Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exists today. A fascinating fact, but frightening more than anything.
And that includes the cling wrap we liberally use every single day.
With this reason in mind, Beeswax wraps have been all the buzz recently (pun intended). And rightfully so; their superbly sustainable, reusable, plastic-free, easy to use and make, as well as very versatile.
But did you know that there a multitude of ways beeswax can be used both on the body and in the home other than just as cling wrap alternative?
Let us take you through 8 un-bee-lievably brilliant DIY uses for beeswax, and get you working with this natural, sustainable gift from honey bees.
*To save us from repeating ourselves, your set-up will involve a double boiler for all of these DIY recipes, in order to melt the solid beeswax and emulsify other ingredients with it. All you’ll need is a glass or stainless steel bowl to put the ingredients in, and a saucepan (smaller than the bottom of the bowl) filled with water to place the bowl on!
Although Glad wrap may have served many families well over the past few years and even decades, with environmental consciousness (along with pollution) on the rise, more and more Aussies are switching over to a far more sustainable alternative – beeswax wraps. Brands such as Dexam, Bee’s Wrap and Beeutiful have contributed to this eco-friendly movement, putting out some absolutely gorgeous beeswax wraps for convenient food storage.
You can use these wraps as you would regular plastic wrap. The only downside is that they’re non-microwavable. But wait! The benefits far outweigh this one minuscule disadvantage. They’re much tougher than plastic wrap, reusable, compostable, and look pretty darn cool in your fridge. Ever since we’ve tried these beeswax wraps out, and even found out how to make them ourselves, we’ve never looked back!
So how do I make a reusable sandwich wrap?
Step 1: Firstly, you’ll need some cotton fabric – this is where the fun starts. If you’re a devoted Disney fan, there’s no going past some Mickey Mouse design fabric. You can also go for floral, plain, striped or paisley designs, absolutely whatever you like! After washing and drying the fabric, cut it into desired shapes and sizes.
Step 2: Set your oven to 150°C, and while it’s preheating melt 10ml of pine resin, 35g of beeswax and 1 tbsp of jojoba oil over the double boiler.
Step 3: Take the fabric and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, take a clean or new paintbrush and spread the mixture on the cotton. Then pop it in the oven for 2-5 minutes before removing it and brushing over any spots you may have missed.
Step 4: Hang your fabric outside and allow it to dry (this will only take a few minutes).
This mixture is enough to make 2-3 30cm x 30cm beeswax wraps. Be sure to bookmark this blog, because we’re sure you’ll be making a second batch once you see just how awesome they are!
We’re not here to knock regular deodorants, but rather inform all you lovely readers on the potentially harmful compounds in these conventional antiperspirants.
Aluminium, the ingredient that completely stops perspiration, has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and kidney problems. Even though it may not be the direct cause, we’d rather be safe than sorry! Plus, this DIY beeswax deodorant is super simple and crazy cheap to make.
Step 2: Remove the bowl from the heat and add 1 tbsp baking soda, 2 tbsp arrowroot powder, 1.5 tbsp bentonite clay and 5 drops of an essential oil of choice. We love the fresh smell of lemongrass essential oil!
Step 3: Depending on the shape you want your deodorant bar to be, pour the mixture into any mould you like and let it set.
And now you have a natural, aluminium free deodorant!
Who doesn’t love the subtle sweet smell of honey? That’s exactly what these beeswax candles emanate throughout the home. Not only do they give off a divine scent, but beeswax is known to reduce dust, dander and mould that floats around in the air, having a purifying effect on your abode – ultimately improving the health of you and your family.
Here’s the recipe to make one relatively thick candle:
Step 1: Melt 150g of beeswax in the double boiler before adding it with 30g of coconut oil. While the coconut oil melts, cut your candle wick about 15cm long.
Step 2: After stirring the liquid, pour it into a jar so there’s about 2cm at the bottom.
Step 3: Place the wick down into the bottom centre of the jar. You can use a bamboo skewer to make sure the wick is pushed all the way down
Step 4: Use that same skewer to wrap the top-end of the wick around, and rest the skewer across the face of the jar. This is to hold the wick upright while the beeswax and coconut oil sets.
Step 4: Pour the remaining mixture into the jar. If your wick seems too long, feel free to trim it a little (but leave at least 1cm).
Now you’ve got an all-natural, budget-friendly beeswax candle to light any day of the week!
“Bee Balm” – Beeswax Lip Balm
Chapped, cracked, dry, sore lips…it’s not really something we want. Have you ever found yourself having to constantly reapply lip balm to ward off dryness and keep your lips borderline moisturised? If that’s the case, a beeswax lip balm may just be your saving grace.
