Make your own natural moisturising bars
Use natural beeswax and coconut oil to make your own luxe moisturising bars.
Words: Janet Luke
A solid lotion bar delivers rich rewards for dry skin, dispensing just the right amount of moisture as it moves across your skin. Propolis is an optional extra and has antibacterial and antifungal benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and has been recognised since ancient times for its healing properties. Store the bars out of direct sunlight and away from heat as it will cause them to soften and compromise the essential oil. I keep the one I’m using wrapped in greaseproof baking paper.
1 cup grated organic beeswax
400ml organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon frozen, crushed propolis (optional)
10 drops of essential oil (we used rose geranium)
1. In a double boiler, gently heat the coconut oil and wax. Add the crushed propolis (this may turn the liquid a shade of orange or yellow).When all the ingredients have melted and combined, remove from heat and stir well. Allow to cool slightly, then add essential oil.
2. Pour into small silicone muffin trays and leave to cool overnight. In the morning, remove from the moulds. They are ready to use.
WHAT IS PROPOLIS?
Propolis is a gluey, resin-like substance collected by bees from trees and other botanical sources. Bees use propolis to seal cracks and sterilise the hive and to embalm intruders, such as mice, which are too big to expel. Propolis is a rich antioxidant and has antimicrobial properties. It’s an anti-inflammatory and helps stimulate healing.
The propolis in these moisturising bars is optional. Most beekeepers will be able to supply a piece of propolis if asked (it only needs to be about the size of a thumbnail) or try contacting a small-scale honey producer. Online, try searching for a retailer selling ‘propolis chunks’.
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