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My skin sometimes has periods when it likes to act up and cause havoc, so I have recently taken an interest in using all natural products for the skin. To my good fortune, over the weekend, I visited Kennington Park, which houses a community called BeeUrban.

BeeUrban were holding an open day, and while I was there, I learnt about the fantastic properties of bee-related products such as honey, royal jelly, propolis, and beeswax. Benefits to the skin include soothing, moisturising, and cleansing, as well as being an anti-inflammatory for burns and chapped skin.



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Homemade Beeswax Skin Lotion


Using beeswax as the base, I have made three completely natural skincare products: a lip balm, salve, and lotion. The method to make all these is the same, the main difference being the ratio of ingredients.

Lip Balm

Ingredients
3 teaspoons unbleached beeswax pellets (you can also use a block and grate the beeswax)
5 teaspoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon clear honey
˝ teaspoon vitamin E (this can be found in liquid form in health shops)



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Instructions
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax and coconut oil over a pan of simmering water.



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Once fully combined stir in the honey.



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Take a spoonful of the mixture and drip it onto a plate.
It should cool very quickly and become firm, but spreadable. If it is too hard, then add a tiny bit more oil; if it is too mushy add a tiny bit more beeswax.



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Once it has reached the correct consistency, take the mixture off the heat and stir in the vitamin E.
Quickly dispense the mixture into a sealable container and allow it to cool completely.
Dap a bit of the balm on your finger and spread it over dry or chapped lips.



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Salve

Ingredients
25g unbleached beeswax pellets
150g coconut oil
25ml olive oil
˝ teaspoon vitamin E
1 teaspoon lemon oil (or essential oil of choice)

Instructions
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and olive oil over a pan of simmering water.



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Once fully combined take a spoonful of the mixture and drip it onto a plate.
It should cool very quickly and become a firm, but spreadable pale custard yellow.
Once it has reached the correct consistency, take the mixture off the heat and stir in the vitamin E and lemon oil.



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Quickly dispense the mixture into a sealable container and allow it to cool completely.
Scoop up a fingertip-size portion and spread onto any affected area of dry or irritated skin.

Lotion

Ingredients
250ml olive oil
125g coconut oil
25g unbleached beeswax pellets
˝ teaspoon vitamin E
1 teaspoon orange oil (or essential oil of choice)

Instructions
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and olive oil over a pan of simmering water.



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Once fully combined take a spoonful of the mixture and drip it onto a plate.
It should cool very quickly and become soft golden butter yellow colour.
Once it has reached the correct consistency, take the mixture off the heat and stir in the vitamin E and orange oil.



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Quickly dispense the mixture into a sealable container and allow it to cool completely.
Scoop up a small dollop and spread it over your skin to moisturise.

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Homemade Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm
Homemade cocoa lip balm
Benefits of Raw Bee Pollen
The Benefit of Bees

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