What to do with leftover beeswax
Sometimes you may have a little beeswax left over after you have finished burning your favourite candle. Beeswax is so precious we are often asked what can these little bits be used for.Home made cosmetics:
In a world full of chemicals, so many friends are choosing to make their own cosmetics. Deodorant, lip and hand balms are simple to make and kind on the skin.
A favourite home made cosmetic is lip balm, easy for the kids to be involved too. This is a basic recipe from a friend, but there are many online.
Lip balm recipe:
Add certified organic beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in even amounts (eg. 2 tablespoons or 30ml of each). Melt all the ingredients together in a saucepan over a pot of boiling water. Pour this mixture into little jars and let set at room temperature.
Beeswax Food Wraps.
Stop using plastic wrap by making your own food wraps. You will need to save much more beeswax for these, but 60 grams will allow you to make 5 x 30cm square wraps.
There are many recipes online for these, but we use certified organic beeswax, coconut oil and tree resin in our food wrap making kit. The oil gives the flexibility and the tree resin ensures the wrap sticks to the bowls/itself just like plastic wrap.
Leather and timber polish.
A nice way to rejuvenate your old tables or leather bags. Melt your beeswax with some grape seed oil and a tiny bit of vitamin E (this acts as a preservative) and this basic polish will serve you for years.
More ideas? Let me know and we will put them up on this blog to share.
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