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Leftover Beeswax, What to Do?

 

After filtering my honey, I have lots of leftover beeswax because of the crushed honey processing method I use. What does one do with the beeswax? Well, there are many uses for beeswax from making candles, using it in home cosmetics (lotions and lip balms) and even in using polishing furniture, just to name a few. According to the authors of The Beekeeper’s bible: Bees, honey, recipes & other home uses (2011), the average beehive has about 14.5 ounces of wax. The authors also state that it takes 1 pound of honey to produce 1 ounce of beeswax (p.126). That seems like a lot of work for the bees.

I decided to write this post because I will be using some of my leftover beeswax in my homemade deodorant. Using beeswax is an essential component to help make the deodorant mixture more like a solid and similar to the texture of regular solid deodorants that can withstand the heat in warm places like Atlanta. I like to make my deodorant using masculine scents, so I will be experimenting with the following essential oils: lime, vetiver, neroli, lavender, and clary sage.

Below is the recipe for my deodorant, which includes use of my left over beeswax:

¼ cup Organic coconut oil

2 tablespoons of Shea butter

2 tablespoons of beeswax

½ cup Organic baking soda

¼ cup Arrowroot

10 drops Clary Sage

5 drops Lavender

3 drops Vetiver

3 drops Neroli

2 drops Lime

Mixing and Preparation Directions:

First, melt the coconut oil, Shea butter, and beeswax in a small bowl over boiling water.

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Once ingredients are melted add the baking soda and arrowroot powder. Note that more baking soda and arrowroot can be added to thicken if mixture is too runny. After all ingredients are incorporated into a smooth mixture the consistency of pudding, remove from heat.

Next, add in the essential oils and stir. Finally, add the mixture to deodorant containers or containers of your choice. Note that the mixture will thicken quickly, but will remain pliable enough to fill the containers.

After the deodorant containers are full, clean and put them in the freezer for them to harden into a solid. After the deodorant becomes a solid, it is ready for immediate use.

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The good thing about homemade deodorant is the fact that you know what is in it; the ingredients I used were all natural ingredients and that is comforting to know. I urge readers to learn more about deodorants that contain aluminum; the possible side effects of aluminum is what caused me to begin making my own using natural products and of course my left over beeswax!

What do you do with your leftover beeswax?

 

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5 Responses to “Leftover Beeswax, What to Do?”
  1. lasaundra nicole says:

    This is so great! Thanks for sharing it. I usually attempt to make wax candles or some other keepsake , now I will try this.
    Peace & Honey,
    Nikki-Bee

    • Thanks for stopping by. The deodorant is really good. It just takes a couple of weeks to get used to it when making the switch to homemade.

      • ramemhotep says:

        Greetings Africanamericanbeekeeper, I hope you and yours are enjoying good health and peace mind. Thank you for a beautiful post on what to do with wax. There is also a market for beeswax in ‘religious candles’ many religious centers require the burning of beeswax candles because they burn essentialy soot-less. Also I want to emphasize Africanamericanbeekeeper use of the ‘double boiler’ to melt wax. Do not melt the wax directly with flame. Can be very flammable.
        Again thank you for the thoughtful post.

  2. antigolds says:

    Can I buy your beeswax

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