My husband Daniel whipped some of this up recently and it’s fantastic! So I
nagged used my dulcet tones to convince him to guest post here at Carrots to share his recipe. Lucky for you, he’s an obliging sort! -Haley
I’ve used beard wax for several years. Mostly just beeswax and oil, beard wax helps a beard keep a good shape, gives a beard a nice sheen, prevents split ends, and also provides a pleasant aroma.
Recently, a friend gave me a jar of her homemade hand salve which the recipe here is based on. Since I spent most of my time working outside this winter, my skin was often dry so I relied on this stuff to keep my face and hands from completely drying out. I also realized the ingredients were essentially the same as my beard wax and so I started using this as a substitute when my store bought wax ran out.
Finally, the ingredients for beard wax and hand salve are also the same as a lot of beeswax lip balms. So this recipe will work for any of those purposes.
-½ cup Beeswax (If you don’t have bees, you can order some from Amazon or look for a local supplier.)
-½ cup Coconut Oil
-1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
-1 Teaspoon Honey
-10-20 drops of therapeutic grade essential oil.*
–Double Boiler (Or large pot with smaller pot)
–Lip Balm Tubes with holder and scraper
–Small Mason Jars (if making hand salve or beard wax)
(Disclosure: Links above to Amazon are affiliate links.)
Because we had our own source of beeswax from our hives on the farm, that’s what we used in this recipe. Our beeswax is also unfiltered which is why you can see little bits of things like propolis in the wax. Different kinds of beeswax can have different properties so it’s difficult to give exact measurements.
Heat the beeswax, coconut oil, and honey in a double boiler. You can use a designated double boiler or just do what we did which is heat up water in a large pot and place a slightly smaller pot inside the larger one. Heat slowly and stir often.
Test the product by scooping out a little with a small spoon. Let the mixture cool and then test it. If it is still too hard or feels too “waxy” on your skin, add a little olive oil or coconut oil to thin it out.
Once you’ve reached the right consistency, add your essential oils. For our lip balm, we used a few drops of Lavender. For the hand salve/beard wax, we added Lavender and Cedarwood. There are probably a lot of oils that would go well here. Peppermint sounds nice!
Carefully pour the mixture into your containers. For the lip balm, we used plastic tubes purchased online.
For the beard wax, we used small mason jars. Lots of different containers would work here. Get creative!
The lip balm, hand salve, or beard wax makes great gifts for friends and family, too!
*Psst! Haley here! When a product containing essential oils is going to touch my family’s skin, I only use therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living and I recently became an independent distributor for YL since I love their oils so much.
You can order individual oils from Young Living through me at retail price. Or you can become a wholesale member by ordering a premium starter kit that comes with 11 oils, a diffuser, and other goodies and receive 24% off retail price for your future Young Living orders.
The starter kit is priced at $160 and the contents if purchased separately would be approx. $330! So it’s an awesome deal. You can read all about the starter kit and my journey with essential oils here. Or you can just complete your order. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions! (email@example.com)
I was wondering which of the diffusers you like the best and which features are the most useful? I would be willing to purchase a nice diffuser but I am not exactly sure what things like “negative ionizer” and “ultrasonic” are exactly and how they help with the diffusion process.
Sorry if this is a silly question, but choices are hard for me and I’d hate to feel post-purchase regret.
Not silly at all, Kara! Here’s a good little explanation about what those terms mean: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/the-science-and-art-of-diffusing-essential-oils/
I have the dew drop diffuser, the home diffuser (which doesn’t come with the starter kit anymore), and the kids dinosaur diffuser for my kids room. I really like all three, but I’d love to splurge on the Aria someday!
Just ask if you have any further questions, Kara 🙂
Where did you get the holder for the lip balm tubes? That looks like a most excellent tool. Much better than trying to balance a bunch of tubes in a juice glass which is my current filling method.
I updated the post to include a link to the holder! It’s definitely a life saver 🙂
Just in case anyone else is in this situation…
I found beeswax in 1 oz chunks in a health food store. Grated up, it made just about 1/2 a cup, so this recipe takes about 1oz of beeswax.
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*****The More You Know***** 😉