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The Many Uses of Beeswax - Homemade Hand Cream, Lotion and Lip Balm Recipes

Updated on June 10, 2015
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Beeswax comes from the honeycombs of honey bees.The honey bees produce beeswax in their hives to build their honeycombs. These honeycombs are where the bees store their honey and pollens. Baby bees are also raised in these honeycombs. The beeswax is mainly made up of fatty acids produced by the worker bees. Freshly produced beeswax is almost white in colour but it changes to a yellowish or brownish colour when mixed with pollens and honey in the honeycomb.

The beeswax is usually extracted when the beekeepers collect the honey from the honeycomb cells. Beeswax uses for skin care products are popular. The beeswax are also used in the production of cosmetics, food, candle wax, polishes and lubricants.

You can buy beeswax online on eBay or from Amazon if you want to make your own skin care products with beeswax at home. Making your own skin care products is also much cheaper than buying from the stores. One kilogram of beeswax can be used to make dozens of tubs of lip balm and hand cream at home. You can now make your own lip balm, lotion, hand cream, moisturiser, and the only problem is which handmade product to make!

Beeswax | Source

Natural Products

Most commercial hand cream products contain substances that can cause serious allergic reactions for people with sensitive skin. If you are having trouble finding the right type of moisturising cream for your hands, you can make your own hand cream with beeswax and other natural products that are gentle on your skin.

Homemade lip balm
Homemade lip balm | Source

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

This is a basic recipe for making lip balm.

You will need 2½ teaspoons of grated beeswax, 7 teaspoons of sweet almond oil, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 capsule of vitamin E powder and 5 drops of essential oil of your favourite fragrance. You can also use other oils like olive oil, macadamia oil and avocado oils.

Heat the sweet almond oil, honey and beeswax in a double boiler. Stir gently until the beeswax is completely melted and turn to liquid. Remove from heat and add in the essential oil and vitamin E powder.

Mix well and quickly pour into lip balm containers or tubes. Leave them to cool to room temperature before putting the lid on the containers.

Honeycomb with honey
Honeycomb with honey | Source

Beeswax Rose Hand Cream Recipe

Here is a recipe for homemade hand cream anyone can make at home using natural ingredients.

You will need to use 1 cup of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of beeswax, 10 drops of rose essential oil and pink food colour (optional).

Heat the olive oil and beeswax in a double boiler. Stir until the beeswax is completely melted and turn to liquid. Remove from heat and add in the rose essential oil and food colour, if desired.

Mix well and quickly pour into a container. Leave it to cool to room temperature before putting the lid on the container.

This homemade hand cream stores well because olive oil has a stable shelf life.

You can also substitute the rose essential oil with other favourite essential oils like lavender, vanilla, lemon, etc.

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      Rose 2 years ago

      I made a moisturiser its quite soothing!

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      lady rain 2 years ago from Australia

      pstraubie48, I hope you'll get to make your own beeswax products soon. Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      I am so glad to know this. I use beeswax products but never even considered making my own. I am definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for the heads up.

      Have a lovely day.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      elske 4 years ago

      Good idea!

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      elske, if you have plenty of beeswax leftover, try making the lip balm, too. I usually make about a dozen small containers of lip balm, they always come in handy whenever someone in the family needs a lip balm!

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      elske 4 years ago

      I ordered some beeswax earlier today and will definitely try your beeswax rose handcream recipe, sounds great!