Word around the family is that I used to make lotions and potions. True. I dug out my old herbal books and scoured the Internet and found this delightful recipe from Sonoma Garden. I even had some coconut oil and beeswax in my stash of goods. Guess what? Beeswax has an incredibly long shelf life (25 years.) So here is one of my first tries in this decade and it was so easy and so delectable. Can I say that about something you don’t eat? This is a thick body butter that feels oily when you first put it on your skin, but it quickly smooths into a nice fragrant softness. It is yummy.
All the ingredients are natural, no mineral oil or emulsifying wax. I have already made a second batch with my daughter-in-law. One of the best things about this recipe is you make it right in the jar — no mess. And it is quick.
I used the light olive oil; it has a lighter smell and color than extra virgin olive oil. But of course, you can use whatever olive oil you like. I have also made it with a high grade Extra Virgin Olive Oil. If you love the smell of beeswax (which I do), don’t add essential oils for scent. I have made several batches — some scented some not. But I love them all. Here is one of the recipes. I’ve concocted quite a few now.
By the way, some coconut oils are stronger in coconut scent — so if you don’t like the coconut smell, choose one that is filtered (no coconut smell) or go with my other recipe that does not have coconut oil in it.
If you want one with shea, I recommend my beeswax body butter with shea butter. It’s one of my favorites.
Homemade Beeswax Body Butter
Things you need:
1. Put all three ingredients in the glass mason jar: the olive oil, coconut oil (pack it in a measuring cup or heat it over the stove or place the jar in some warm water until the coconut oil becomes liquid, or microwave it for about 30 sec. if it is in a glass container) and beeswax.
3. Turn the stove on low/medium, stir occasionally, until the beeswax is melted.
4. Remove from heat and let it cool. Add the rose essential oil. You can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the process, but if you forget it, you will have to re-melt it. I find that I can leave it on the counter. Stir every 15 minutes with a fork. It begins to solidify as it cools. You can also put the lid on it after it has cooled a bit and then shake it instead of stirring (although this gets a layer of cream on the lid — but sometimes I find this easier than the fork method.) I have also just let it cool without stirring and that works.
5. That’s it! You have a beeswax body butter or beeswax hand cream, whatever you want to call it.
Other Homemade Lotions and Potions: