Beeswax is one of those fairly remarkable natural products with many uses, but did you know you could utilise its properties fairly easily at home with minimal effort or ingredients? Read on for a fairly rough and ready, but serviceable guide to making beeswax skin balm at home.
Ingredients Required To Make Beeswax Skin Balm At Home
The base of a balm like this consists of coconut oil, Shea butter and beeswax. In all cases, you need to find the purest, most organic additive free wax, butter and oil you possibly can. This is obviously so you can flaunt your all-natural balm to your friends, primarily, but also because impurities may affect the final product.
In order to give your balm a ‘smell’ or flavour you’re also going to need an essential oil or even two if you’re feeling adventurous. A good oil to use is eucalyptus or tea tree oil, which will give the balm another antiseptic skin healing agent.
Beeswax is also fairly difficult to come by, so we suggest searching for it in ‘BP grade pastilles’ – cosmetics quality stuff that can be found in specialist stores or online. Alternatively, you might also find it in health food stores in a similar form. The same goes for Shea butter – try online or health food store. Coconut oil is mercifully easy to get hold of – any good supermarket will have it.
Quantities of Ingredients
In order to get this balm correct, you’re going to have to find a ratio that works best for you. Mixing the three base ingredients together isn’t an exact science, but for the purposes of this experiment, we suggest an equal amount of all three, in a formula as below.
2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
2 tablespoons Shea butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
30+ drops Tea tree oil
To get this mixture all together, you’re going to need to use the ‘bain marie’ or ‘double boiler’ method – it’s as simple as boiling water in a small pan with a bowl placed on the top. This will let your ingredients heat up but not sizzle. To do this you get the water is boiling, set it to bubble gently (not froth and boil over), then set the bowl on top the pan
First, add the beeswax to the bowl, Shea butter and coconut oil, in similar quantities and gradually as you go, stirring gently to make sure any lumps do not form. It’s important that once you’ve added the ingredients to make sure they’re at an even consistency and properly melted before proceeding.
If the mixture is too runny, add more beeswax at this point – just to be sure, or your balm may be too easily melted at room temperature. Once you’ve decided your ‘melt’ is complete, remove the pan and bowl from the heat but leave the bowl over the warm water, then you can and add your essential oils.
The setting process is a little tricky, it needs to not be ‘forced’ and done at room temperature – so, decant into a shallow tin, like a Vaseline tin, and allow it to set, out of the sun. If successful, you should have a tin of homemade beeswax and tea tree Shea butter skin balm.
As mentioned above you may need to play around a little with the ratios but at least you’ll be well on your way to making Beeswax skin balm at home.