Beeswax is a byproduct of honey-making which has an amazingly diverse variety of different uses. As with honey, it is best to seek out organic beeswax. Once you’ve got your hands on some good beeswax, you’re spoiled for choice as to how to use it!
Here is a list of 15 ways you can use beeswax.
Beeswax can be used to make candles with a sweet honey scent! All you need is some beeswax sheets, a sharp cutting knife, and a wick.
Healing chapped lips
Beeswax makes for an excellent and 100% natural lip balm. You can use a mixture of different ingredients with the beeswax, such as coconut oil, shea butter and peppermint essential oil. You can experiment with different ingredients and learn to make the perfect lip balm for you!
Beeswax can be used to make beautiful batik dyed fabrics. Using a combination of beeswax and paraffin, you can easily create artful, Javanese-style fabrics at home!
You can use beeswax to make crayons for your children — or yourself, if you want to be in touch with your inner toddler.
A mixture of oil for moisture and beeswax for waterproofing can be used for an easy DIY furniturer polish.
These beautiful Eastern European Easter eggs are decorated with beeswax. The beeswax is applied on the surface of the egg to draw amazing patterns. You can try it yourself this Easter!
There are many ways you can use beeswax to care for your furniture and tools. For rust prevention, simply rub beeswax on hand tools, shovels and the like to keep them rust-free and shiny. If you have a jammed drawer or a zipper, you can use beeswax for lubrication. Beeswax can also be used to polish surfaces without a lingering smell of chemicals — quite the opposite, as it will make your home smell like honey!
Waterproofing your shoes
Beeswax can be used to waterproof your shoes: just coat your shoes or boots with a layer of beeswax, use a blow dryer to melt it, and wait a few minutes to let it settle.
Another way you can use beeswax to treat your shoes is by making an easy DIY shoe polish. Just combine beeswax with oil and some dark pigment.
Grease baking utensils
Beeswax can be rubbed directly onto pans or baking sheets as an alternative to butter or oil.
There are many culinary uses for beeswax. Some French pastries contain beeswax as an ingredient. It is also used in the production of many candies, such as gummi bears.
You can make beautiful and unique letter seals with beeswax. Use them for a special occasion like sending wedding invitations.
Beeswax can be used as a 100% natural alternative to chewing gum. This old-timey treat contains no additives! Chewing beeswax can be an especially useful habit for those trying to give up smoking.
Coating a thread with beeswax makes a good bookbinding spine. A great way to add character to your scrapbook or photo collection!
Make lotions and body bars
Beeswax is a great natural ingredient for luxurious skin products like lotions and body bars. It thickens lotions, helping you get a rich consistency. It can also be used to make body bars which melt at the right body temperature when giving massages. Beeswax body bars can be made by melting together beeswax, cocoa butter, liquid oil and some essential oils. They can be a luxurious gift to a friend who likes giving or receiving massages!