But if you’re in the mood for some DIY with the added benefit of saving some money, give this bee balm recipe a go!
Step 1: Add 30g each of Beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in the bowl and stir until melted.
Step 2: Remove from the heat and add about 1-15 drops of essential oil (if you prefer a scented lip balm).
Step 3: Pour the solution into a container and let it set.
Beeswax and coconut oil both have profound moisturising effects, making them the perfect natural substances to put on your skin, especially during the winter season. This stuff is no wanna-bee lip balm, it’s the real deal (that’s the last pun, we promise)!
We’re exposed to thousands, if not millions of germs every single day. So it’s of utmost importance to keep our hands clean, especially when it comes to dealing with food. But people with sensitive skin may not be able to handle the harshness many of supermarket soaps. Even the gentle variety often irritate and dry out their hands.
But we can’t not wash our hands, right? That’s where a moisturising beeswax soap comes into the picture.
Admittedly, this DIY project may take a little more time than the others we have mentioned. But not to fear! Lovely Greens has put together a comprehensive, step-by-step recipe on how to make some amazing-looking beeswax soap bars. Happy soap making!
Just like our lips, we want to keep our skin nice and moisturised year-round! If you take a look at the ingredients list of most commercial moisturisers, there are at least a dozen ingredients. Some of those ingredients are chemicals and laboratory creations we can’t even pronounce!
If you want to bring it back to basics and moisturise your skin in a more traditional and natural way, a beeswax-based lotion is the way to go!
Step 1: Combine ¼ cup beeswax, ¼ cup coconut oil and ½ cup jojoba or sweet almond oil together over the double boiler until melted.
Step 2: Before pouring the mixture into a container, add 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil (a known antioxidant that protects your skin from oxidative stress AKA aging) and 5 drops of an essential oil of choice.
This moisturiser is best suited to normal to dry skin.
Beeswax Leather Shoe Polish
Got an upcoming special occasion? Or do you just like to keep your shoes looking spick and span and as presentable as possible? Then having some shoe polish on hand is quintessential. But good quality leather polish can often be pretty steep in price, adding up overtime if you use it quite frequently. Sometimes, you’ll even need to use a liberal amount of the stuff for it to achieve the shine you want. Not to mention the potentially harmful chemicals in most commercial polishes and home cleaning products.
Using a Beeswax-base polisher is a far more sustainable, economical and safer alternative – you’ll be glad you took 10 minutes out of your day to whip up a few batches.
Step 1: Pop ¼ cup (30g) of beeswax, ¼ cup of coconut butter and turn the heat on low.
Step 2: As the solids start to melt, slowly add in ¼ cup of olive or almond oil while stirring.
Step 3: Once combined, add the final ingredient – ¼ cup of mineral oil. Continue stirring the mixture at low heat for 5 minutes, making sure it doesn’t boil.
Step 4: Pour your mixture into a container or tin of choice.
Yep. It really is that simple to make an unbelievably effective shoe polish with natural ingredients, in your own kitchen!
Remember, the magic number to remember for this DIY recipe is “¼”. But you can always experiment with different ratios. Increase the ratio of beeswax/coconut butter to olive/almond/mineral oil for a thicker polish, and vice versa for a thinner polish.
Beeswax Hair Pomade
Yes, that’s right. The beeswax you use to polish your leather dress shoes for that upcoming special event can also be used to slick back and style your hair. Gone are the days where you need to spend big bucks on branded hair wax and gel products at the supermarket.
With just a few ingredients and a little bit of spare time on the weekend, you can create a natural beeswax hair pomade that’ll last you forever. Because with beeswax, a little goes a long way.
Step 1: Turn the gas onto a very low heat and allow the beeswax to melt while mixing. Once it begins to liquefy, add some coconut oil and mix it in until combined.
Step 2: Turn the heat off, add bentonite clay and stir. Lastly, add a few drops of an essential oil of choice. Or if you want a subtle scent, the beeswax and coconut oil will do the job just fine.
Step 3: Before it cools and starts to solidify, pour the mixture into a little container.
That’s it! Once it cools it’ll have the consistency of regular hair wax.
Mommy Potamus also has an amazing DIY beeswax hair pomade recipe you can check out here!
That’s it! Simple recipes, natural ingredients, budget-friendly. We’re really not pollen your leg here (okay that was bad), these are some incredible DIY Beeswax recipes worth having a go at!