Beeswax is such a versatile material. My girls and I make crayons and modeling wax out of it for their creative play, candles to light our dinner table, honey-scented ornaments for our Christmas tree, wax-coated paper and other craft supplies–the uses are endless!
Because I’m always looking for a way to reduce the toxic chemicals that we keep in our home, I also like to make my own cleaning and bath supplies, and beeswax has proved itself to be just as versatile, and just as useful, in recipes that keep our house and bodies clean and happy as it is in all the other ways that we use it. Here are some of the best beeswax recipes for bath, body, and cleaning supplies that you can make yourself:
homemade beeswax wood polish: I use it on my furniture and my children’s wooden toys. It can be laced with essential oils that offer extra deodorizing, sanitizing, or pest-control attributes, or it can just be scented!
beeswax lotion bars: I am embarrassed to admit to you how recently I finally tossed that last strongly perfumed, phthalate-heavy baby lotion that I never wanted to use on my babies and yet never could stand to throw away, either, but let me tell you, these beeswax lotion bars from Crunchy Betty are so much better! I’m conservative enough in the kitchen that I DO think that weighing the ingredients is important, but hopefully I’m a little fun, too, because those novelty shapes? They thrill me!
beeswax solid perfume: I never appreciated perfume until I became that kind of over-busy stay-at-home parent who forgets to shower sometimes. I likely should not have told you that, but I did, so there you go. Regardless of whether or not I suddenly realize this fact at my girls’ 10 am kite-making class, or their 6:30 ice show practice, there’s nothing like a dab of peppermint-scented solid lotion behind the ears to perk a lady up. I love these beeswax solid perfume recipes from Making Scentz both because they offer some interesting scent options, as well as the freedom to experiment with your own, and because you can pour the perfume solution into any great little container, and when it hardens, you can have solid perfume in an Altoids tin, or a vintage cigarette case, or something else equally fabulous.
beeswax soap: This beeswax and oatmeal swirled soap from The Soap King is several levels beyond my crock pot Crisco cold-process soap tutorial, but if you’re an avid soaper, then I think that you’ll find beeswax an interesting ingredient to play with in your soaps. If you’re not a soapmaking superstar, you can check beeswax soap out for yourself by buying handmade.
beeswax wood finish: Sturdier than a polish, a natural wood finish like this beeswax and linseed oil finish from Eric’s Projects can be used with a piece of wooden furniture to give it long-lasting protection and shine.
beeswax antiseptic balm: If you’re a tea tree oil addict (*raises hand*) and/or a Neosporin addict (*guiltily raises hand*), I’m thinking that you’ll be intrigued by this recipe for beeswax antiseptic balm from Best Beekeeping. It contains tea tree oil, which I know and love, but also plenty of ingredients that I’m only beginning to experiment with, such as myrrh oil and wheat germ oil.
beeswax herbal salves: The beeswax antiseptic balm got me interested in herbal salves of all sorts, which I’m just starting to explore. For an excellent introduction or to start exploring the possibilities yourself, check out how to customize your own herbal salves from Rebecca’s Soap Deli News.
[honey and soap image via Shutterstock]