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Beeswax Recipes


Petroleum Jelly

Taken from Elaine White's book,
"Super Formulas, Arts and Crafts"

Petroleum jelly is easy to make and it is an ingredient of many other products. Naturalists may substitute a natural oil, such as grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil for the baby or mineral oil to create an "un-petroleum jelly."

1 ounce (weight) beeswax
1/2 cup baby or mineral oil

Melt the beeswax in a microwave or a double boiler. Stir in the mineral oil. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir until cool.

Skin Cream

Taken from Elaine White's book,
"Super Formulas, Arts and Crafts"

2 1/2 ounces (weight) beeswax
4 ounces (weight) lanolin
2/3 cup baby or mineral oil
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon borax (sodium borate, CP)
Fragrant oil (optional)

Melt the oil, lanolin and beeswax to 160 degrees F. Heat the borax and water in a separate container to 160 degrees F. Be sure the beeswax is melted and the borax is dissolved. Add the water mixture to the oil mixture while stirring. When a white cream forms, stir slowly until the mixture cools to 100 degrees F. Pour the cream into small, wide-mouth jars.

Beeswax Polish

Taken from Elaine White's book,
"Super Formulas, Arts and Crafts"

Beeswax furniture polish with it's soft, satin shine is considered the ultimate in wood care. Note that there is very little difference between this formula and the formula for shoe polish.

4 ounces (weight) beeswax
2 tablespoons carnauba wax
2 1/2 cups odorless turpentine or mineral spirits

Melt the waxes on high in a microwave or in a double boiler. Remove the waxes from the heat and stir in the turpentine or mineral spirits. Apply the polish with a clean cloth and rub in small circles. Turn the cloth as it becomes dirty. Allow the polish to dry, then buff with a clean cloth. If more than one coat is desired, wait two days between applications.

Colored Lip Gloss

Taken from Elaine White's book,
"Super Formulas, Arts and Crafts"

Lipstick colors this easy formula for lip gloss. This is a good way to use lipstick that is too dark because the gloss will be a lighter color.

1 teaspoon grated beeswax
1/2 teaspoon lipstick
1/2 teaspoon petroleum jelly

Melt the ingredients in a small can placed in boiling water. Stir it well and pour it into a small jar.

Dispersing Bath Oil

Taken from Elaine White's book,
"Super Formulas, Arts and Crafts"

This is one of my favorite formulas. Why? Because most homemade bath oils simply float on bath water. My dispersing bath oil is different! It mixes with water, clings to skin and forms a thin, even coating. This oil has a long shelf life at room temperature.

1 whole egg
1/2 cup baby or mineral oil
2 teaspoons liquid soap or dishwashing liquid
1/4 cup vodka
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup whole fresh milk
Fragrant oil (optional) estimate about 1 teaspoon

Mix all ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds. Use only one or two tablespoons of this oil in a bathtub of water.

Chapped-lip Balm

Taken from Elaine White's book,
"Super Formulas, Arts and Crafts"

Simple petroleum jelly is good for chapped lips, but this formula is even better. The essential oil gently cools burning lips.

1 tablespoon grated beeswax (1/2 ounce weight)
1 tablespoon petroleum jelly
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon lanolin
3 to 4 drops essential oil

Melt the wax, lanolin and petroleum jelly in a microwave. Add the honey and essential oil. Essential oil of peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen and camphor all slightly numb painful lips. Stir the mixture until it cools.

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