“Be my little baby bumble bee (Buzz around. Buzz around. Keep a-buzzin’ ’round.” (<–name that song)
It’s heeeere! My mammoth post about beeswax is finally here. I can tell you’re all buzzing with excitement. (<–don’t hate)
Alrighty! I’m so excited. Let’s start with supplies. I broke this down into four sections, ranging from easiest to . . . not easiest. Not that any of this is even hard! But it’s just more detailed. More steps. More luxurious awesomeness.
This is what you’ll need:
- beeswax (you can by them in sheets, pellets, bars – all on Amazon!)
- carrier oils – sweet almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e oil
- essential oils – lavender, peppermint, rosewater, frankincense, grapefruit, eucalyptus
- vanilla extract
- shea butter
- coconut oil
- distilled water
- mason jars
- perfume holders – like slide lip balm containers or an old pill box
1) Beeswax Stick Candles:
These candles are by far the easiest you’ll ever make in the history of your life here on earth. You buy the sheets in a box. They come with a loooong strand of wick. You’ll cut each long beeswax sheet in half. You measure and cut the wick to fit each sheet, leaving a little extra dangling out to burn. You might think the sheet will break easily, but once you get them in your hands, you’ll see how pliable they actually are.
Gently yet tightly wrap the end of the beeswax sheet around the wick, and keep rolling rolling rolling, until it’s a dang candle. Takes like 15 seconds. Make sure you keep the rolling even, so your candle isn’t wonky and twisted.
You’ll trim the wicks and boom – done.
I like to put mine in little leftover mousse jars from this French bakery down the street. Anchor it with rice to keep it in place. GAWGEOUS.
Plus – this mustard color is so easy on the eyes. It goes with anything.
They burn fast, so make a ton!
2) Beeswax Solid Perfume:
Okay, I have to tell you about this book I was recently recommended and bought. It’s called The Green Beauty Guide, and it is changing my life. It’s all about how to pay attention to all of these horrible added ingredients in our beauty products. AND how to make your own. It’s incredible. Overwhelming, but incredible. This solid perfume is a version of what’s in the book! I changed the carrier oil and my scents, but the measurements are the same.
You’ll take an ounce of beeswax (the bar works best here) and melt it with 2 Tbs. sweet almond oil. (Jojoba works here as well.) When I say melt, I mean in a heat-safe glass bowl over simmering water. I’m basically mimicking a double boiler.
Melt the wax and oil until the wax is completely dissolved, then take it off the heat. Add 10 drops peppermint essential oil, 10 drops rosewater oil, and 10 drops lavender essential oil. Also add 2 tiny drops of vanilla extract. Stir until combined.
Then you’ll spoon the hot substance into little slide lip balm containers, an old pillbox, anything you want to use as your perfume holder! Cute, right?
Ignore that one janky pour right up there in the middle. ^^ This will harden pretty immediately, and you’re ready to use! Just rub rub rub, dab dab dab.
- My tip for next time: when it said solid, it meant SOLID. I think in my next go around I’ll use half an ounce of beeswax, and one more Tbs. of oil, just to make it slightly softer. If you try this, let me know how it turns out! Smells soooo good. Subtle! But super pleasant. And you can obviously switch out the scented essential oils for the ones you dig. (say “scented essential” three times fast)
3) Grapefruit Eucalyptus Body Butter:
This has been my FAVORITE recipe/project since early January. There is nothing – nothing like a homemade body butter. My girl gave me a Rosemary Citrus butter for Christmas (along with a basic rundown of the recipe). But since then I’ve been tweaking and playing, and I cannot get enough of how soft and silky and luxurious this butter feels. TRUST MEH.
In your heat-safe glass bowl over simmering water, you’ll melt 3/4 cup of shea butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1 Tbs. beeswax pellets. Keep stirring and get it all good and melted together. Take it off the heat and pour it into little mason jars. (I used half-pint jars) Add 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and 20 drops eucalyptus oil. Gently stir, and put the lid on. Let it sit over night, until it’s cooled and solidified. It won’t be solid like the perfume! But a creamy, smooth, buttery goodness that you’ll want to forever live in.
Other versions I’ve made: peppermint and cedarwood (omg), lavender and patchouli (holy cow) and then this one (dear Lord). It’s so wonderful and perfect and I can’t talk about it a second longer or else I’ll bawl.
4) Insane Face Cream:
I MADE A FACE CREAM. A whipped, glorious, real-deal facial moisturizer and I am all but losing my mind.
I researched this one like crazy. There are 20347823425324 kazillion recipes and versions of how to make a DIY cream. And it’s like, everything was so different yet so similar. It gave me gas. So, I combined ideas from a handful, and created my own freaking face cream recipe. And it’s simple! And actually works!
You’ll take 1/2 cup of avocado oil + 2 Tbs. vitamin E oil + 1/4 cup shea butter + about 1/2 Tbs. beeswax pellets. Melt all of this together in your little glass bowl over simmering water. Once it’s all melted, take it off the heat and add 20 drops Frankincense essential oil. (I chose Frank because he’s ridiculously good for your skin, but any skin-loving essential oil will work!)
Now, this is where we take things up a notch. Start blending the hot oil with a hand mixer, until you see little bubbles start to form. Be patient, because this takes a good 5 or 6 minutes. THEN, stick the bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes.
After 15, grab the bowl and start mixing again. It will quickly become creamy, but not exactly whipped. And we want whipped. We want to whip it real good.
Add 1/2 Tbs. distilled water and mix for a few more minutes. Then, stick the bowl BACK in the freezer for five more minutes. After five, you’ll notice a huge difference. Stick the mixer back in and whip that baby up. You may even get teary. It happens.
And it’s done! You’ll simply transfer the cream into little amber glass jars, mason jars, whatever you dig. (use glass though – plastic makes me skeevy)
This recipe makes about a cup and a half, so store any leftovers in the fridge until you’ve run out of your first batch.
I still can’t believe HOW GOOD it feels on my face. Totally creamy, yet has a slight glossy after-tone. And it’s all healthy, real, natural ingredients, that you can feel good about. (<–in my worst announcer voice)
And there we have it! Candles, a solid perfume, body butters o’ glory, and a face cream that will have you seeing the THIRD DIMENSION. I really do hope you make one or all of these recipes! And you have to come back to tell me how they turned out, duh.
Okay, it’s your turn. If you have any beeswax recipes, whether it be beauty, household, whatevs, hook it up! Because obviously I need yet another obsession.
“Bring home all the honey, love, to me (Little bee, little bee, little bee)” (<–name that song)
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