6 Easy Gifts to Make with Beeswax


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Beeswax is a great choice when it comes to making gifts for family and friends.  It is non-toxic, great for your skin, and has many practical uses around the home.  It can also be sourced from your own beehives or those of a local beekeeper.  If you don't have a local source, you can easily search a site like Etsy for beeswax straight from the beekeeper.  Or, if you need the wax faster, you can get a high quality option from Amazon or a local craft store.  Just make sure that if you are making skin care products you get beeswax that is approved for that purpose.

As beekeepers ourselves, we lean toward products that are useful and help our wax to go far.  Candles are an excellent option if you have tons of wax available but since our supply is usually somewhat small, we aim for products that combine a little bit of beeswax with other high quality products.

If you are going to work with beeswax, I highly recommend getting a double boiler from a second hand shop to use for melting.  Wax can be a challenge to clean up (never put it down your drain!) so this way you aren't too worried about ruining your own nice pot.

Beeswax Furniture Polish
Photo by Carrie Williams Howe

1. Beeswax Furniture Polish  

When we started making beeswax furniture polish for our Etsy site, we were amazed at how popular it became.  Not only is it extremely practical and useful, but packaged up nicely it can make a great gift for someone who seems to have everything.  To make beeswax furniture polish you simply melt the wax and combine with mineral oil (we prefer food grade so we can use it on cutting boards).  Then you pour into a container and let it cool.  The polish can then be used as a finishing coat on bare wood or to nourish furniture or cutting boards!  Click here for directions.

Beeswax Lotion Bars
Photo by Carrie Williams Howe

2. Beeswax Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are basically lotion in a more solid form.  When cool, it keeps its form, but when you rub it over your warm skin it melts just enough to soak in and nourish event the toughest cracks.  When you combine beeswax with a few other high-quality skin care products you wouldn't believe the power it has to heal!  We make our beeswax lotion bars with shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E - plus a little dash of honey.  You can also add a scent like vanilla or lavender to personalize your lotion bars.  Many recipes are available online; click here to see our recipe for Honey Almond Lotion Bars.  



Beeswax Lip Balm
Photo by Carrie Williams Howe

3. Beeswax Lip Balm

The healing qualities of beeswax can also be utilized for dry, chapped lips.  A beeswax lip balm combines beeswax with a complementary oil - such as olive or coconut.  The combination creates a smooth and shiny product that can compete with anything you could buy at the store. Lip balms can be poured into tubes or metal tins, depending on the finished look you prefer.  This is a great project to do with kids, as you can add flavors to make it fun (just be sure you look for food-save and/or flavors that are approved for skin care).  Our recipe for honey lip balm adds the healing power of honey plus a subtle honey flavor.





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