Beeswax is known for its healing properties. It locks in moisture, fosters skin cell growth, and helps protect skin from damaging environmental factors. It is naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-allergenic. Basically, it’s fantastic.
When I started researching how to make beeswax lotions it turns out that it’s quite a messy process. So I was pretty excited when I found this recipe that can be mixed, melted, cooled, and stored all in the same container! I’m really am amateur when it comes to making lotions, but I think this one came out great.
Beeswax Lotion… (original recipe from A Sonoma Garden)
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Beeswax
- 1/2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil (or 5 capsules cut open and squeezed out)
- Optional: 20 drops (approx.) Essential Oil
- Note: If you want to put your lotion in a pump-bottle reduce the beeswax by a few tablespoons.
- Combine olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax into a pint sized canning jar.
- Put jar into a saucepan and fill pan with water until it comes 3/4 of the way up the canning jar (be careful not to get water into the oil mixture!)
- Put on the stove over medium/low heat
- Heat and stir occasionally until melted
- Let cool to room temperature (you can put into the refrigerator to speed up the process)
- During the cooling process, put a fork in the jar and stir vigorously every 15 minutes
- Once at room temperature, add Vitamin E and essential oil
- Spoon into jars and secure lid
- Heat on the stove just enough to melt a little (place closed jars in a pan with water)
- Remove jars from water
- Shake vigorously (this smooths out the lotion)
We often forget that “reuse” comes before “recycle”… The packaging issue.
When making my first lotion recipe I thought to myself, “I don’t want to go buy mason jars… so, what do I use?” I happen to work where there are lots of baby food jars available. So I saved them from work along with other jars around the house (peanut butter and jam jars work great) and used those as my lotion jars.
Note: To remove the label from my “reused” jars I soaked the jars in warm water with dish soap then used a straight-edge razor to scrape off the glue.