10 Uses for Beeswax

I cant decide what I love about beeswax the most. The rich, yellow colour, the delicious honey scent, or how great it is for my skin. Beeswax is my go-to wax for all things body and otherwise. I like to buy it by the block from local, Canadian producers, and shave it down using a big, sharp knife. Great stuff.

1. Lip balm

Combined with some soft, liquid, and brittle oils, beeswax makes a brilliant lip balm. Learn how here.

2. Wood polish

A one to one mixture of melted beeswax and olive oil makes a great polish for wooden furniture or cutting boards. Rub it on, let it soak in overnight, and then buff it off.

3. Lotion

Beeswax is what makes lotion thick. Learn to make it here.

4. Body Butter

Beeswax does a great job of thickening body butter so you don’t accidentally apply too much. Learn how here.

5. Drawer & window lubrication

A thin coating of beeswax will keep old wooden drawers and windows sliding nicely.

7. Candles

I’ve never made candles, but I know beeswax makes great ones.

8. Bookbinding Thread

Coating a length of thick thread with beeswax strengthens it and adds enough glide to make great bookbinding twine. You can also coat sewing thread with beeswax.

9. Moustache Wax

It is Movember, so there’s no way I’m not mentioning this one! Melt some beeswax at about a three to one ratio with a liquid oil to make yourself some stylin’ goo for your ‘stache.

10. Massage bars

These great bars melt right at body temperature and smell divine. Melt together equal parts cocoa butter, beeswax, and liquid oil of some variety. Pour into a mold. I like measuring cups.

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24 Responses to 10 Uses for Beeswax

  1. I love all this great info about beeswax, I’m going to try a few ideas.

  2. wilma says:

    do you have / recommend a good source to purchase beeswax?

    • Kathy says:

      draperbee.com family owned business on a small farm in Millerton, PA

    • Marie says:

      Wilmaโ€”I always recommend buying beeswax locally, as honey is something that is produced pretty much everywhere! Visit your local farmer’s market, where there is likely to be someone selling locally produced honey and/or beeswax candles. Chances are, they’ll either be able to sell you some of their beeswax, or they will be able to direct you to their local supplier.

    • Debby J says:

      I buy mine on eBay

  3. Trish F says:

    mountainroseherbs.com is also a good source for beeswax. You can also check local craft stores for 100% beeswax where they have candle making supplies.

    • Marie says:

      Thanks, Trish! I always prefer to get my beeswax as locally as possibleโ€”it’s one of the few ingredients that you can source locally almost anywhere in the world, so why not?

  4. Cynthia says:

    I ordered beeswax from New Directions and when it came it was labeled Made in China. I was sorry I ordered it from them, had I known it was from China I would not have, I would rather have a local supplier.

    • Marie says:

      Yeah, it’s kind of a bummerโ€”they do carry a variety of beeswaxes, but their Canadian one comes in massive blocks (2.3kg+) and generally starts around $80 (yipes!). It’s odd that they don’t make it clear where the pellet beeswaxes come fromโ€”they are very transparent about the country of origin for most of their products, listing it right on the product page, but here it is only listed in the MSDS sheet. Anyhow, I’ve never bought beeswax from them because I prefer to buy it locally. We don’t produce many local oils and whatnot here in Alberta, but that is one thing I can get here!

  5. Kim says:

    I bought mine from a local farmers market. If there is a honey dealer, ask them if they would sell you some.

  6. Leslie says:

    First off you have a great blog that is my go to for so much information about ingredients and creative recipes. The downside is I’ve spent way too much at NDA but there are worse things to spend money on! Anyway, question (after much gnashing of teeth): how the heck to keep beeswax blended with other ingredients before the salve or concoction sets? It always seems to settle out or sit in a glob (lipbalm). Today I made a balm with tallow, coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax & essential oils, poured it into little jars and put into the fridge. Shaking the jars every 10 minutes helps a bit but not much. I’m ready to abandon beeswax as an ingredient grrrr!

    • Marie says:

      Hi Leslie! Thanks so much for reading & DIYing with me :) Your beeswax problem is a really odd one, and not one I have. What kind of beeswax are you using? What recipes are you using? Can you give me something that I could attempt to replicate?

  7. sri says:

    Heya.. can massage bars be substituted for soap? Thanks

  8. Penny Yen says:

    Ohhhh…. I am going to make beeswax cNdles when the hot and humid weather is gone!!! I read your post and started the remember the scent of melted beeswax and I am hooked!!!! I read an arcticle from mammahippo (or something like that) and decided to give it a go!!!

    I shall be making them if I ever find wicks in China!!!!!

  9. KM says:

    I’m not sure where to drop this question, so I figured here was as good as any… :)
    I got some lovely beeswax local and am wonder how on earth you manage to get such nice flakes off the block? What is the technique (if there is one)? Or is it simply a matter of manhandling it into submission?

    • Marie says:

      Hi KM! I just hack away at it with a big, sturdy knife, shaving bits off the end and rotating the block as I go. Sorry it’s not an easier solution ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. KM says:

    So, after dropping my question, I proceeded to tackle my block of beeswax with a healthy dose of elbow grease. :) The knife I’d picked up was a good heft, but slightly serrated. I had underestimated how sticky the beeswax would be when trying to cut it… :p The serrated blade got cloggy really quick, so I had to keep carefully cleaning all the wax-gunk off it. So I picked up a smooth blade chef knife and that made all the difference! No more buildup, and unlike the serrated blade, it didn’t matter what angle I cut the block at. Cut straight down and achieved wonderful, smooth flakes! ๐Ÿ˜€
    (In short, you can ignore my previous post… But I hope this is helpful to someone else.)

  11. Irene says:

    I rubbed a plain bar of beeswax onto my new bookcase. Now what do I do? Do I need to massage it in? Will it soften in hot weather and melt into my books if I don’t massage it in?

    ps who could read that captcha code …

    • Marie says:

      Hmm. Because beeswax melts around 63ยฐC/145ยฐF I don’t really recommend rubbing straight beeswax onto furniture as a polishโ€”that’s why I linked to/described a recipe for furniture/wood polish. Have you checked that out? It has instructions on making a polish that’s easier to apply, and then application instructions as well. If you buff it in well and wipe off any excess you should not have to worry about the polish damaging your booksโ€”the wood should absorb it. Also, I doubt your house gets warm enough for plain beeswax to melt :)

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