I researched beeswax products and stumbled upon an article by Jodi Helmer about Marilyn Schendel in the Spring 2017 edition of Tractor Supply’s Out Here magazine. In the article, Ms. Schendel kindly shared her recipe for beeswax lotion bars. You can check out her website at ritualwaters.com.
Her recipe is super easy to follow and only has four ingredients. You can make them quickly, and they make great gifts. So, here is how to make beeswax lotion bars.
You Will Need
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8 oz. Cocoa Butter – I used 100% raw cocoa butter. It smells heavenly. Kind of chocolate-y smell. It melts really easily, too.
8 oz. Fractionated Coconut Oil – There are several varieties of this oil on Amazon. This is one of many, but it looked the most “natural” to me.
2 tsp. Essential Oil – I used Young Living’s Lavender Essential Oil, but there are many other essential oils available. The reason I chose Lavender is summer was approaching at the time I made these bars and I knew how sunburns find my family easily. (Side note – my son got cooked one afternoon at the pool and I applied this finished product to him. He didn’t even blister. This is not medical advice by any means, rather my own personal experience.) I would just make sure you use an oil that is considered “therapeutic grade” or “cosmetic grade”.
8 oz. Beeswax – This is where it gets tricky. The only way you can know for sure that you have pure beeswax is to get it from a beekeeper. However, I know not everyone has a beekeeper on speed dial. Therefore, I did some research on Amazon, and this link appears to be the real deal. Do a little research, though, before you buy from Amazon. See if you can find a local beekeeper to help you out. Do a Google search for your local or state’s Beekeepers Association to see if you can find the names of beekeepers in your area. You can also post a comment below and I’ll see if I can help you find a beekeeper in your area.
Plastic or Silicone Molds – I chose these cute flower molds. They are really deep and make big lotion bars, but I thought that they fit with the beekeeping theme, being flowers and all. You could easily use smaller molds and have a higher yield of your product. If you order these, don’t let the flimsy silicone fool you, these are very sturdy, and handle the high temperature of the mixture well. The flexibility of the silicone comes in very handy after your bars have dried and you are ready to release them from the mold. See my picture below for an example of how they easily come out of these molds.
Digital Scales – These have a handy bowl with a pour spout on it.
Glass Measuring Cup – This comes in handy when melting everything in the microwave.
Thermometer – Don’t over-think it. Just a regular old food thermometer will do.
Latex gloves – You are making something that you or another person is going to apply to their body. You know the old saying – cleanliness is next to Godliness – so keep it clean and use the gloves.
Mix It UP
Using your digital scales, measure out the Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and Beeswax. Place all into the glass measuring cup and place in the microwave. Heat in one minute increments until fully melted. (I stirred between each minute to help out with the melting process.) Marilyn says to allow the mixture to cool to 140 degrees, which you can measure with your thermometer.
Once fully melted and cooled to 140 degrees, add the essential oil of your choice and mix well.
Pour mixture into the molds. Let them set overnight. You don’t want to try and release them too early and mess up all of your hard work.
The Finished Product
So that is how to make beeswax lotion bars! Aren’t these pretty? And they feel SO good on my skin. At first, it feels a bit on the greasy side, but it soaked right in to my dry skin in a matter of minutes. Also, I recently burned my finger on my hive smoker. I applied this lotion bar to my burn, and it healed up quickly!
If you try this beeswax lotion bar recipe, take a picture and send it to me! Post your picture to Instagram and hashtag #SheFarmsBama!
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