Saturday, March 31, 2012

DIY Hand Salve with Beeswax

Yesterday I needed to make more of the cream I use for Landon's eczema, so I decided to go ahead and try this DIY hand salve while I was making a mess of my kitchen anyway. Since my hands tend to be very dry, something like this is great to use. The regular lotions from the store tend to dry out my skin even more, especially since many store-bought lotions contain water, which can make your skin more dry. So technically, all the yummy smelling lotions I've purchased from places like Bath & Body Works, have just temporarily covered up my dry hand problem, by only offering short-term moisture.

This recipe is super easy to male, and my hands felt incredible last night. I massaged it into my hands before I went to bed, since it is a little greasy, and when I woke up, they felt incredibly soft! I can't believe how well this soaked into my skin and really moisturized it. I think it would be even better if I wore soft gloves now and then to lock in the moisture even more. Or rubbing this on dry feet and wearing socks would be great too.

The only complaint I had was the time it took to make this. I ended up ordering a big block of beeswax when I ordered my bulk shea butter, so I had to literally stand in my kitchen and "hack" away at the block of beeswax until I had 2 oz. worth. If you're just wanting to make this one time to see if you like it, you may want to just purchase 1 oz. pre-cut blocks of beeswax from Amazon. It would save you a lot of time and energy.

What you'll need: 
2 oz. beeswax
8 oz. sweet almond oil
Optional: You can add an essential oil of your choice after emulsifying, to give it an added scent. However, the beeswax scent is quite strong on its own, so you may just like the natural scent of the beeswax/almost oil combo

1. Measure out 2 oz. of beeswax (use a scale if you have one or are cutting from a block of wax like I did). Melt in a glass Pyrex measuring cup, or use the double boiler method
2. Add in the sweet almond oil and combine well with the melted beeswax
3. Remove from heat and add in essential oil (5-10 drops, or more if you choose) - I used Lemon essential oil
4. Immediately poor into container, as it will begin to harden quickly
5. Once it has become a solid, scrape some off with your fingernail and massage in to your hand!

I poured my salve into 2 tins. You can pour it into just about anything that is shallow and will make it easy to get out of as you use it. A small jar with a lid, an empty Altoids tin, etc. Another great idea would be to pour a small amount into an extra small container to throw in your purse and use as a cuticle cream. I didn't have anything small enough this time, but next time I'll do that, since my cuticles could use it throughout the day!

My finished product 

1 comment:

  1. I'll have to try this. Sounds great! Have you bought anything from mountain rose herbs in Eugene? They have the BEST quality products and so many choices. I get all my bees wax, shea butter, etc from them. If you pick up your order (not super far for you), you can skip the shipping fee.