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.
*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.
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!
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!