Happy Friday!! I think this could possibly bee the last bee-themed post for a while. At least, for this week anyway. :)
I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with all the leftover honey comb from the bee hive we moved, but I knew I’d figure something out. I figured that I would figure out how to melt the wax down, and then figure out something to do with it. And so I got the beeswax melted down and processed at home, but then I had a 8-inch square of beeswax to do something with.
As the title of this post so subtly hints at, I came to the conclusion that I would make coconut and beeswax body butter. Mainly because 1) it sounded easy, and 2) I already had coconut oil.
Also, yet another score for hoarding: I just so happened to have two mini Altoids tins rolling around in the bottom of my purse, simply waiting for just such an occasion.
Homemade Coconut and Beeswax Body Butter
– 1 tablespoon grated or shaved beeswax, packed tightly
– 2 tablespoons coconut oil
– 5 drops of Vitamin E oil
Measure the ingredients and place into a glass measuring cup. Microwave at 20 second intervals until just melted. Stir everything until it’s completely melted and incorporated. Pour immediately into some sort of
hoarded repurposed container and allow to cool.
This makes a little more than two mini Altoid tins worth of body butter. I left the rest in the measuring cup just to use it up first. It is amazing on your skin!
I was pretty excited about how this first test turned out! It’s solid, but warms up easily with your touch and spreads smoothly. I may play around with more of a cream recipe soon. Any words of wisdom from anyone who has done this before?
I just have this one block of beeswax, so I am not going to be making much of this stuff, so small batch recipes are what I’m looking for. I’ll mainly leave making beeswax products to my local professional at Nunya Beeswax. :) But it’s fun to try it out myself! If you’re interested in trying out your own body butter or other creations, you can buy bricks of beeswax at our very own local beekeeping store: The Bee House, on Highway 12 near Lake Mystic in Bristol, Florida (in the old Lake Mystic Grocery, if you’re local). It’s where I’ve gotten all my beekeeping supplies thus far. Pay them a visit if you’re a local beekeeper or just want to purchase some honey, honey soap, or beeswax!
What else do you use beeswax for?