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Honey to the beeswax

March 11, 2010

Beeswax is great to use in skin care products. It sets as a waxy surface on your skin, and protects it from the outside, while keeping the moisture inside so the skin doesn’t dry out. Especially now in wintertime,  beeswax is very useful. Beeswax works great on dry areas, and also areas that are often exposed to cold, wind etc.

You can find beeswax in hobby craft stores, where it is sold as an ingredient for making candles. Or if you’re lucky, you can buy it straight from a  bee-keeper. Keep your eyes out on farmer’s markets and similar. Once you’ve bought some, you can keep it forever without it going off. The yellow (unbleached) beeswax might loose a bit in color if exposed to sunshine. According to My homemade beauty, the yellow beeswax is to prefer in skin care, as it contains more Vitamin A.

Another great quality of beeswax is that it works as a thickening agent, and so it is very convenient to add a bit of beeswax to oil to make it easier to handle. The more you use, the harder the ointment gets, starting from about 5 per cent up to 30 per cent of the whole.

Recipes

So, a very simple lip balm, for instance, would be one part beeswax that you melt in a pot, adding four parts of any oil, olive oil for instance. You can take a little bit of the mixture and cool it, to see if it is good in consistency.

Yesterday I made this hand cream:

Hand lotion for dry winter-hands

  • 10 gr beeswax
  • 0,5 dl sesame seed oil
  • 0,5 dl grapeseed oil
  • 0,2 dl jojoba oil
  • 1 ml Vitamin E
  • 3 ml glycerin
  • 5 drops of lavender oil

Melt the beeswax first on high temperature. Then when the beeswax has melted, lower the temperature as much as possible and add the oils. The mixture still needs to be heated, because other wise the oils would cool the beeswax and it would harden again.

Then take the mixture of the stove and allow it to cool until at least 40 degrees C. Then, if you have, you can add glycerin and vitamin E, and essential oil of your choice.

The sesame seed oil is quite dominant in this recipe. If you’re not fond of the sesame seed oil smell, you can exchange it for some other semi-dry oil, or use a bit less sesame seed and more of the other oils (for example 0,2 dl sesame and 0,5 dl jojoba). Or you can just add more essential oils.

If you’re vegan, you might not want to use beeswax. Try exchanging beeswax for shea butter or even coconut fat (you might need to take a bit more of the coconut fat to get the lotion as hard).

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