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Homemade Beeswax Body Butter Recipe
Making your own bath and beauty projects can be a lot of fun. Though it may look difficult creating homemade skin care products is rather easier. One of the most popular ingredients in DIY products is beeswax. It is valued because it is protecting and moisturizing for your skin. At a fraction of the cost of commercial products, this homemade body butter with beeswax recipe is so simple to make – you can have some to share too.
Any investigation into homemade health and beauty recipes will reveal beeswax as a common ingredient. This is due to the beneficial properties of this natural wax but also because it is so easy to work with.
Beeswax is easy to melt, mixes well with other ingredients and solidifies at room temperature. Which a relatively low melting point, it does not require any special equipment and store indefinitely.
Though the initial cost of buying natural wax may seem a bit steep – you never have to worry about it spoiling. It will be ready when you are ready to create something special.
What Does Beeswax do in Body Butter?
How do we get beeswax from the bees? When the beekeeper collects a honey harvest excess some wax is left over after honey extraction. Rather than wasting this precious product we can use it for many special beeswax projects.
When used in a recipe that needs to be thicker, beeswax helps maintain the consistency of the product. We are trying to create a perfect blend of soft and hard materials. The end product is then not as subject to changes in temperature.
Another benefit of using the wax from honey bees is that it creates a light coating over the skin, and aids in keeping in natural moisture.
Buying Beeswax for Your Recipe
Don’t be afraid to purchase raw wax 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 main difference between these 2 skin care products is in the kind of ingredients used.
Butters are primarily fat based and feel a bit heavier or more luxurious. They contain products such as shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, etc.
However, lotions contain a larger percentage of water in the recipe. Meant to be a lightweight skin protector is moisturizes in a different way. Making Lotion with beeswax instead of some other waxes gives a lighter feel and is less likely to clog skin pores.
However, because lotions contain water – they are more perishable than butters. This is why many lotion recipes call for some type of preservative to prolong the shelf life of the product.
Tips for Making Your Own Body Butter
- Unlike making soap, the measurements for this recipe do not have to be precise.
- a basic 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 and a longer shelf life
- 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 Your Recipe
Though it may seems frustrating, a recipe such as this with a lot of flexibility is really a good thing. 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. It may require making several small batches before you get the exact feel that you prefer. Everyone is different and what one person thinks too hard – another may feel is just the right amount of firmness.
Temperatures are a factor too. You may need to add more beeswax to your body butter recipe during Summer. Even though beeswax doesn,t melt until it reaches a temp of around 147°F, it does soften at high temps.
How Long Will Homemade Body Butter Last?
The shelf life of whipped body butter is pretty good. Your product should last about 3 months if kept in a cool place.
I like to add a little vitamin E to my homemade skin care recipes. It helps keep the other oils from going rancid but this is optional. Because no water is used in the recipe, there is little chance of spoilage.
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.
- 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 Natural Projects
After you experience the joy of creating your own body butter, don’t stop! Continue to find ways to use beeswax in other projects and crafts.