Monday, December 2, 2013


We melted and filtered beeswax this weekend and made candles, lip balm and lotion. Not only is honey lip balm the best thing I've ever found for chapped lips, it's much tastier than Carmex. Bet it would be great on cracked heels.

Hm, Christmas is coming; Mom might appreciate some. With only three ingredients, it would be a snap to make.

Not only do I love the lotion, it's got no funky ingredients and feels awesome, silky smooth. It works on the face AND my ear infections? Gone. I'd had an "ah-hah" moment recently when I noticed that applying my store bought lotion caused instant ear pressure. My sinuses are clearing now, and during prime mold allergy season, too.

Never thought I'd be whipping up homemade chocolate sauce in the morning with my GF chocolate chip waffles, using wax and honey from my own hives to make my own skin care stuff or grinding my own beans to make flour. Life goes in unexpected directions, but I'm enjoying the ride.

Beeswax Lotion:

1/4 c coconut or olive oil
1/4 c olive oil (or oils of choice, such as sesame, almond or avocado, cocoa...)
1 tbsp grated beeswax
1/16 tsp essential oil, optional

1. Gently melt everything in a jar placed in a pot of gently simmering water. Stir, remove jar and allow to cool.


Mix powdered zinc with the basic lotion.

Honey Lip Balm:

1 tsp caster oil
1 tsp lanolin or coconut oil
1 tsp grated beeswax
1/2 tsp honey

I've always thought that if I ever sold a product, I'd print the recipe right on the bottle. My theory is that I know how to make a doughnut, but if I could buy one I definitely would. Most of us value convenience, and I think it would be a fabulous and fun way to market stuff.


  1. I know you have been going more natural because of the allergies, but wow! You really have accomplished so much and in so many ways. It is so great to see one of my favorite authors publishing and prospering1

  2. Thanks! It's nice to feel good all the time, too. Puts it in perspective when I grumble about being like an old fashioned pioneer. Ah, well. I always liked reading Little House on the Prairie.