Beeswax & Coconut Oil Face Cream

It’s estimated that honeybees must fly 150,000 miles to produce one pound of wax. That’s pretty spectacular. RESPECT.

Here’s a recipe for a super simple, very nourishing, ultra-moisturizing face cream that only involves two, count it, TWO ingredients: beeswax and coconut oil.

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*Please use organic and unrefined whenever possible, especially with the beeswax as it acts like a sponge soaking up and storing chemicals in the hive.

You’ll get a firm yet creamy texture from this recipe. If you want it even firmer add more beeswax. If you want it softer add less beeswax, or conversely, more coconut oil. Because of the coconut oil’s low melting point, on warm days your cream will be creamier and on colder days it will harden. It will also slowly melt in your hand after a few seconds (see below photo). This is all completely normal.

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Beeswax and coconut oil are an incredible duo that is truly awesome for the skin. They have antibacterial & antifungal properties, so you could also use this recipe as an organic diaper cream or general skin treatment salve, suitable for babies and sensitive skin irritations alike. It also helps fight acne and wrinkles and is a general skin soother. My fiance likes to use it as hair oil and I often put it on bug bites and use it as chapstick. It’s fantastically all-purpose!

I will say that it can take a couple minutes to completely absorb into your skin. My especially thirsty and sometimes chapped fall and winter skin love this. However, it probably isn’t the best moisturizer for those with oily skin.

This recipe yields about 5 ounces of moisturizer:

  • 0.4 ounces or about 2.5 TSP shaved beeswax (of course my shavings will be different than yours, so it’ll be more accurate if you stick to the weight)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil + 1 TBSP

All you have to do is melt the two ingredients together and let cool in your chosen containers. To do this, I fill a sauce pot about 1/4 of the way with water and float a metal or glass bowl on top. You want the bowl to be large enough so that it won’t tip over in the pot. You’re doing just fine if the water touches the bottom of the bowl, and the bowl presses against the sides of the pot.

Bring the water to a gentle simmer, add your beeswax to the bowl and turn the heat off. Use a rubber spatula to swirl and flip the beeswax. Add a little more heat if necessary. Once it’s almost completely melted mix in your coconut oil. This is the point where you can add in other ingredients like shea butter, jojoba or almond oil, grapefruit seed extract, Vitamin E and a couple drops of your favorite essential oil, but I like mine plain and simple.

Once it’s all completely melted, pour into glass containers (wide enough to get your fingers into) and let cool. Then you’re done!

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I’ve been pretty much exclusively using this simple DIY moisturizer every day for the past couple of years, and I love everything about it- its subtly sweet smell, creamy texture, all-around usefulness and utter simplicity. I hope you love it too!

Please tell me in the comments below how you use your beeswax and coconut oil cream! I’m always looking for new uses  😉


6 thoughts on “Beeswax & Coconut Oil Face Cream

  1. well, I was so excited about this I did it right away. The only problem I had was that the coconut oil and the bees wax and honey did not emulsify together. The oil kept separating from the wax and honey even after I kept it in the heat a long time and used a tiny whisk? Any suggestions? Thank you, AnnaT

    • Hi Anna! So happy you tried my recipe! I have never added honey to the mix, only the beeswax and coconut oil, so that must be why it wasn’t emulsifying correctly. Maybe try adding more beeswax and coconut oil? I hope that helps! But regardless of the texture, it will certainly be a treat for your skin. It sounds like the making of a wonderful overnight cream!

  2. Also, is it okay that a little honey was in the mix? I used raw honey comb left over from a container of raw honey we eat, but it had a little honey left in it too. 😉 Thanks, Anna

    • Hi again Anna! I just responded to your other comment, but in case you don’t see that I’ll repeat it here- I’ve never added honey to the mix so that must be why the texture is off. I would try adding more coconut oil and beeswax to balance the honey. You may also need to heat it for longer (but still at a low temperature) if you’re using honey comb, as there’s less surface area with that than the flaked beeswax I use. Everything really needs to melt down before you pour it into its storage containers. But, as I said before, regardless of the texture, you’re going to have a wonderful treat for your skin! I would just give it a good rub in your palms to heat it up naturally before applying to your face or body. Hope that all helps!

      • Okay, next time NO honey. It just turned out to be a sticky mess on my face! Lol felt nice at first but then dried really sticky and tight and felt like I had a facial mask on. I went to bed with it on and had to get up and wash my face after about an hour of my face sticking to my pillow case Lol

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