Sheboygan County Beekeepers Association

Uses for wax


March, 2016

Many Uses for Wax





Tammy’s Favorite (Thick) Lotion


4 Tablespoons + ½ Teaspoon Grapeseed Oil

1 Tablespoon Beeswax

2 Tablespoons Water (can also use Rose Water)


Melt beeswax and oil together in a small half-pint jar over a warm water bath. Remove from heat when melted and add water while stirring. Stir until smooth and creamy. If it gets too grainy, return to heat and stir. Other oils can be used. Amounts can be adjusted slightly.


Makes ½ cup of thick lotion.



Always use caution when heating oils and beeswax.


Beeswax Hand Cream

(From Beekeeping For Dummies)


Smooth, creamy and not too oily, this hand cream works better than anything you can buy commercially.



  • 1 part beeswax by dry weight (for example, 1 ounce of beeswax by weight)
  • 6 parts olive oil by liquid volume (for example, 6 ounces of oil by liquid volume)
  • A few drops of essential oil (such as Lavender, Chamomile, Rose or Lemon Verbena). You may add any essential oil or leave it out entirely to enjoy the natural sweet scent of the beeswax.
  1. In the top of a double boiler, melt the beeswax and oil over medium heat. Stir continuously with a wire whisk until the wax has completely melted.
  2. Remove from the heat and add a few stops of your favorite essential oil. Continue stirring as the mixture cools and thickens.
  3. Before it completely cools and “sets,” pour the warm mixture into small containers.
  4. Let the cream cool completely before placing the lids on the jars.

Always use caution when heating oils and beeswax.


Beeswax Skin Cream


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil (olive, vegetable or whatever’s in the pantry)
1/2 oz beeswax (about 2 tablespoons grated beeswax)
1 teaspoon borax

Essential oil or fragrance (optional)


Combine the beeswax and oil in a double boiler, and heat until melted and combined. Heat water in the microwave or in a separate pan on the stove until warm (not boiling), add borax and stir until dissolved. Combine the water mixture with the beeswax mixture. Mix well (at least 2 minutes). For a fluffier cream, use an electric  mixer or a blender. Pour the cream into a clean container after it has cooled completely. Lotion will last about 1 month if kept in the refrigerator.

Always use caution when heating oils and beeswax.