When the weather gets chilly and I’m stuck indoors is when I feel the need to craft and make/bake things. Last year, I made beeswax candles (& paleo chocolate chip cookies…hmmm) when I got restless. This year, I wanted to make something I’ve never made before but didn’t want to spend a fortune on ingredients, so I choose to make beeswax lotion. The ingredients are inexpensive, and some might even already be in your cupboard. I was truly shocked at how easy it was to make this lotion!
- Beeswax- white or yellow, your preference
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Vitamin E oil– make sure it’s the kind that’s suitable to skin contact
- Essential oil of your choice if you’d like to enhance the scent (I loveeee rosemary)- make sure it’s the kind that’s suitable for skin contact
- Shea butter
- Mason jars- size of your choice, just make sure they’re new or cleaned very well. I used these 4 oz jars.
Now comes the easy part.
- Add all of your ingredients together in the jars, EXCEPT the essential oil.
- Put the lid on the jars but not all the way tight so any air can escape.
- Fill a pot with just enough water to be below the jar lids and put your burner on low.
- Place the jars in the pot until all the components are melted.
- Remove the jars, let cool for 3-5 minutes, then add your essential oil and stir.
- Now you can either put the lid back on and let cool all the way to allow it to solidify to a balm texture or you can stir every 5 or so minutes to create a more whipped, soft lotion texture.
I’m not going to give you exact measurements for this, and I’ll tell you why. Because there are a million different sized jars, and the ratio of each item is entirely dependent on the space you have in your jars. I will try to give you some ratios to go off of though. Thankfully, it’s not an exact science, and there’s a little wiggle room for error.
- 1/3 olive oil
- 1/4 coconut oil
- 1/4 beeswax – the more beeswax you add, the thicker/harder your consistency will be.
- Tablespoon shea butter
- Teaspoon vitamin e oil
- 15-20 drops essential oil
- I also added ground up dehydrated fresh rosemary to my jars while everything was still liquified to give it a little texture and interest.
This lotion makes a great homemade gift that isn’t cheesy or “too homemade!” The Viatmin E oil helps give the lotion a longer shelf life, about 6 months as far as I understand. I made 12 jars of it for Christmas gifts this year, and I’m hoping I end up having one extra for myself. It smells so good and leaves your hands as soft as butter!