teaspoons of coconut oil 1 teaspoon of beeswax and 1 vitamin E capsule

Melt together and pour into a container, allow to cool.

There are endless variations using more and less of different ingredients, and other moisturizer for the lips. Various Essential Oils and flavours may be added to taste. Try a few drops of peppermint essential oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Orange or Lemon Essential Oils, or any flavours you might enjoy! You can use the candy flavouring oils to be found in the candy making shops.

Skin Cream

2 1/2 ounces (weight) beeswax 4 ounces (weight) lanolin 2/3 cup baby or mineral oil 3/4 cup water 1 teaspoon borax (sodium borate, CP) Fragrant oil (optional)

Melt the oil, lanolin and beeswax to 160 degrees F. Heat the borax and water in a separate container to 160 degrees F. Be sure the beeswax is melted and the borax is dissolved. Add the water mixture to the oil mixture while stirring. When a white cream forms, stir slowly until the mixture cools to 100 degrees F. Pour the cream into small, wide-mouth jars.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is easy to make, and it is an ingredient of many other products. Naturalists may substitute a natural oil, such as grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil for the baby or mineral oil to create an “un-petroleum jelly.”

1 ounce (weight) beeswax 1/2 cup baby or mineral oil

Melt the beeswax in a microwave or a double boiler. Stir in the mineral oil. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir until cool.

Basic Lotion Bar

3 ounces beeswax 2 ounces cocoa butter 3 ounces sweet almond oil

Melt and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Mould into desired shape.

Solid Perfume

3 parts Sweet Almond or Jojoba oil, 2 parts White beeswax and 1 part Scent

Melt all ingredients over double boiler until well mixed and integrated. Pour into containers and let cool.

Rosemary Cream

(excellent for getting mascara & makeup off) – FOR ALL SKIN TYPES EXCEPT OILY

Will keep without refrigeration for about 1 month, so don’t make up too much at once.

Step 1

12 grams beeswax 15 grams emulsifying wax 1 tablespoon (thick) coconut oil 100ml olive oil.

Melt in a double boiler, I use the microwave in a Pyrex bowl, works fine. Remove from heat.

Step 2

2 tablespoons water 1/4 teaspoon borax 1 tablespoon rosewater

Heat water mix slightly in a Pyrex bowl till borax is dissolved. Add slowly to the melted oils from step 1 & stir constantly till almost cool. Doesn’t take long (not like tracing). Mix well, when lukewarm, then add 5 drops essential oil, e.g.. rose geranium is good for general skin care.

If the E/O is added above 45C it will vaporize & you will loose your therapeutic qualities as well as most of the fragrance. Pot into sterilized glass jar.

Beeswax Castile Soap

16 Oz weight olive oil 1 Oz beeswax 1 Oz palm oil 2.1 Oz lye 1 cup water (8 fluid ounces)

(melt the beeswax with the fats)

Fat and lye/water temperature about 150 degrees F

Tracing time: about 12 minutes FAST! (This is not a good blender soap candidate!)

Time in moulds: 48 hours

Place the soap in a freezer for 3 hours, then remove it from the moulds

Age: 6 to 8 weeks for the bars to harden.

Cold Cream

Pour 84 ml olive oil and 28 g beeswax into a jar or basin and stand in a pan of hot water on the stove. Warm gently (do not boil!) until the wax is just melted. Warm 30 ml rosewater. Stir the oil and wax together and while stirring, add the rosewater gradually. Remove the jar from hot water and stir vigorously until cool. To make a cream which is effective in fighting wrinkles and scars, add the contents of one or two vitamin E capsules (prick the capsule and squeeze the contents out).

Candle Wicks

The herb Mullen was used centuries ago to make wicks for candles. You will have to find the seeds for Mullen and grow them yourself. Mullen is a tall straight plant with a hard stem. When the plant is fully grown and ripe, cut and remove the hard outer stem. In the centre of the stem is a vegetable cord like substance. Remove the cords and twist carefully, tying at top and bottom, then hang with a small weight like a pebble attached to the bottom. You can plait several cords of Mullen together to make the thickness of wick you require. Leave to dry for several weeks, then use in candles as normal.

