Beeswax Body Butter Recipe
Pamper your skin with this Body Butter Recipe with Beeswax! Protecting and moisturizing skin, beeswax is a popular ingredient in many skin care recipes. If fact, some of the best uses for beeswax involve health and beauty. This homemade body butter is so simple to make – you can have some to share.
Any investigation into homemade health and beauty recipes will reveal beeswax as a common ingredient.
Beeswax is easy to melt, mixes well with other ingredients and solidifies at room temperature.
What Does Beeswax do in Body Butter?
Rather than wasting this precious product we can use it for many special beeswax projects.
When used in a body butter recipe, beeswax helps maintain the consistency of the product. It is not are subject to changes in temperature as some of the semi-solid oils.
Also, by creating a light coating over the skin, beeswax aids in keeping in natural moisture.
Buying Beeswax for Your Recipe
Don’t be afraid to purchase raw beeswax from a local beekeeper. This ensures that you know the purity of the wax. And, cleaning beeswax is easier than you may think.
If you don’t have access to local wax, you can always use beeswax pellets. They have the advantage of being easier to melt and should already be free of impurities.
Difference Between Homemade Body Butter and Homemade Lotion?
Body butters and lotions are similar but not exactly the same. The difference between these 2 skin care products is in the kind of ingredients used.
Body butters are primarily fat based. They contain products such as shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, etc.
However, lotions contain a larger percentage of water in the recipe. Lotion with beeswax gives a lighter feel and is less likely to clog skin pores.
However, because lotions contain water – they are more perishable than body butters. This is why many lotion recipes call for some type of preservative to prolong the life of the product.
Tips for Making Your Own Body Butter
- Unlike making soap, the measurements for this body butter recipe do not have to be precise.
- a basic body butter recipe is 4 parts coconut oil – 2 parts shea butter and 1 part beeswax. Substitutions are great!
- use vitamin e oil if desired to prolong freshness
- Using a hand mixer to whip the ingredients results in a lighter product
- if you plan to give this to someone – be sure to include an ingredient label due to possible allergies.
How Much Beeswax to Use in Body Butter Recipe
Play around with your recipe and make a small batch at first. If the final product is too firm or hard, use less beeswax or more soft oils.
Temperatures are a factor too. You may need to add more beeswax to your body butter recipe during Summer.
How Long Will Homemade Body Butter Last?
Because no water is used in the recipe, there is little chance of spoilage. Bacteria will grow in water but not as well in the fat based body butter.
I like to add a little vitamin E to my beeswax recipes. It helps keep the other oils from going rancid.
You can purchase a bottle of vitamin E but in a pinch, I have used cut open Vitamin E capsules and squeezed out the liquid.
This is optional-and not necessary if you plan to use your butter quickly. It should last up to 3 months if stored in a cool place.
- Coconut Oil: 6 ounces net weight
- Shea Butter: 3 ounces net weight
- Beeswax: 1.5 ounces net weight
- Corn Starch: - 2 tsps (optional)
- Vitamin E oil - 6 drops (optional)
- Lavender Essential Oil - 12 drops (optional)
- Double Boiler or Equivalent
- Hand Mixer (or Electric)
- Small Jars
- Kitchen Scale (Postal Scale will work too)
- Use your scale to measure out the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil. I only create beeswax crafts using net weight - not volume. However you can measure in any way you wish.
- Using the double boiler melt the ingredients gently until all a liquid and stirred together.
- Remove the top pot from heat and let cool for a couple of minutes. Then add the Vitamin E and Essential Oil if desired - stir well.
- Place in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes. We want the mixture to begin to cool.
- Using a mixer of your choice, continuously whip the ingredients as they continue to cool and thicken.
- Once the mixture cools enough to create a peak when stirred with a spoon - it is time to spoon it into the jars or containers of your choice. Store in a cool place.
*I measure beeswax crafts in units of weight. For this project, you can measure in any way you wish - our goal is to have 1 part beeswax - 2 parts Shea Butter - 4 parts coconut oil.
*Substitute any oils you desire - I chose these for the easy availability
*If you don't have a bottle of Vitamin E for crafting - you can't cut open a few vitamin E capsules.
*The safest way to melt beeswax is always in a double boiler. Use extreme care when making any project that involves hot oils or waxes.
*A stand mixer makes creating beeswax body butter much easier. However, if you don't have one - don't let that stand in your way.
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Have Fun Making Beeswax Body Butter and other Beeswax Projects
After you experience the joy of creating your own body butter, don’t stop! Continue to find ways to use beeswax in other recipes and crafts.