Sunday, January 11, 2015

Beeswax Lotion

I've been reading a lot about uses for beeswax. I ended up making some beeswax lotion.
Here's the recipe I used:
6 oz beeswax
6 oz coconut oil
8 oz grape seed oil
2 oz sunflower oil
6 oz steeped caster oil*

*I packed a pint jar full of borage (flowers, leaves, seeds) and topped it up with caster oil. I left this sit/steep for just over a year.
I melted the beeswax in a double boiler.

After the beeswax was melted I added the coconut oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but melts a lot easier than beeswax. Then added the other oils (all liquid). I poured this into jars and then quickly added vitamin E by piercing gel caps and dripping the vitamin E oil into the prefilled jars. I used 2 pills per 8 oz jar.
To each jar I added the following essential oils. I did this while the mix was still liquid.

2 drops lemon grass oil
1 drop tea tree oil
1 drop tangerine oil

Here is what they looked like:

They ended up a little too firm, so its really salve or a jared lotion bar.
Maybe I'll cut back on the beeswax by about 2 oz next time. Also these are very lemony. I think one drop of lemon grass oil in each would have been plenty.

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