Sweet Honeyed Carrot Soap

7.5 ounces Coconut Oil 8 ounces castor oil 8 ounces olive oil 16 ounces Sunflower Oil 16 ounces Crisco 2ounces  Beeswax 8 ounces carrot juice 14 ounces water 7.58 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide)

Instructions:

Measure oils on your scale. Warm on the stove or in the microwave. Bring temperature to near 120° F. Exact temperature is not critical. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Allow to cool to near 120° F. Exact temperature is not critical. Combine oils and lye solution and carrot juice. Stir until trace. Stir well. Pour soap into the moulds. Allow to sit until soap is firm. Depending on the depth of the mould this will happen in 6 to 36 hours. Deeper moulds allow for faster firming. Cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

Notes & Comments: At trace I added honey which had been caramelized in the microwave & aloe Vera. The soap is a lovely almost translucent pale orange & has a warm sweet scent but not sickly sweet.

“Bee Good Soap”

16 ounces Almond Oil 26 ounces  Canola oil 32 ounces Coconut Oil 28 ounces  Olive oil 26 ounces Hydrogenated Soybean Oilbean Oil 48 fluid ounces water 18 ounces  lye (sodium hydroxide) 4 ounces Beeswax (.5 oz per pound x 8 lbs.) 4 ounces Honey (.5 oz per pound x 8 lbs.)

Instructions:

Heat oils to 150° F. Add Beeswax (you can grate it, chunk it, pre-melt it). Cool to 115° F. Lye and water to about 110° F. Add lye/water to oils, at light trace, add the honey. Stir till well blended. Pour no more than an inch deep. Cover with Saran type wrap prevents soda ash). Don’t wrap with a blanket, just put a cookie sheet over the top, as this will get warmer than soaps without honey.

Notes & Comments: You can scent this as you like, add scents at light trace.

Wax Crayons

Parts by weight: 2 parts beeswax, 1 part talc pigment

Melt the wax in a microwave or small can placed in boiling water ( a double boiler). Stir in the talc and dry artist’s pigment or fresco colours. Pour the mixture into a lubricated aluminium foil mould. The crayon may be melted again and more pigment added until it is the exact colour desired.   Caution: These crayons should not be used by children because some pigments are not food safe.

Wax Pastels

Parts by weight: 1 part grated soap, 1 part beeswax Pigment

Melt the beeswax in a small can placed in boiling water. Add the grated soap and stir until the soap melts and the mixture is smooth. Colour the mixture with dry artist’s pigment or fresco colours. Pour into lubricated aluminium foil moulds. After testing the crayon, it can be melted again and more pigment added. Caution: These crayons should not be used by children because some pigments are not food safe.

Wax Pastels for Children

Follow the directions above for “Wax Pastel Crayons” using concentrated food colouring as the pigment. The paste is sold with cake decorating supplies. The crayons are food safe and they blend well. Their colour is almost as concentrated as the crayons made with the artist’s pigment.

Oil Paint #1

8 measures beeswax, 3 measures turpentine

Melt the beeswax in a microwave or double boiler. Remove it from the heat and stir in the turpentine. For direct painting, combine the mixture on a palette with tube oil paint. Thin or thick coats can be applied over oil, tempera or glue paints. Use only a wax varnish over the finished painting.

Oil paint #2

4 measures beeswax, 1 measure Damar varnish, 1 measure boiled linseed oil, 12 measures turpentine

Heat the ingredients in a double boiler until they are combined. Remove the boiler from the heat and stir until the mixture forms a soft paste. Combine the soft paste on a palette with tube oil paints. Apply the paint as a final paint layer or glaze. Varnish the painting with a wax varnish only.

Leather Waterproofing

4 Oz. beeswax 4 Oz. resin or rosin (music stores carry) 1 pint of vegetable oil

Melt the solids in the oil, and apply while warm.

