Daily Archives: September 19, 2011

How to Make an Easy Beeswax Lotion


My new e-booklet is just out:
Simple Handcrafted Body Care.
If you like this recipe, you’re going to love the booklet!

At long last I have figured out an easy beeswax lotion recipe! This has been months in the making, months to think about and months to come up with something easy and worth making over and over again. After using my original easy handmade lotion recipe for three years now and having posted it for all to see, I have received many comments on if you can make the lotion with beeswax. Well, you can, but it’s sort of tricky to do, requires a different set of instructions and I wasn’t thrilled with the result. So I started researching beeswax lotions, all the ones I found either resulted in an almost solid cream or required a dozen different ingredients. Some even called for adding borax to the mix, yuck! I wanted an easy beeswax lotion recipe. It became apparent that I’d have to invent a recipe of my own.

My requirements were, well, that it be easy, that it result in a lotion that you’d want to make again, that it would feel good on the skin and that didn’t require the oils to be mixed with water. Over the years of collecting comments on my original lotion recipe, a couple of people have commented that mixing oils with water results in a lotion with a short shelf life. While I haven’t had a problem with my lotion going bad, at least visibly, I wanted to give you a water free lotion option that was truly all natural.

It became painfully apparent that the ease of clean up after making this beeswax lotion be just as important as the final quality of the lotion. I say this because the first beeswax lotion recipe I read and tried required blending the lotion in a blender. If you’ve ever blended melted beeswax and then gone to clean it up after you’ve fed and changed the screaming baby, you know how terribly awful it is to clean up. It’s almost easier to throw out the blender and buy a new one. I couldn’t in good consciousness, advise you to blend any sort of beeswax lotion, as you’d surely be cursing my name for years to come. This lotion recipe can be mixed, melted, cooled, stirred, and stored all in the same container. Very convenient!

The final lotion consistency is lovely. It’s smooth and has just the right thickness. I keep the jar on my countertop and scoop it out with my fingers, however if you reduce the amount of beeswax by a few tablespoons it will loosen the lotion enough to put into a pump bottle. If you’ve made my other lotion recipe before, you’ll notice that this beeswax lotion is slightly oiler on the skin, but that is to be expected since all the ingredients are either oil or wax. It’s so good for your skin though and the oil dissipates quickly. I even have been using this as a morning facial moisturizer with good results.

Because there isn’t any water in this recipe, it should hold up for quite some time, but for added measure I mixed in some Vitamin E drops for an added preservative. You can get creative with the oil too. Instead of olive oil, try jojoba oil, or almond oil or grape seed oil. Or try a mixture of oils. Coconut oil is so good for the skin. And I used the pastilles version of beeswax as it melts faster.
Homemade Beeswax Lotion
I think you are going to love this lotion, but let me know what you think, honestly. I’d love to hear of your results.

How to Make an Easy Beeswax Lotion

1 c. olive oil
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. beeswax (I prefer the pastilles for easy melting, if using solid beeswax use 2 oz.)
1/2 t. Vitamin E oil (or about 5 capsules cut open and squeezed out) (optional)
20 drops (approximately) essential oil (optional)
Homemade Beeswax Lotion
Homemade Beeswax Lotion
Combine olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax pastilles into a pint sized canning jar. Put this jar into a saucepan and fill the saucepan with water until it comes 3/4 of the way up the canning jar, being careful not to get water into the oil mixture. Put on the stove over medium/low heat. Heat and stir occasionally until melted. Let cool to room temperature either by leaving out or quicken the process by putting into the refrigerator. During the cooling process, put a fork into the jar and stir vigorously every 15 minutes or so. Once at room temperature, add in the Vitamin E and essential oil. That’s it. You have lotion!
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