Beeswax is a byproduct of honey production. It makes wonderful lip balms, hand lotions, hand creams, moisturizers, in cosmetics, wood finishes, waxes, leather polishes; waterproofing products, and dental molds.
It is impervious to water and unaffected by mildew. It has a melting point of 143 to 148 degrees F. and should only be heated using a double boiler as it is flammable when subjected to fire and flames. It is pliable at 100 degrees F.
Beeswax is produced by the (female) worker honeybees. The wax is secreted from wax glands on the underside of the bee's abdomen and is molded into six-sided cells which are filled with honey, then capped with more wax. When honey is harvested, the top layer of wax that covers the cells, the cappings, must be removed from each hexagon-shaped cell.
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4 oz. sweet almond oil
1 oz. beeswax
2 oz. water
10 drops Vitamin E oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
1. Melt the oil and the wax in a double boiler, Remove from heat, add water, and stir thoroughly.
2. Add your Vitamin E, essential oil and stir continuously until cool. This cream is very moisturizing and emollient.It is nice for rough, dry, or chapped complexions and should help promote healthy looking skin.
3. After you have added the essential oil and the cream is still warm enough to pour, carefully pour it into Metal Tins.
2 tablespoons beeswax
2 teaspoons distilled water
4 oz. cocoa butter
4 tablespoons sweet almond
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1. Melt the beeswax over low heat with the water.
2. Spoon in cocoa butter and blend. Gradually blend in oils.
3. Pour into glass jar.
The lotion will thicken as it cools.
This makes a great Vaseline type jelly.
1 ounce (weight) beeswax
1/2 cup baby oil
1. Melt the beeswax in a microwave or a double boiler.
2. Stir in the baby oil.
3. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir until cool.
2 1/2 ounces (weight) beeswax
4 ounces (weight) lanolin
2/3 cup baby or mineral oil
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon borax (sodium borate, CP)
Fragrant oil (optional)
1. Melt the oil, lanolin and beeswax to 160 degrees F. Heat the borax and water in a separate container to 160 degrees F. Be sure the beeswax is melted and the borax is dissolved.
2. Add the water mixture to the oil mixture while stirring.
3. When a white cream forms, stir slowly until the mixture cools to 100 degrees F. Pour the cream into small, wide-mouth jars.
This is a great recipe that does not spoil easily without the aid of refrigeration. It makes about 2 cups of lotion.
1 cup of Aloe Vera gel
1 teaspoon of lanolin 1 teaspoon of pure vitamin E oil
1/3 cup of coconut oil
1/2 ounce of beeswax
3/4 cup of almond oil
Up to 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of essential oil of your choice or more to prolong scent
1. Place Aloe Vera gel, lanolin and vitamin E oil in a blender or food processor.
2. Place coconut oil and beeswax in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup, microwave on high for 30 second and stir. Repeat in ten second blocks until fully melted.Stir in almond oil, reheating if necessary.
3. Run blender at low to medium speed, then pour in melted oils in a thin stream. As the oils is blended in the cream will turn white and the blender's motor will begin to grind.
4. As soon as you have a mayonnaise-like consistency, stop motor, add essential oils and pulse blend. do not over blend Transfer cream to glass jars while still warm because it thickens quickly.
This recipe was found in the Winter 97 issue of Handcraft Illustrated Magazine. The article was written by Amy Jenner
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Bees use their wax to "glue" together the wooden frames in their hive, and that must be scraped off so the frames can be separated. The beeswax, which contains some honey, bee parts, and other impurities, must be melted and filtered or strained.
Most beeswax is gold or yellow but can also be in shades of orange, brown, etc. The color of the wax is in most part determined by the type of plants the bees collect nectar from. Beeswax has a light fragrance of honey, flower nectar and pollen.
Beeswax makes superior, slow burning candles. Beeswax burns more beautifully than any other wax. It exudes a faint, natural fragrance of honey and pollen. When candles are made with the proper size of wicking, they are smokeless, dripless, and burn with a bright flame.
If you wonder why beeswax is so expensive, consider this: It has been estimated that bees must fly 150,000 miles to produce one pound of wax. Bees must eat about six pounds of honey to secrete a pound of wax. For every 100 pounds of honey a beekeeper harvests, only one to two pounds of beeswax are produced.
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Good list for a beekeeper. Wax is also mixed into oil paint b y some professionals to give paintings a glossy look.
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