Arthritis wax treatment

Warm wax treatments are approved by the Arthritis Foundation to help relieve sore, painful joints caused by arthritis. Wax treatments provide moist heat, increase blood circulation, and ease stiffness due to joint inflammation.

5 lbs. beeswax, 2 cups mineral oil.

Step 1: Melt ingredients in an oven set between 170 to 200 degrees F. Stir to mix the oil and wax.

Step 2: Remove the mixture from the oven and allow it to cool until there is a film of cooled wax on the surface (about 125 degrees F). Test the wax to be sure it is very warm, but not uncomfortable.

Step 3: The body part treated must be clean and dry. Dip the body part into the wax mixture and withdraw it. If the hand is being treated, keep the fingers apart. Do this a few more times until there is a thick coating of wax.

Step 4: Return the body part to the wax and leave there (15 to 30 minutes) until the mixture cools.

Step 5: Remove the body part and peel off the wax.

Save the wax in a closed container to use again. The treatment may be repeated. The mixture will melt more quickly now that the oil and wax are combined.

Waterproof & Leather Softener

1 Oz. (weight) beeswax 8 Oz/ (weight) petroleum jelly

Melt the ingredients in a microwave or double boiler. Brush the hot mixture onto the leather and allow it to penetrate. If possible, place the item in hot sun. Polish the leather with a cloth to remove excess waterproofing.

Ironing Wax

Rub a cake of wax over a hot iron, then press canvas or unbleached muslin. This wax finish gives a gloss and protects the cloth from dirt and water. While the iron is still hot, wipe it clean with a paper towel.

Envelope Sealing Wax

1/2 Oz. weight beeswax 3 oz. weight blonde shellac dry artist’s pigment or fresco colours

Melt the beeswax in a microwave. Add the shellac flakes and microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until the mixture is melted (about 2 1/2 minutes total time). Stir in the dry pigment. Judge the amount of pigment to add by the colour of the wax. Pour this into moulds and let it cool.

Dust Mops & Dust Cloths

1 Tablespoon beeswax (1/2 oz. weight) 2 Tablespoons mineral oil 2 cups turpentine

Heat the wax and oil in a microwave or a double boiler until the wax melts. Remove this from the heat and stir in the turpentine. Wet flannel cloth or a dust mop in the liquid. Wring it out and spread it to dry.

Golf Club Grip Wax

2 oz. weight beeswax 1 teaspoon powdered rosin

Melt the ingredients together in a 250 degree F. oven. Pour this into a paper tube. Peel away the paper as the wax is used.

Sealing Putty

1/4 cup linseed oil, 2 teaspoons beeswax, Whiting (calcium carbonate powder)

Whiting is sold by building suppliers or “Woodworker’s Supply” (800-645-9292).

Melt the beeswax in the microwave or a double boiler. Add the oil and stir. Heat the mixture again if necessary to get a smooth texture. Let it cool. Stir in small amounts of whiting until the mixture is dough-like and can be handled. Knead the mixture until it is smooth and store it in an air-tight container.

Waterproof paper

4 oz. weight beeswax, 6 oz. weight alum, 1 oz. weight soap, 1 quart water fragrant essential oil (optional)

Combine the ingredients and boil them for 10 minutes. Be sure the beeswax is melted. Dip paper into the hot solution and hang it to dry. Alum is sold in the grocer’s spice section.

Copper Cleaner

Parts by weight.

2.4 parts beeswax, 9.4 parts mineral oil, 42 parts vinegar, 5% to 7% acetic acid, 42 parts citric acid, USP crystals 42 parts soap flakes

Combine the soap and vinegar to make a paste. Melt the beeswax and mineral oil together in a microwave or a double boiler. Stir in the soap mixture and the citric acid. Let the cleaner set overnight before using it. Apply the polish with a clean, damp cloth. Rinse the copper and wipe it dry with a clean cloth.