They say that certain smells can instantly transport you back in time, and for me, the sweet aroma of beeswax takes me back to when I was a 7-year-old child. I’d just received a beautifully wrapped birthday present from my uncle and inside were golden sheets of beeswax goodness ready for me to make my own rolled beeswax candles. Since that time, I’ve been obsessed with beeswax; I’d take a bath in it if I could! Along with its alluring scent, beeswax is also an incredibly versatile ingredient for DIY natural skincare and for around the home!
“Beeswax: an antibacterial, anti-fungal, edible, better burning, waterproof, moisturising, everlasting, eco-friendly substance straight from mother nature”
Beeswax has been used since the beginning of civilization and there are many reasons why it’s considered so highly prized. Bees are amazing creatures and will travel over 60,000 kilometres and pollinate over 2 million flowers to produce less than 1 pound of pure beeswax that they use to create the comb structures inside their hives. That is why it is so precious (it was even used in some ancient cultures as a currency!).
Beeswax is an all-natural substance with so many versatile uses. From candles to soaps, and even as an alternative to plastic food storage, beeswax is an environmentally friendly material that’s a must-have in your home. Here’s 10 ways you can use beeswax around the home and in your natural skin care routine.
1: Beeswax candles: Most candles are made from paraffin (a petrochemical and a non-renewable and polluting resource) so my go-to candles are always made from beeswax, and also because they just smell so delicious! Not only do they release their sweet honey aroma in your home, but they also burn brighter, cleaner and longer than any other candle and emits no harmful substances into your air. In fact, it produces negative ions when burned which facilitates the elimination of airborne pollutants and promotes the overall health of the body and mind. If you’re looking for quality Australian made beeswax candles, I wouldn’t look past Queen B, their candles are made from the highest quality beeswax that emits a natural light honey aroma when burning, and with each one sold you are helping to support Australian bees and their beekeepers. Now that’s a pretty feel-good vibe worth spending money on!
2: Cuticles and nails: Beeswax protects the skin and seals in moisture by penetrating deeply into the skin for longer lasting protection. When we are exposed to the harsh environment it can cause our skin to be damaged and lose moisture, this wonderful natural substance helps to keep harmful pollutants and irritants out, and at the same time locks in moisture making beeswax perfect for skincare.
➤ Try my 3 ingredient Nourishing Natural Cuticle Balm Recipe that works miracles not only on cuticles and nails, but also chapped lips, cracked heels, and rough elbows!
3: Lip balm: Beeswax carries antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties used to protect, heal and moisturise skin. And unlike petroleum-based lip balms that taste horrible, beeswax tastes great and actually does its job and sticks to your lips (even when you lick your lips!) so you don’t have to keep reapplying it every five minutes.
➤ Try this Olieve Vanilla Lip Balm with organic oils, beeswax, natural cocoa and shea butters, honey, pure vanilla oil and mandarin essential oil! A sweet smelling delightful lip balm that’s 100% natural and contains NO petrochemicals, synthetic substances or artificial fragrances and colours.
4: Eye cream: Beeswax contains vitamin A which can reduce wrinkles and age spots and improves hydration to the skin and promotes cell regeneration.
➤ Try this Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream “The People’s Choice” is a phenomenal healing balm with legendary powers due to its unique mixture of all-natural ingredients Olive Oil, Beeswax, Bee Propolis, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly and Honey. This multi-purpose cream can be used as a face moisturizer, an eye cream, a scar treatment, a hair mask, a baby cream, a shaving balm and anything else you can think of. It also works wonders on eczema, skin irritations and redness, burn and wound relief.
5: Hair care: Used in hair, beeswax nourishes, conditions, and softens the strands while promoting the hair’s lustre, locks in moisture, smooths down fly-always, promotes easier styling, and encourages the growth of new hair all without leaving a greasy residue, it maintains a firm hold on hairstyles but is easy to wash out.
➤ Try this Less is More Honeywax which is a nourishing styling wax designed to add flexible texture and a touch of shine to normal to thick hair that is short to mid-length. Made with certified organic Austrian Forest Honey, Beeswax and Jojoba Oil, it cares for both your hair and scalp as it lends definition, control and shape to your favourite style. Sicilian Sweet Orange Oil gives it a mood-brightening fragrance.
6: Beeswax wraps: One of the reasons why it is used in re-usable food wraps is because just like honey, it’s antibacterial and reduces the risks of contamination and prevents the growth of yeast and fungi. This easy recipe by Biome Eco Stores uses a combination of beeswax, resin and jojoba oil, creates a wonderfully pliable beeswax wrap that can replace single use plastic cling wrap. Use them to wrap sandwiches and rolls, cover plates and bowls, leftover and much more.
7: Waxing wooden drawers: If you have stubborn or squeaky drawers that are hard to pull, stop them from sticking by rubbing a little beeswax along the runners this will lubricate them and also protect the wood.
8: Natural deodorant: It helps form a protective wall by sealing in moisture in our skin without smothering and clogging up the pores, but also helps to keep the deodorant stick hard and easier to use.
9: Natural homemade soaps: Improves soap function, bar firmness and provides a protective film on skin improving elasticity.
10: Non toxic crayons: Kids are always exploring.. with their mouths! So if you’re looking for a non-toxic and safe crayon alternative, you can make your own using beeswax! You can colour your crayons with natural ingredients too, like turmeric for yellow or earth pigments, why stop at colour when you can scent them with essential oils for additional sensory exploration! This recipe is defiantly on my list to make, as soon as my mould arrives 🙂
Where to buy beeswax for skincare?
You are best to check with your local beekeeper in your area, but if you’re unable to a local supplier, you can easily buy it online. Beeswax comes in all types of colours and forms from bars to pallets, dark yellow to pure white. Pure and filtered (not bleached), organic beeswax is perfect for skincare, I personally use these organic pellets they are easier for to manage when I make skincare in smaller quantities and larger solid beeswax bars for using around the home, crafts and candle making.
Love all things bee related?
These wonderfully busy little creatures truly are one of nature’s greatest gifts! Not only providing beeswax for skincare but also gloriously golden honey! Honey helps to fight disease-causing free radicals and can reduce the risk of cell damage and when applied topically to the skin, it can provide it with a myriad of benefits such as aiding in the treatment of acne, dry skin, redness, swelling and eczema.
➤ To read more about the benefits of honey and how you can incorporate it into your skin care routine see my post – Raw Honey For Skin. What’s all the Buzz About?