Beeswax: Uses of beeswax in cosmetics
Thanks to beeswax, we will see that it is possible to make multiple homemade cosmetics, and what’s more, easily!
Whether it’s cream, balm, or mask, there are many choices.
- Where does beeswax come from?
- The properties of beeswax
- How to use beeswax?
- Uses of beeswax in cosmetics
- Face and body cream tutorial
- lip balm tutorial
- homemade soap tutorial
- Other tutorials
Where does beeswax come from?
Beeswax is a totally natural substance, produced by bees. It is a real treasure of the hive, with multiple virtues. Bees use specific glands, called wax glands, to secrete wax scales. Then, they use this wax to build the cells, which will be used to accommodate the brood, and store their reserves of honey, pollen and bee bread. Producing wax requires a lot of energy from the bees. They must consume an average of 8 kilos of honey to produce 1 kg of wax. It is the beekeepers who are responsible for harvesting the beeswax. This step is carried out during the honey harvest. The wax is then melted and then molded in the form of a wax block for its marketing.
The properties of beeswax
For centuries, beeswax has been recognized for its many benefits. In ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, beeswax was incorporated into creams to soothe pain and treat wounds. It is still used in various preparations, mainly for its healing, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. Wax is an ideal component to fight against external elements, such as wind and cold. It will help protect your face and extremities, and keep them hydrated. When using it, we can notice that beeswax softens the skin, moisturizes it and protects it.
How to use beeswax to make your cosmetics?
Beeswax is an ingredient that is easily incorporated into recipes. It is necessary to heat it, up to approximately 60°C, so that it can melt. The wax can be difficult to cut, I advise you to grate it. If the block of wax block represents the grammage necessary for your recipe, melt it directly. Once melted, it is easily added to your recipe. Just mix well. A loaf of wax converses for years. It is advisable to store it away from light and drafts. The ideal being to put it in a box.
To choose your beeswax, several options are possible.
I recommend that you favor French beeswax, produced directly by beekeepers. Their beeswax is sold in the form of a wax block, with different formats and weights.
Uses of beeswax in cosmetics
Whether it is a cream for the face, for the hair, the lips, the hands, or the body, beeswax is totally suitable. The uses are many. Beeswax can be incorporated into any type of preparation: cream, balm, stick, soap, shampoo. In addition, the wax can be applied to any part of the body. Below, we will discover three tutorials for making homemade cosmetics. Each recipe can be personalized, depending on the desired texture and fragrances.
Beeswax face and body cream tutorial
A very simple cream to make. It can not only be applied to the face but to any other part of the body. Be careful not to put on clothing immediately after applying your cream. Wax is a greasy substance, which could slightly grease your garment.
– 30 g of beeswax
– 105 ml of vegetable oil
– 66 ml of water
– additional option: essential oil
Within 15 minutes, your cream is ready.
→ Melt the beeswax with the vegetable oil.
→ Mix off the heat for a few minutes, until the wax melts completely
→ Add the heated water to the mixture.
→ Mix vigorously then pour the mixture into your final pot.
It is recommended to leave your cream in the fridge.
Find the complete homemade face cream tutorial.
Beeswax lip balm tutorial
Lip balm is just as easy to make as homemade cream.
There are several possible recipes.
I share one with you below.
For more options, I invite you to read the other blog post offering 3 homemade lip balm recipes.
Ingredients needed: – 22 ml of olive oil – 10 g of beeswax – 10 g of honey Steps: → Melt the beeswax and olive oil in a bain-marie → Mix until the wax melts → Add the honey to the mixture off the heat → Mix well then pour into your final container. A creamy balm, which can be stored at room temperature.
Homemade beeswax soap tutorial
A homemade soap can also be made with beeswax.
The realization of a soap requires more time and a little more material than for a balm or a cream.
In collaboration with Guillaume from My First Hives, we published a tutorial to make homemade honey soap .
This recipe does not include beeswax, I share another detailed recipe on how to make a cold saponified soap with wax, honey, and propolis (optional).
Other types of homemade cosmetics
The three tutorials presented above cover several parts of the body.
For people who want to make shampoos or hair care, it is also possible.
The shampoo is more easily produced in solid form.
A recipe, with the appropriate quantities, can be found here.
Regarding the hair mask, it is possible to use a beeswax and olive oil base, as for the face and body cream tutorial. The mixture is applied to the hair (particularly the ends) for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. Then you have to rinse with clear water before performing your shampoo.
This mask aims to moisturize dry hair.
Beeswax is an effective and very practical ingredient in the manufacture of its homemade cosmetics.
It is a fatty substance, which provides a certain texture and its various benefits (healing, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory).
By making your own homemade products and choosing your own ingredients, your cosmetics are 100% natural, adapted to your desires, and produced at a lower cost.
It’s your turn !