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My first attempt at using beeswax was to make a skin balm for my daughter. She had suffered for months with extremely dry and cracked skin hands. We had tried all my wife’s expensive hand creams to no avail. Within two days of using a very basic bee balm we were able to relieve the dryness. This was by no means a cure, we had to reapply every few days, but it did provide her with some reprieve. I have since taken that recipe that I found off the internet and with some tweeking with the ingredients and process, turned it into a fan favourite that I can’t keep up with the demand.
With some simple modification of the skin balm I was able to create a really great lip balm that somewhat resembled Burts Bees brand lip balm. I am generally amazed at how simple the process is.
Before you start…
Warning: Do not put anything covered in wax in the dishwasher, unless you want all your dishes coated in a very thin layer of wax.
Once you have your supplies, they need to be sanitized. I would suggest boiling all your stuff for 2-5 minutes then using a commercial food grade sanitizer like star san to make sure that you got all the nasties. Star San is likely overkill but I also like to make mead with my honey so I already have the stuff laying around.
Making a double boiler with your aluminum mixing bowl will make sure that you do not reach the flash point of the beeswax and start a fire. A double boiler will also help keep the temperature low so that you don’t boil off any natural aromas.
Dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s
Once you are ready to start mixing there are so many options for ingredients. If you plan on selling your stuff you need to check with your local and federal rules. They should have acceptable ingredients lists on their government websites. In Canada, we also have to provide health Canada with a list of your ingredients using their Latin name, in order of quantity. You won’t get a response back unless someone makes a complaint about your product. If there is a complaint it is up to you to make sure that you had checked the acceptable ingredients list. You also need to keep track of the ingredients and quantity in your product incase their is a review and for proper labeling. Your government website will also have information on how to proper label your product and package it for sale.
My biggest suggestions for this recipe are to
- make sure you use a double boiler. Wax can easily catch on fire if you don’t.
- Don’t add the cocoa butter too soon to the mix or you boil off some of the delicious chocolate notes.
- Only add the essential oils and vitamin E at the very end when you have removed the melted mixture from the heat. Just like the cocoa butter, if you add them too soon you lose some of the aroma.
Chocolate Mint Bee Balm Recipe
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Chocolate Mint Moisturizer Bee Balm
- Double Boiler
- Metal Mixing Spoon
- Glass Measuring cup (2 Cup measure or bigger)
- Cutting Board
- Wax Paper
- Digital Kitchen Scale
- 50 grams Beeswax
- 90 grams Cocoa Butter Cacao Butter is the same thing.
- 2 tbsp Sunflower oil You could also use Jojoba oil or Olive oil
- 20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil This is equivalent to a little less than a 1/4 tsp.
- 1/4 tsp Pure Vitamin E oil
- Setup your double boiler and get the water to a slow boil.
- Sanitize and set out your containers
- First portion out the 50 grams of beeswax and put it in the boiler
- Add 2 tbsps. of Sunflower oil to the boiler
- When the beeswax is 3/4 melted add the 90 grams of cocoa butter. I find that waiting to melt the cocoa butter preserves more of the chocolate aroma. The goal is to have the beeswax and the cocoa butter melt completely at the same time.
- When all ingredients are in liquid form take the boiler off of the heat and add the 20 drops of peppermint essential oil.
- You can play around with how much peppermint you like in your mixture. 20 drops will be present but not overpowering. Some might prefer only 10 drops. This would provide a hint of peppermint.
- Add the 1/4 tsp of pure vitamin E
- Give the whole thing a short mix and pour it into the measuring cup
- This will produce roughly 6oz of product. It nicely fills 3 x 2oz containers.
In Conclusion if you want more ways to use beeswax in your home or for your business you could check out this article.