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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 “A 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 turned out to be 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 use the light olive oil; it has a lighter smell (and price tag) than extra virgin olive oil. But of course, you can use whatever olive oil you like.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.

 

Homemade Beeswax Body Butter

1 cup extra light olive oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup  beeswax pastilles
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.

Mountain Rose Herbs for Essential Oils (and other great natural products — they have beeswax pastilles)

Things you need:

1 pint glass mason canning jar
Spoon or fork
Saucepan

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 (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

I’m currently loving this Beeswax Butter Body Bar:

beeswax butter body bar

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

whip body butter

28 Comments

  1. Julie
    Julie12-10-2011

    Oooh, looks decadent–would be fun to try.

  2. lese
    lese12-20-2011

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

  3. lese
    lese12-20-2011

    By they way Lese is Zanna.

  4. MDBS
    MDBS12-21-2011

    I love it and I shared it on my FB!
    claudia

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous05-23-2012

    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
      Deila Taylor05-23-2012

      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
      Anonymous05-24-2012

      great – thank you! :-)

  6. mamabird26
    mamabird2606-12-2012

    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
      Deila Taylor06-13-2012

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

  7. Amberger
    Amberger06-15-2012

    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
      Deila Taylor06-15-2012

      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. http://www.eveoutofthegarden.com/2012/01/shea-butter-avocado-oil-eczema-cream.html
      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
      Amberger06-19-2012

      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
      Deila Taylor06-19-2012

      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.

  8. ldf
    ldf11-22-2012

    amazing recipe. thank-you. it absorbs wonderfully.

  9. Elizabeth Murdock
    Elizabeth Murdock05-10-2013

    great

  10. Verena Raguse
    Verena Raguse10-26-2013

    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
      deila10-27-2013

      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
      deila02-28-2014

      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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