Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Food Safe Beeswax Polish for Wood Bowls and Cutting Boards

This simple recipe will keep your wood wares seasoned with food safe ingredients.  Perfect for wooden cutting boards, wooden salad bowls and utensils.

4 ounces pure beeswax

16 ounces food grade mineral oil, found at most drug stores

 Process in a double boiler to insure gentle heating. Melt beeswax, then add mineral oil while stirring slowly. After mixing pour the mixture into a widemouthed container that will be easy to get a rag into. After it turns solid it is ready to use. Apply to your wooden wares with a smooth rag like a tee-shirt.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

We recommend that you use a double boiler, even just putting your pot in a pyrex baking dish with water in the bottom will prevent the fire hazard as well as keeping your beeswax and oils from browning from too much heat.

If your beeswax is too hard, soften it in a bowl of hot tap water for about 10 minutes and it will be ready to grate.

Find beeswax here

Lip balm tubes here

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Simple Beeswax Salve With Coconut Oil

I've seen similar recipes with olive oil, but like the properties of coconut oil better, especially the scent.

1  Use a double boiler to gently melt 2 ounces of beeswax. An ounce by weight roughly melts to a fluid ounce.

2 remove from heat and add 14-16 ounces of extra virgin coconut oil.  Blend thoroughly.

3 Add and essential oil of your choice, roughly 30 drops of lemongrass, peppermint etc., whatever you choose.

4 Pour into a container that you can easily access the salve. It will solidify in to a nice thick creamy mixture.

5 You're ready to use as you choose.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Beeswax Pomade

This is a popular use for beeswax.  This is a straight forward low cost recipe to make your own at home.  Also use the link below to find more DIY recipes for beeswax.

1 Decide what are you going to use it for what style.

2 Depending on what you will use it for will give you a general idea of the measurement of the ingredients.

3 If you want more hold give it more bees wax than petroleum jelly or oil.

4 First melt your bees wax in a clean pan until its a liquid, then pour into a cooling container.

5 Add oil or Vaseline so the wax doesn't go hard again.

6 Remember more oil or petroleum jelly: less hold, but more shine.

7 If you like, add some mint or some kind of nice-smelling oils to cover up the smell of the petroleum jelly.

Make it in large batches because if you're a greaser, you will use a lot.
For it to wash out, use detergent, (like for your dishes.)
I personally prefer to use corn starch and shampoo because it's better for your hair.
You are handling hot wax, be careful!.
Don't use paraffin wax or any artificial waxes instead of bees wax.
Don't melt it in a microwave, only on a hotplate or stove.
Never put pomade in your eyes or in your mouth.
Keep away from kids.
Use only cooking oils like olive or vegtable never use motor oil.
Use only natural scented oils or edible oils for your pomade.
Things you'll need

a kitchen
a pan a skillet
a stirring spoon
oven mitts
a container
 bees wax
oil or petroleum jelly
scented oils (needed if you want it to smell good)
For this and other beeswax recipes wikihow has  plenty.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Homemade Non-Petroleum Jelly

(aka DIY “Vaseline”)

1/8 cup grated beeswax (about 1 ounce)  I used beeswax pellets that I had ordered off Amazon awhile ago.
1/2 cup olive oil
Combine beeswax and oil in a small saucepan. Melt over very low heat or in the top of a double boiler.      Pour into a jar to cool.
Full directions can be found here.

Modeling Beeswax, Play Doh Alternative

Here is a natural alternative for a child's play toy or just keeping the young ones occupied.

Modeling Beeswax Recipe

4 ounces of beeswax
1 teaspoon Lanolin
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

A few minutes playing with this in the dry winter months could help with dry hands too.

Full directions can be found here

Traditional Hand Dipped Candle Making

This is quite an operation that relies on very little electricity. This is probably a very similar method of how candles were made for centuries in cities and towns.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Basic Beeswax Lotion

Basic Beeswax Lotion

Use a double boiler for even heating and mixing. 

1 c. olive oil
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. beeswax pastilles or 2 oz solid beeswax
1/2 t. Vitamin E oil (or about 5 capsules cut open and squeezed out) (optional)
20 drops (approximately) essential oil (optional)