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Homemade Beeswax Body Butter

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

1 cup extra light olive oil or extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup coconut oil    (can be purchased on Amazon)
1/2 cup  beeswax pastilles     (find it on Amazon) or (here)
20 drops of your favorite essential oil — rose,     lavendar,   lemon, whatever you like or want to try. Or you can leave it unscented — which is nice too. Rose essential oil has become very expensive these days! I can’t afford it anymore. Lavendar is still within my price range.


Things you need:

Spoon or fork

beeswax body butter

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.


 All ingredients in the mason jar and placed in a pan of water over the stove:
2.  Place the jar in a pan of water with the water level at about 3/4 of the jar.

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:

Homemade Beeswax Body Butter with Shea

Beeswax baby cream


Homemade Beeswax Body Butter (no coconut oil) Recipe:

Homemade beeswax body butter (no coconut oil)


Homemade baking soda and coconut oil deodorant recipe 

make your own deodorant with coconut oil

Anti-fungal cream recipe

Homemade anti-fungal cream

Beeswax Butter Body Bar:

beeswax butter body bar

Whipped Body Butter made with cocoa butter, almond oil, and coconut oil:

whip body butter

  • Julie

    Oooh, looks decadent–would be fun to try.

  • lese

    Thanks for posting this. I have been reading A Sonoma Garden too! Hope all is well!

  • lese

    By they way Lese is Zanna.

  • MDBS

    I love it and I shared it on my FB!

  • Anonymous

    oooh! i can’t wait to try this! one question though – is there anything i could replace the coconut oil with? i don’t really like the smell of coconut…

    • Deila Taylor

      you can make it without the coconut oil, in fact you can use olive oil and beeswax only. It’s funny, but the coconut oil does not have much of a coconut smell. You would be surprised. When you add a fragrance such as rose oil, it only smells like roses!

    • Anonymous

      great – thank you! :-)

  • mamabird26

    I made this tonight! It was super easy! I used grapeseed oil instead of olive oil and also filled up an empty burts bees tube before I added lavender oil to the batch. It turned out great! Thank you for the recipe <3

    • Deila Taylor

      Oh, I love grapeseed oil, I bet the lavendar smells great.

  • Amberger

    How is this compared to the old formula for the burts bees honey and shea body butter?? I have very “weird” skin and it was the only thing that worked until they sold out to a big company and changed everthing. Grrrrrr Thanks

    • Deila Taylor

      I never used the Burts, but we have skin issues in our house. I have another recipe with shea butter and avocado oil that we use around here for eczema.
      You can add shea to this recipe and give it a try — shea has a stronger smell and is thicker to begin with than oils, but you can sure add about 2 Tablespoons to this recipe and see how you like it. Its very easy mixing it in the mason jar in the hot water over the stove. good luck!

    • Amberger

      Oh thank you. I like thicker butters and the beeswax seems to seal in the shea butter. In my opinion. I will try and let you know.

    • Deila Taylor

      Great — give it a try and tell me how it turns out. For thicker, just back down on the amount of oil. I have mixed some up, found it too thin, and remelted it in the jar, added more beeswax, and let it cool. It’s easy to go back and forth until you get the right consistency.

  • ldf

    amazing recipe. thank-you. it absorbs wonderfully.

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  • Verena Raguse

    Nice job…but does it stay soft? So you can use it as a lotion for a longer time? In fact that you used no water I wonder if it doesn’t harden again and can’t be applied

    • deila

      You can adjust this hardness by the amount of beeswax to olive oil. If you want it softer, add a little more oil. Just melt it down again, add a few tablespoons of oil and let it thicken. You do this any number of times to get what you like.

      During the winter, with colder rooms, the body butter is firmer (sort of like real butter). When the climate is warmer, it is softer. Also, if melts quickly on your skin depending on your body temp.

      I hope that helps — let me know

    • deila

      It stays soft, and it really depends on the temp of the room where you keep it — or the time of year. Summer months, my bathroom is warmer and then it is softer. But it melts on your skin easily. During the winter here it is often about 63 degrees in my room, and it is still soft enough.

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    Best swamp-ass creme ever. Thanks.

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  • Peggy Trent

    Can you use grape seed oil instead of olive oil.

    • deila

      I am sure you can — I have used almond oil and walnut oil, so give it a try and let me know how you like it.

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  • Jaimie

    What is the shelf life of this butter?

    • deila

      I have had no problems with it even after 2 yrs. I keep it open on my counter. As long as your hands are clean it should be like any of the oils. Beeswax lasts indefinitely.

  • crosswind

    Thank you for sharing! I plan to make a body butter/ salve for my neighbor who currently has a Hives flare up during Christmas. I will stay away from Shea butter for this, since some people seem to get allergic reatcions to Shea (Latex allergy or Nut reasons). I seem to like Cocoa & Beeswax combos anyway. I found a list of essential oils i can add that help soothe hives. I love making homemade body butters :)

    • deila

      I tried a whip cocoa butter recipe (no beeswax because I didn’t want to have the wax cleanup) It has good consistency, seemed like it hardened up too much, but the more it sat — the easier it became to scoop out. I will have to try the beeswax and cocoa butter without whipping it up!

  • Tori

    I made this today in 4 ounce jelly jars. I was looking for a more lotion consistency in a body butter and I didn’t want to have to whip it and worry about it melting. This turned out exactly like I wanted. Thicker than a lotion, but still really spreadable and easy to get out of the container. I did one jar with this exact recipe, one jar with shea butter, almond oil, jojoba, and grapeseed, and one jar with mango butter, coconut, argan, and jojoba. Also added a touch of vitamin e to each. I did find that I had to stir it about every 5 minutes to keep it from clumping up, maybe because of the size of the jars. I’m super impressed with this recipe and will be making it to give as gifts. Thanks for the recipe. After scouring the web for the perfect one, you hit the nail on the head. :)

    • deila

      Thanks for the feedback — and sharing your variations. I have never worked with the mango butter, but will give that one a try. I am glad this recipe worked well for you, and as you can see, it is quite easy to make changes in the kind of oil. I have tried shaking the jar too — the consistency is good, but it does get on the lid.

  • Martin Elias Hammond-Mujica

    Do you know how much weight of beeswax a 1/2 cup is? I have some blocks of beeswax and want to now how much to use. thanks

  • Susan

    What would you suggest if I want to make this into a larger batch instead of melting it in individual mason jars? Can I melt it in a glass measuring cup then stirring it then scoop into containers? Sorry I’m drowning you with questions but I’m new at this and have been looking for good recipes and yours seem just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    • deila

      Susan– You can melt it in a Pyrex measuring cup — the larger 4 cup size if you want. Just set it in a pan of water. Then pour the mixture into individual jars while it is still warm.