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.
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.
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)
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax and coconut oil over a pan of simmering water.
Once fully combined stir in the honey.
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.
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.