Beeswax soap has long been a popular ingredient in natural soaps and other products because of its many benefits. It is eco-friendly and contains no artificial ingredients. It is also excellent for softening skin.
The Benefits of Beeswax Soap and Other Beeswax Products
Beeswax soap locks in moisture without clogging pores. It is high in vitamin A, which encourages the development of healthy cells, and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Beeswax lip balm, while firmer than Vaseline or petroleum jelly based balms, is also a great skin softener and protects the lips from chapping.
Beeswax candles come from an all natural substance, versus paraffin, a harsh chemical. Beeswax candles create a longer burning flame than paraffin candles while also cleaning the air.
How to Make Beeswax Soap
It is very important to wear protective gear while making soap, including gloves and protective eyewear. Beeswax soaps contain lye, which can be harmful if handled improperly. However, if standard safety precautions are followed, soap-making can be a fun, safe activity.
Lye should be kept tightly capped when not in use. Also lye reacts with some metals, including aluminum, zinc and tin. Therefore it is important to choose a safe container for soap-making, such as heatproof stoneware, glass, enamel, stainless steel, and plastic.
Lye can remove paint, so it is important to clean any areas where lye may have come into contact immediately. Also lye can irritate or burn skin. Wash your hands immediately if you come into contact with lye. This is why it is important to wear protective eyewear so your eyes are not irritated or burned by contact with lye.
Fumes from lye can be irritating, but small batches usually do not create enough fumes to be harmful.
Lye can be fatal if swallowed, so of course it is important to that it be kept out of the reach of children. If ingested, call 911 immediately.
Beeswax Soap Recipe
- Beeswax – 1 oz.
- Lye (found where drain cleaners are sold) - 3 ½ oz.
- Olive oil - 6 oz.
- Tallow – 9 ½ oz.
- Water – 8 oz.
- Coconut oil – 6 oz.
- In a bowl, mix the cold water and lye. Heat the mixture and stir in the lye until it has all melted. Let it to cool to 160 degrees Fahrenheit after the lye has melted.
- Melt the beeswax in a second bowl.
- Mix the oils and tallow in another bowl, heating it to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the water and lye into the bowl of wax. Stir for 20 minutes.
- Pour the soap mixture into molds and freeze for two to three hours. Remove from freezer and allow to fully harden for about two weeks.
Beeswax Soap and Glycerin Soap
Glycerin soap contains a component of fat or oil, which makes them translucent. They are good for dry skin because they help skin to absorb the moisture in the air and are gentle on sensitive skin. One drawback of glycerin soap is that it does not lather as well as other types of soap.