DIY Lotion With Beeswax
Beeswax is a natural wax that is used in many health and beauty recipes. In fact, skin care tops the list of common beeswax uses. Making your own natural beauty products is one way to ensure the integrity of the ingredient list. This easy to make beeswax lotion recipe is a great option for soothing dry skin.
Crafting with beeswax and other natural oils is a great way to make your own products. You may save money over purchasing ready made commercial items.
By making homemade lotions, or beeswax lip balm you can be sure that you know everything that is included in the finished product.
This is especially important when you have family members with allergies. If you have an allergy to one particular ingredient, it is easy to substitute another.
Why Use Beeswax in Lotion?
A natural humectant, beeswax forms a protective layer over your skin. Of course no recipe could contain only wax, the end product would not spread over your skin.
However, when you combine beeswax with other moisturizing oils, it becomes a beneficial component in lotion making recipes.
How Much Beeswax Can You Use in a Lotion Recipe?
When you are making homemade lotion, the ratio of beeswax compared to the other ingredients will be quite small.
This is due to the fact that although beeswax has a relatively low melting point – it is a solid. When you create your lotion recipe, if the mixture is too runny – perhaps try again with a bit more beeswax.
Finding the Best Lotion Recipe Requires Experimentation
You will find many DIY lotion recipes out there. Each one is very similar, but the exact ingredients vary a bit. Why so many variations?
Well, there are a lot of opinions on exactly how a homemade lotion should feel. A recipe that one person thinks is luxurious may feel heavy or greasy to someone else.
Plan to experiment a bit with any recipe until you get the consistency you desire. That is one of the beauties of working with these natural ingredients. They are very forgiving.
This beeswax lotion recipe helpful for extremely dry skin uses beeswax. Because this beeswax lotion recipe has no water, it will keep longer than some homemade lotion recipes.
How to Make Homemade Beeswax Lotion
Time needed: 1 hour.
Step by Step Directions for Making Homemade Beeswax Lotion
- Melt beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. This is best done in a double boiler instead of the microwave.
We want to slowly melt all the materials. The beeswax will be slowest to melt. Do not leave unattended – stir occasionally.
- Stir in the remaining liquid oils
Once the beeswax is melted, it is time to add the sweet almond oil. Again, let the oils warm for a few minutes and stir well.
Once everything is combined, remove the top pot from the double boiler set up. Now you can add the vitamin E oil and any essential oil that you wish.
Essential oils are strong. For this recipe, I use only a small amount of Lavender essential oil (approx 1/2 tsp) – you may choose a different oil.
- Pour warm mixture into jars
After a quick stir, we are ready to pour the finished product into storage containers.
If you are using plastic containers that may not be able to stand up to the heat – allow your mix to cool for a few minutes.
Storing Your Homemade Lotion
When choosing containers for your beeswax lotion, you have many options. Anything with a wide mouth and not too deep is suitable.
Once completely cooled, out product is ready to use. Be advised, this mix is too thick to pump through a regular lotion bottle.
The texture will be firmer than petroleum jelly but not as hard as a lotion bar. It is a heavy oily lotion and you should only need to use a small amount.
Store in a sealed container. Because it has no water, it will last for several months without spoiling.
Final Thoughts on Making Homemade Lotion with Beeswax
If you enjoy making your own natural products, you should consider giving beeswax lotion a try.
Be willing to experiment until you find the best “feel” for you. I recommend starting out in small batches until you find the best ingredient combination.
If you like the idea of natural beeswax lotion, you will certainly flip over this Whipped Beeswax Body Butter.