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)