Bee's Wax Uses
Could you please tell me what you can use to soften pure bee's wax so
that you could use it in a lotion or a salve.
A quick serch of the data base of the listserve BEE-L brought up tow postings
that might be useful to you. Sources and cites are likely lost in cyberland.
Try these out with wisdom and caution.
Have you thought of using propolis salves? These predate the drug companies by
hundreds of years.
Beeswax is usually used as a binder in lotions and is not very often the
ingredient that makes the lotion unique. Be that as it may be, this recipe
for Moisturing Vitamin E Cream uses more wax than most and might be what
you're looking for. It is from Jeanne Rose's "Herbal Body Book."
(4 oz. olive oil, 3 Tablespn beeswax, 2 oz. Orange water, 5000 units
vitamin E, 5 drops oil of Orange flower or Orange peel
Melt the oil and the wax in the top of an enamel or glass double boiler,
remove from heat, add your Orange water, and stir thoroughly. (you can get
Orange water in the grocery store, or at health food stores or gourmet
places) Pierce 10 capsules of 500 units of vitamin E and squeeze the
contents into the cream. Add your essential oil and stir continuously until
cool. This cream is very moisturizing and emollient. It is nice for rough,
dry, or chapped complexions and should help promote healthy looking skin.)
There are far more recipes for beauty products that use honey than I have
found use beeswax, but I hope this serves.
6 oz. mineral oil (also called liquid paraffin)
2 oz. beeswax
8 oz distilled water
2 TSP borax (I don't know if that's teaspoon or tablespoon)
In a double boiler, heat oil and wax to 160 F. At the same time in
a sauce pan, heat the water to 160 F. When both reach this temperature,
add the borax to the water, stir briefly until it's dissolved.
Maintaining the temperature, pour the borax-water solution into the
beeswax-oil solution while stirring briskly.
Turn heat off and continue stirring for at least 5 minutes.
When the mixture has cooled to 140 F, pour into containers and let cool.
1/4 cup beeswax
1/4 cup almond oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon pollen
1/4 cup petroleum jelly (e.g., Vaseline)
1/4 cup glycerin
2 tablespoons liquid lecithin
Melt the beeswax and petro jelly together in a double boiler.
Add the rest of the ingredients, heat and stir for 4-5 minutes
until smooth. Pour into containers and let cool. (Hardens as
One can substitute other ingredients: use refined olive oil
instead of mineral oil or petro jelly; add lanolin (sheep body
oil, which makes a pretty good hand lotion all by itself); add
fragrant oils like lemon rind oil to make it smell nice.
I have not made any of these yet myself, but I have found that one
needs a few different bottles of handlotion, of different
consistencies, to have smooth skin. The really hard, gooey materials
like beeswax and lanolin are best as a moisture barrier when you
work with your hands or get them wet a lot. THe lighter, runnier
materials like glycerin, olive oil, and mineral oil are best for
lightly coating dry hands to condition the skin.
Some of the best ingredients for this last purpose are unpronounceable
chemicals found in commercial hand lotions.
But beeswax lotion in my opinion is one of the best for heavy-duty use.
Wax is flammable like crazy. You must be alert when heating it
so it doesn't catch fire. Use a double-boiler.
A double boiler is one pan set inside another one. The outer pan is
filled with water. The inner pan holds the wax mixture. Heat the
water in the outer pan to cook the stuff in the inside pan.
The bottom of the inside pan should not sit directly on
the bottom of the outside pan - there should be water between them.
One person says he uses a "wax pan" set inside a frying pan.
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Update: June 2012