I absolutely love wooden… everything, really. Furniture, staircases, combs, floors, panelled walls, cutting boards, salad bowls, utensils, whatever. You name it, and I’d like to see a wooden version of it. Wood just has a fantastic sheen and natural character to it, and I far prefer it to plastic. Personally I think painting wood is a tragedy, but I’m sure I picked that up from my dad, who is a fantastic woodworker. He filled my childhood home with exquisite French doors, cupboards, and cabinets, all unpainted to let the beautiful wood grain shine through. That entire house has a lovely glow to it that comes from well polished wood. It’s wonderful.

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Anyhow, the thing about wood is that is does need to be cared for. Especially when it’s getting a lot of use, as wooden cutting boards and salad spoons do, wood tends to dry out and lose its lustre. That is where this wonderful polish comes in. Made from olive oil, beeswax, and orange wax, it brings wood right back to life. And, best of all, the orange wax imparts a delicious orangey scent that helps deodorize cutting boards that have seen too much garlic as of late.

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The polish comes together in a flash—melt everything together, pour it in a tin, and let it set up. That’s it! To use, buff it into tired looking wooden cutting boards, let it soak in, and then buff off any extra. The orange wax will stain light coloured fabrics, so be sure to use a rag.

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Because the orange wax does have photosensitizing properties, I’d limit the use of this polish to kitchen implements that are washed relatively frequently—I’d be worried about a table taking on a bit of bleaching in the shape of the nearest window’s panes or something.

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Orange Wax Wood Polish

15g beeswax
15g orange wax
35g olive oil

Melt everything together in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Let set up.

To use, buff onto wooden kitchen implements, let soak in, and buff off any excess.

If you don’t have orange wax, you can use 50g of olive oil and 10 drops orange essential oil.

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