Making a simple basic lotion with beeswax is really quite easy. This natural wax is a common ingredient in many health and beauty recipes. Making your own natural beauty products is one way to ensure the integrity of the ingredient list. Try this beeswax lotion recipe and create your own product for soothing dry skin.
Homemade Lotion Recipe With Beeswax
If you enjoy making your own products, you may save money over purchasing ready made commercial items. And because the cost is less, you can experiment with different recipes, fragrances etc.
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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.
Of course there are many ways to pamper your skin with beauty products. Lotion, lotion bars or even beeswax lip balm can be made right their in your kitchen.
Finding the Best Lotion Recipe
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.
The defining characteristic of lotion is that it is a light weight product that absorbs into the skin quickly. This is because lotion generally has a higher water content than other moisturizers.
But, this lotion recipe uses beeswax, and has no water. It will keep longer without spoiling than some homemade recipes.
Why Use Beeswax in Lotion?
Beeswax is a beneficial ingredient in lotion because it is a natural humectant. It forms a protective layer over your skin. Of course no recipe could contain only wax, the end product would not spread over your skin.
In our recipe, combing beeswax with other moisturizing oils, produces a soft, silky product that glides well.
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. Experiment to find the viscosity that you prefer. If your lotion is too runny – try again with a bit more beeswax-and of course less wax should be used if the end product is to hard.
Best Oils for DIY Lotions
In this recipe, we are using a combination of coconut and sweet almond oil. However, you can substitute other oils for either of these if you wish. Common oils used include: Avocado Oil, Sunflower Oil and Olive Oil.
How to Make 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 or boiler insert 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. Read the manufactures instructions for the amounts that are safe to use for skin products.
For this recipe, I use only a small amount of Lavender essential oil (approx 1/2 tsp) – you may choose a different oil. In general these are often used in skin care: Lavender, rose, frankincense, geranium, tea tree, ylang-ylang, and patchouli
- 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. After cooling for an hour or so – your beeswax lotion is finished.
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, our 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.