While our honeybees produce many different products for us, one of the most precious is wax. If you have kept bees for very long, you have probably collected at least some of it. There are many different possible uses for bees wax, but one very common use is making lotion bars. Many people suffer from dry skin in the winter and need a moisturizer that is a little more durable and long-lasting than lotion. Here is a recipe that I have found to be a good balance between hardness (not melting) in the heat of the summer, and softness (you’re not rubbing your skin with a rock) during the colder months. You’ll need the following:
- 3oz BeesWax
- 3oz Shea Butter
- 3oz Coconut Oil
- 15 drops Vitamin-E Oil (optional)
- 12-20 drops Lavender Oil (or your favorite essential oil for aroma)
- Wide-mouth Mason Jar or Large Pyrex Measuring Cup
- Kitchen Scale (to measure out the ingredients)
- Silicone Cupcake Pan (needs to be flexible to pop out the lotion bars)
- Dish Towel or Pot Holders
- Some kind of packaging (I use parchment paper & jute twine)
Measure out 3oz each of beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil and place them all into your melting container (mason jar or pyrex measuring cup). Melting the components in the microwave. I’d recommend starting with 2 minutes and check it, then add an additional 30 seconds at a time until everything is completely melted (the wax will melt last).
Once completely melted add in 15 drops of vitamin-E oil (optional), and between 12 and 20 drops of lavender essential oil (depending on how weak or strong you want the aroma to be). You could also substitute a different essential oil if prefer another aroma. Stir the hot mixture together thoroughly.
Now carefully pour the mixture into whatever mold you have chosen (the melting container will be very hot… use a towel or pot holder). I highly recommend some kind of silicone or flexible plastic mold so that you can pop them out once they cool & harden.
Once they cool & harden, you can pop them out and package them. I use parchment paper squares along with jute twine to keep everything snug. I also add a logo sticker for branding. They make great gifts and a good add-on item to your regular honey sales.