Friday, 28 October 2016

Six things to make with Beeswax

1. Solid Perfume


In a double boiler gently warm 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil and 1 tablespoon of beeswax until the beeswax is completely melted. Stir in 5-15 drops of your favourite essential oil or fragrance oil. Pour into a small container and seal once the perfume has completely cooled.




2. Furniture Polish


Old fashioned furniture polish is made by melting together mineral oil and beeswax. The mineral oil in the following recipe can be replace with fractionated coconut oil if preferred.

Over a low heat melt together 50g of oil (mineral or coconut) and 10g of beeswax. A few drops of lemon essential oil can be added. Stir until the mixture starts to thicken, but is still fluid enough than it can be poured into a small jar or tin. Seal when cold.

To use: apply to a wooden surface with a soft cloth. Allow the polish to dry for about 10 minutes then buff with a clean cloth.


3. Make a Simple Salve


Make a simple salve to soothe and moisturise dry skin. The recipe is here.



4. Lip Balm


A simple balm can be made by melting 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over a low heat (this is best done in a double boiler or similar) When the wax and oil are fully melted add the contents of 1 vitamin E oil capsule. Pour into a small jar or tin and allow to cool before capping with a secure lid.

Or try this recipe for Vanilla Honey Lip Balm.






5. Cold Sore Treatment


Some studies indicate that lip balm made with lemon balm infused oil may help lessen the symptoms and reduce healing time for cold sores.

This simple recipe uses beeswax, cocoa butter and the herb lemon balm to make a healing balm.

In a small double boiler or microwave-proof jug slowly and gently heat 30mls of lemon balm infused oil (see below on how to make an infused oil) with 7g beeswax and 7g cocoa butter. Once melted add 3 drops each of tea tree essential oil and peppermint essential oil. Pour into a small, clean jar and allow to cool. Makes approximately 1/4 cup of balm.

Instructions for making an infused oil are here. Simply use dried or fresh lemon balm in place of calendula petals.


6. Olive Oil and Rosehip Night Cream


This Olive Oil and Rosehip Night Cream is excellent in drying cold weather that seems to pull all the moisture out of your skin. It also works well as an enriching day cream if you have particularly dry skin.





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12 comments:

  1. I need some bees! I didn't know about the furniture polish. Have you used it? Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-up. Please come back and join us again! Remember to leave your host a comment to increase the chance of being featured.

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    1. I have tried the polish. It's takes a bit more work than a spray on furniture polish, but the end result is quite good.

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  2. Great uses. Thank you for linking with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to see you again next week.

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  3. This is great! I've seen it on a few different link parties so I finally read it. I love the lip balm idea but how exactly do you use the perfume?

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    1. Hi, thank you. The perfume works by rubbing it on your pulse points. The warmth of your skin releases the aroma of whatever essential oil or fragrance oil been used. If you can find an oil that matches your favourite perfume it's a great way to "top up" when you're out and about.

      Thanks for the invite to you link party - I'll head over :)

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  4. Great ideas. We always used beeswax mixed with jojoba oil to polish our furniture, but I never thought of adding essential oils to the mix. I've got to try it. Thank you so much

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    1. Thanks. I have some jojoba oil so will give it a try next time I make a batch of polish.

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  5. I bought this huge block of beeswax and didn't know what to do with it. Thanks for the great tips! Glad you joined us for Funtastic Friday.

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  6. I've got some leftover beeswax in the cabinets I need to put to use, thanks for the ideas! We're featuring your post at the Homestead Blog Hop, thanks for sharing!

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  7. I bought a bar and have yet to use it! Love it though and want to start making some

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  8. I've always wanted to try making a bar.. I think I may start with this one! Thanks for sharing at Country Fair Blog Party!

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