I’m every online retailer’s dream come true. I’ve lost count of the amount of ‘unknown’ packages that have turned up on my doorstep with no prior knowledge of where they’ve come from. It’s slightly embarrassing to be honest, I wish I could remember all the things that I purchase online or at least have a slightly more informed delivery man.
I’ve reminded myself time and time again not to Amazon-shop whilst having a glass (bottle) of vino, because I simply cannot be trusted around heavy retailing. This became very apparent when I mistakenly hit the ‘checkout’ button, one fateful evening, and ended up with a rather hefty supply of extra large catheter bags. Bar the fact that urine bags were not my intention during that purchase, I really do wonder how I ended up choosing the extra large size. Anyhow, with that said, the silver lining was that they arrived at my doorstep 10am the next morning for no extra charge – gotta love Prime.
Unfortunately, whilst trying to purchase my beloved organic Shea butter on Amazon, my fat fingers struck again and before I knew it I had a bulk supply of natural beeswax pellets and bars on my doorstep. So rather than going through the annoyance of having to return them, I thought it best fit to be resourceful and find a purpose for beeswax. Turns out – it’s pretty versatile and I’ve tried all of these hacks myself so I know they work.
So here it goes; my 10 beauty and lifestyle hacks using organic beeswax – possibly the strangest and least requested topic I’ve ever discussed on this blog, but I’m hoping if you like a good hack you’ll lap this up.
- Make your own candles – bit of an obvious one, but how many of us actually indulge in making our own candles? A bag of beeswax pellets will set you back around a fiver on Amazon and one bag is more than sufficient for a decent sized pillar candle. Simply melting the wax with some essential oil and placing a wick in the centre is all you need for a beautifully scented candle without having to fork out £60 + for a designer one. Natural beeswax candles are pretty pricey so you can certainly save a pretty penny by making your own.
- Prepare your bbq – rubbing a bar of beeswax over the grill of your bbq will ensure that clean-up is a swift process after you’ve finished chargrilling your burgers. Stuck on food, burnt coal and grease can all make for a painful task at removing, but the beeswax will not only help the dirt to slide off at the end of the night, it also acts as a cooking aid for meats without adding any additional flavour. No longer having to scrape off the remnants of your bbq will also preserve the longevity of your grill.
- Make your own Play dough/modelling clay – A little essential oil and some colourant is all you need to make your very own play dough/modelling clay. Definitely a safer alternative to the original stuff and much more cost effective to replace. Simply melt all of the ingredients together, allow for it to cool and knead into a pliable dough-like consistency.
- Make your own lotion bars – Much like a bar of beeswax on the bbq, lotion bars are super easy to use and very quick at adding much needed moisture. There are plenty of recipes online to choose from, but my personal favourite is lavender and mint. It makes moisturising a fun task and a little added oil in there can turn these into great massage bars. Melt together coconut oil, beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler, together with your chosen additives. Pour into a mould and allow to harden.
- Reusable food bags/wraps – I go through foil, cling film and disposable containers like they’re going out of fashion and to be honest, I know they’re not the healthiest thing I should have touch my food. I really liked this idea for things such as lunchtime sandwiches, covering leftover bread, transporting fruit or even using as a lid on top of casserole dishes containing left over food. All you need is a bit of cloth (I got a large cutting of material from a fabric shop and divided into equal squares), place on top of a parchment paper. Sprinkle beeswax beads on top of the material (use the backside if it has a pattern). Place a second piece of parchment on top of the beaded material and use an iron to seal in the beads. A similar procedure to iron-on transfers really and they’re easily washable in the machine.
- Refresh your wooden spoons (also known as wood butter) – Seems like a pretty mundane job, but how many of us hate the look of our wooden spoons once they begin to fade (all my OCD ladies put your hands up). Melting beeswax together with some mineral oil, then allowing for the mixture to emulsify creates a wonderful concoction called wood butter (yum, but please don’t attempt eating it). Rubbing this ‘butter’ into your wooden utensils adds a wonderful shine back into them as well as improving their usability.
- Condition and shape the beard – perhaps not my own, although I could do with some myself. For those ladies who struggle with their other halves’ prickly facial hair…or indeed the gentlemen who also read this blog who like to groom themselves – you need to get on this beard conditioner/wax. My husband is a little obsessed with the Tom Ford beard oil, for obvious reasons, but this makes a great (cheaper) alternative. All you need is equal parts of beeswax, coconut oil (use another carrier oil if you don’t like the smell of coconuts) and a few drops of vitamin E. Melt together and transfer into a container so it can harden.
- Polish your granite worktops – Similarly to polishing your wooden spoons, you can also use melted beeswax to polish your precious granite worktops. All you need is melted beeswax applied directly onto your worktop, allow to cool and wipe off to reveal a brand new surface.
- Create your own EOS lip balm – Like most great hacks in life, this one involves the wonderful combination of melted beeswax, coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil (scent of your choice). Once melted, pour into an empty EOS lip balm container, pop in the fridge to allow hardening and use till your heart’s content.
- ‘Seasoning’ your post and pans – beeswax is edible and perfectly safe to ingest; which makes it the perfect ingredient for ‘seasoning’ your pans. ‘Seasoning’ is just a fancy word for ‘treating’ your pots and pan, particularly heavy duty (and heavily priced) cast iron utensils. Rub a bar of beeswax over your pot/pan and heat gently over a low heat. This will add an element of ‘non-stickiness’ to your utensils and provide a permanent layer of wax which will protect them from rusting or getting damaged.