Over the past 6 months, I have turned into this handy-dandy DIY recipe lady and have tried to make my home as toxin-free as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I still buy commercial products such as detergent and dishwashing soap; but I have had so much fun making things such as shower steamers, lotion bars, candles, wax tarts, kitchen cleaner, etc. I love that I am able to share my homemade experiences with you, friends and family. 🙂
Some of my projects have required the use of beeswax and coconut oil. Two basic ingredients, but a lot of bang for the buck if you know what I mean. lol. There are so many things you can make with both of these ingredients. Today, I will share with you 11 ways you can use coconut oil and beeswax to make your own homemade products and gifts.
The beeswax I love to use is pure white beeswax pellets made by Natural Planet. It is just easier to use pellets instead of shaving beeswax bars. But if you have beeswax bars, that will work as well for these projects.
For coconut oil, you can choose either unrefined or refined. If you don’t like the smell of coconuts, use refined. Unrefined is pure and fresh. It doesn’t go through the process of being bleached and baked. The smoke point for unrefined is 350 degrees, while refined is 400 degrees. A smoke point means that if you were cooking using unrefined coconut oil at 375, it would start burning and smoking. The coconut oil I like to use is by Anjou. It is pure extra-virgin unrefined coconut oil that happens to be gluten-free.
Facts About Beeswax:
- Beeswax is antifungal and antibacterial.
- It will help moisturize your skin, body, and hair.
- Beeswax has been used to help make belts, shoelaces, bows, and sewing thread.
- Bees need to make 6-8lbs of honey in order to produce one pound of wax (1).
Facts about Coconuts:
- Coconut was first given the name “Coco” by sailors from the Vasco De Gama ships. After Coco arrived in England, “nut” was added on (2).
- Scientists believe that coconuts came from the South Pacific (2).
- Coconuts are water resistant.
- Coconut oil is made from meat on the inside and can be smoked, sun-dried, kiln dried, or fermented in order to make the oil (3).
Additional Items You May Need Before Making These Recipes:
Shea butter, cocoa butter, vitamin e oil, essential oils, almond oil, jojoba oil, honey, arrowroot powder, cornstarch, chapstick tubes, glass jars, canisters, tins, silicone molds, a thermometer, wicks (for the candles), wick stabilizers, a metal pitcher or a large glass measuring cup, candle dye or mica powder. Look at the recipe first before buying extra products for your DIY homemade goodies.
What You Can Make Using Beeswax and Coconut Oil:
- Wax Tarts
- Lip Balm
- Face Cream
- Hand Moisturizer
- Lotion Bars
- Beard Balm
- Non-toxic Crayons
- Whipped Body Butter
Candles and Wax Tarts:
Melt 1 cup of beeswax with 1/2 cup of coconut oil over a double boiler. Once melted, let cool for 3-4 minutes. Once the mixture is between 155-180 F, add in 35-50 drops of essential oils or fragrance oils and then pour. Pay attention to flashpoints when using essential oils since they are volatile. This should make 3 wax tarts or one medium-large candle. You can use a glass jar, tins, or even coconut shells for the candles. Just a note: the deeper and higher the jar is, the more likely smoke marks may appear inside the jar. For this project, you will need wicks, glass jars, a wick stabilizer, a thermometer, a metal pitcher or large glass measuring cup, and smaller measuring cups and spoons.
For this recipe, you can use just beeswax and coconut oil. But if you want extra moisture, add 1 tbsp. of shea butter, cocoa butter, or vitamin e oil. For flavor, add 5-15 drops of essential oils; will depend on the number of tubes you make. Melt the first two ingredients together, add your shea butter or cocoa butter to the double boiler. Take off the mixture from the heat and let cool 2 minutes before adding vitamin e oil and essential oils.
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Face Cream, Hand Moisturizer, and Salves:
Melt the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 1/2 cup beeswax. Remove from the heat and place the mixture in a glass bowl, jar, or tin. Additional items you may want to add: honey, shea butter, vitamin e oil, and 5-7 drops of essential oils. Use the cream, moisturizer, and salves when they are in solid form.
For this recipe, you will need 2/3 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup beeswax in addition to 4 tbsp. of shea butter, 15-20 drops of essential oils, and 3 tbsp. of either arrowroot powder or cornstarch in order to make a solid deodorant stick. Melt the coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter over a double boiler or in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Take it out of the microwave or off the heat. Let cool for 1-2 minutes. Add the essential oils and then cornstarch. Mix together well and then pour the mixture into the deodorant canisters. Let sit for 4 hours or overnight before using. Will yield about 3 deodorant sticks.
Click here to read my latest article on how to make DIY Lotion Bars.
Add 2 tbsp. of beeswax, 2 tbsp. of coconut oil, and 3 tbsp. of shea butter to a double boiler and let it melt fully. Once it is melted and cooled for 3 minutes, add 1 tbsp. of argan oil, and 5 drops of your favorite essential oils. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or tin for storage purposes. Place in a cool, dark area. Let the beard balm solidify before using.
This recipe doesn’t require coconut oil, but it is a fun recipe to make for the kiddos. You will need 3/4 cup beeswax, 5 tablespoons of carnauba wax, 1 teaspoon each of natural mica pigment powder or candle dye, 6 glass jars, a measuring cup, and a silicone mold. Melt the beeswax and carnauba wax over a double boiler. While the wax is melting prepare your 6 jars with the 6 different colors of mica powder or 6 candle dyes melted separately. You will need about 3-4 diamond shaped dyes to bring out the color, or you can shave off 1 tsp of dye off a dye block.
To melt the dyes, either microwave them or individually melt them on the double boiler. You will need to make sure your dyes don’t harden before adding your beeswax and carnauba wax. Next, you will mix the wax into your dyes and then pour the mixtures into your silicone mold. You can add one color to make a traditional crayon, or layer/mix 3-4 colors in the mold to make a rainbow crayon. Let the crayons sit at least 4 hours before using.
Whipped Body Butter:
Use 1/2 cup of beeswax with 1 cup of coconut oil. You can add in 1-2 tbsp. of vitamin e oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil for extra moisture. If you want your body butter scented, add 5-7 drops of essential oils. Melt your beeswax and coconut oil. Add the melted mixture into a glass bowl or a stand mixer bowl. If you want to, add the vitamin e oil, almond oil or jojoba oil along with the essential oils.
Whip your ingredients until it is well mixed and light and fluffy. You will be finished whipping when it is no longer liquid and the mixture can stick to a spoon. Transfer the mixture to a small glass jar and store in a cool place.
I hope you enjoy making some or all of these recipes in your home. 🙂 Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these recipes.
1.”Bees Making Wax.”The Beeswax Co. https://www.beeswaxco.com/bees-making-wax/
2. “Coconut Fun Facts.” Myrick, Richard. Mobile-Cuisine. https://mobile-cuisine.com/did-you-know/coconut-fun-facts/
3. “What is Virgin Coconut Oil?”Healthy Traditions. https://healthytraditions.com/coconut-oil/what-is-virgin-coconut-oil