Easy Beeswax Lotion Recipe

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Making a simple basic lotion with beeswax is really quite easy. This natural wax is a common ingredient in many health and beauty recipes. You can ensure the integrity of the ingredient list when you make your own natural beauty products. Try this beeswax lotion recipe and create your own product for soothing dry skin.

Small container of homemade beeswax lotion in a basket image.

In fact, the uses of beeswax in health and beauty products has many well-known benefits. You are sure to find many opportunities to create special homemade items.

Homemade Lotion Recipe With Beeswax

Not only is it fun, you may save money with homemade products rather than purchasing ready made commercial items. And because the cost is less, you can experiment with different recipes, fragrances etc.

You will find many DIY lotion recipes out there. It can be very overwhelming. Each one is very similar, but the exact ingredients vary just 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.


There are many different lotions recipes that include beeswax with a mixture of oils and butters. Here are the ones used for this one.

  • beeswax
  • coconut oil
  • sweet almond oil
  • shea butter
  • vitamin E oil


Beeswax holds in natural skin moisture. This is why it is such a popular ingredient in the cosmetic industry. Many commercial products contain a percentage of beeswax – even makeup. And, beeswax can be used for hair care too.

Of course no lotion recipe could contain only wax, the end product would not spread over your skin. Wax is solid at room temperature, we need to add some liquids to the mixture.

You can use clean raw beeswax (learn how to clean beeswax) or purchase ready to use blocks or pellets.

In this recipe, combing beeswax with other moisturizing oils, produces a soft, silky product that glides well. We are searching for the perfect consistency.

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Coconut Oil

I love working with coconut oil. It is liquid at warm room temperature but become a semi-solid in cool temps. In addition to helping with consistency in lotion, coconut oil is good for the skin.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil makes up the base of this homemade beeswax lotion. It is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and emollient properties. Sweet Almond oil is safe for skin use in most people. However, if you have an allergy to tree nuts – I would use Olive oil instead!

Shea Butter

Shea butter is a seed fat that comes from the shea tree. It is a great moisturizer and is used in many body care products. Considered safe for most skin types – if you have an allergy to latex – allergic reactions are possible. Consult your dermatologist before use.

Vitamin E Oil

If you love making homemade body care products, keep a bottle of vitamin e oil on hand. Adding only a few drops to recipes can prolong the freshness of the oils. It is optional but a good idea to add it.

Using Scent or Fragrance

When choosing a scent for your lotion, be sure to use skin-safe products. Many essential oils are suited for lotion recipes – check the label.

You can also buy fragrance oils that are designed for bath and beauty products if you prefer. And, of course, it is perfectly okay to use none and have an unscented lotion.

Step by Step

Step by step images showing how to melt wax, add oils and create homemade beeswax lotion.

1. Melt your measured ingredients in a small double boiler. The beeswax melts slower so I start with it first, then add the shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil. Stir to combine.

2. Remove from heat and let cool a couple of minutes before adding a few drops of vitamin E oil and fragrance oil (if desired).

3. Ready your containers. Squeeze bottles or wide rim containers work better for beeswax lotion recipes. Pour into individual containers and let cool.

4. Once the product is cool and set into a thick liquid state. It is ready.


When choosing containers for your beeswax lotion, you have many options. Plastic containers or glass jars with a wide mouth and not too deep are suitable.

The texture of your homemade beeswax lotion will be firmer than petroleum jelly but not as hard as a lotion bar.

Be advised, this mix is too thick to pump through a regular lotion bottle. It is a wonderful hand lotion for dry skin.

Store in a sealed container. Because it has no water, it will last for several months without spoiling. This is a good shelf life for a homemade lotion product.

Expert Tips for Making DIY Lotion

The defining characteristic of lotion is that it is “a light weight product that absorbs into the skin quickly”. In most cases, you make a lotion by combining water and oil with an emulsifier. The final product “rubs in” quickly.

While quick absorption is a great thing, there is a downside to homemade lotions. Products with higher water content are more likely to spoil.

But, this lotion recipe uses beeswax, and has no water. It will keep longer without spoiling than some homemade recipes. Keep that in mind when you are creating your favorite blend.


Start with a small batch for the first trial – just in case you need to tweak the recipe a bit. You don’t want a big batch of something that is not right for you.

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, Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil. A few people are even allergic to honey or hive products. How awful – but it does occur.

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.

More Ideas

There are many ways to pamper your skin with DIY beauty products. And beeswax is an important ingredient in many of them.

Take your skin care to the next level with my DIY beeswax lotion bars they are a great portable moisturizer to take along.

If the cool air of Winter has you down, you can make beeswax lip balm in a multitude of different versions and flavors.

Another simple product to keep on hand is a type of natural “vaseline”. Yes, you can make your own petroleum jelly with beeswax and a little oil.

Other options include this tutorial for honey & beeswax face moisturizing cream and for a heavier body moisturizer – beeswax body butter.


Is homemade lotion better?

Homemade lotion can be better than commercial products. This is because you can opt to use all natural ingredients and customize the lotion to have the properties and consistency you desire. You also avoid some of the dyes and artificial fragrances of commercial lotions.

How Much Beeswax Can You Use in a Lotion Recipe?

The ratio of beeswax to the other ingredients will be quite small because beeswax even though beeswax has a low melting point it is a solid.

Is making your own lotion cheap?

It can be cheaper to make your own lotion. Most lotion is near 50% water. If you choose the oils and butters carefully – you may save money with DIY lotion.

Why use beeswax in lotion?

Beeswax is a beneficial addition in lotion because it is a natural humectant. It forms a protective layer over your skin. Beeswax skin care products protect the skin and seal in moisture.

A Final Word

Learning how to make this beeswax lotion is a great way to create a natural moisture. It is a medium weight lotion and you should only need to use a small amount. It is not as heavy as my beeswax balm for cracked heels. When you make your own products – you are taking control of your skin care.

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DIY Beeswax Lotion Recipe

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Step by Step instructions for making homemade lotion using beeswax and oils.
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  • Melting beeswax and adding oils.
    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.
    Melting beeswax lotion ingredients in a double boiler image.
  • Stir in Remaining 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
    image adding essential oils to lotion recipe
  • Pour into your container.
    [This recipe makes a small jar but you can double the amounts for more. Just keep in mind that homemade lotion without extra preservatives should be used within a shorter time.]
    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.
    Cooling jars of beeswax lotion recipe image.


** There are so many different containers that can be used for lotion.  The number of finished jars will depend on the size of the container you use.
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