7 things to make with beeswax: Deodorant, lotion, vapour rub


Beeswax is an excellent ingredient to have on hand for making natural lotions, potions, lip balms and salves.

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Words: Jane Wrigglesworth

If you are lucky enough to have access to it, or have a good stock from your own beehives, then you can use beeswax to make useful products you can use around the house.

As an ingredient in cosmetics it acts as both an emollient, soothing and softening skin, and a humectant, attracting water and helping to absorb it in the skin.

It has mild antibacterial and antimicrobial actions, and it’s also thought to be effective in healing bruises, inflammation and burns, which make it an excellent ingredient in homemade salves.It also gives a soft, satiny sheen to wooden furniture and other objects.


FURNITURE POLISH

Make a simple wood polish with just two ingredients.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp beeswax, grated
3 tbsp coconut oil

How to make:
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, or a heatproof bowl over simmering water. When melted add the coconut oil and stir until melted. Remove from heat and pour into a shallow, wide-mouthed glass jar with a lid. Apply to wood with a soft cloth, then buff with another soft cloth. Double, triple or quadruple the recipe to give as gifts.


FACE SOFTENING CONDITIONER

In a double boiler, melt one part beeswax, one part honey and one part almond oil. Use this as a deep conditioning treatment. Apply to face and neck and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.


BEESWAX SEAL 

Make your letters stand out with a beeswax seal. All you need is a wax seal stamp and beeswax. Melt some beeswax in a double boiler, then drip it onto the back of a sealed envelope. Use the stamp to leave your impression.


SIMPLE LOTION 

You can choose your favourite essential oil or oils to impart a preferred fragrance. Lavender and rose geranium oils are both excellent for treating acne, rashes, fungal infections and other skin disorders.

If you use fragrance oils instead of pure essential oils, bear in mind that these oils are synthetic and have no therapeutic value. The vitamin E oil is optional, but as an antioxidant it acts as a preservative, reducing the rate of oxidisation and providing a longer shelf life. If your skin is prone to acne, use jojoba or sunflower oil in place of sweet almond oil.

Ingredients:
1 cup sweet almond oil (or olive oil)
½ cup coconut oil
60g beeswax
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rose geranium essential oil
½ tsp vitamin E oil (optional)

How to make:
Place the sweet almond oil, coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler, or a heatproof bowl over simmering water, and heat gently until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the essential oils and vitamin E oil. Pour into a clean jar.


LOTION BAR

This is not soap but a solid moisturising lotion bar. Cocoa butter is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids and can help soothe dry skin and rashes, while beeswax adds a protective barrier to the skin to help lock in moisturiser.

Ingredients:
90g beeswax
90g sweet almond oil
60g cocoa butter

How to make:
Gently heat ingredients in a double boiler, or a heatproof bowl over simmering water, until melted. Mix well, then pour into soap moulds and allow to set. To use, rub between your hands then rub onto your skin, or rub the bar directly onto dry areas, such as elbows, heels, knees, etc.


SKIN-SOOTHING BALM 

Donna Lee from Cottage Hill Herbs says this recipe is a healing, soothing balm that is great for rough spots anywhere on the body like elbows, heels, feet and hands. It is also wonderful for babies’ bottoms and mums’ tummies.

Ingredients:
2 tsp beeswax
1 tsp cocoa butter
1 tsp shea nut butter
3 tbsp castor oil
1 tsp wheatgerm oil
Turmeric essential oil

How to make:
Melt all ingredients in a double boiler and heat until well combined. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Add 15 drops of turmeric essential oil and pour into a pot or pots.

Allow to cool and set before putting the lid/s on. This balm is rich and soothing, very safe, and gentle with a rejuvenating effect on skin. The turmeric essential oil is anti-inflammatory.


VAPOUR RUB

This rub is for adults and children aged 10 years and over. Essential oils should not be used on babies, and should be well diluted for young children, or you can use hydrosols instead.

Ingredients:
5 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp cocoa butter
1½ tbsp grated beeswax
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops peppermint
essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

How to make:
Melt coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax in double boiler. Remove from heat. Add the essential oils and mix well. Pour the mixture into a clean glass jar.


HERBAL DEODORANT STICK


This is really easy to make and can be used by both men and women. You could replace the rosewood with coriander oil for a more masculine aroma.

Ingredients:
1½ tbsp grated beeswax
1 tbsp coconut oil
½ tbsp cocoa butter
3 drops castor oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops rosewood essential oil
4 drops lemongrass essential oil

How to make:
Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter and castor oil in a double boiler. Remove from the heat, then add the essential oils. Pour into a deodorant stick container.

READ MORE

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NZ Lifestyle Block This article first appeared in NZ Lifestyle Block Magazine.
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