Homemade Beeswax Lotion

posted by on 04/04/2013 | 23 comments (leave one of your own)

Every person that lives in my house has dry skin. I could probably go out on a limb and say every person that lives in Colorado has dry skin, but I don’t want to make assumptions.

Because our dryness is immune to regular lotion, I researched recipes for homemade lotions and decided to make one out of beeswax.

Here’s what you need:

1/2 almond oil
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. beeswax pastilles
15 drops of essential oil, I used lavender

I ordered the beeswax pastilles and they look like this and were not free.


The recipe I followed called for a cup of olive oil and no almond oil, but I only had 1/2 cup of olive oil in the house, so that’s why I threw in the almond oil because it available and I wasn’t going to the store.

Combine almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil and the not free beeswax pastilles into some sort of glass jar. Place this jar into a saucepan and fill the saucepan with water so it comes up around halfway on the jar. Place this on your stove over low heat and heat and stir occasionally until melted, this took me almost ten minutes.

Here’s a reenactment for you because I did this at night and I forgot to take photos.


Carefully remove the jar from the heat because it is freaking hot (duh) and transfer the lotion to your preferred lotion container and let it cool on your kitchen counter. While it is cooling, stir the lotion every few minutes. When it was cooled, I added the essential oil.

The above recipe made enough beeswax lotion to fill two of these wide mouth half pint jars.  I hoard mason jars like some people hoard whatever it is people hoard to end up on that show that makes you want to dump everything in your house into a dumpster the size of your house. I will probably end up on that show except our guest bed room/hall closet/basement will be filled with mason jars and I will cry while the kids tell me I only get to keep three.


It isn’t so much a lotion as a balm?  Or a cream? You definitely cannot put this in a pump dispenser.


I jacked one of the little tiny wooden spreaders from a package of the SolBites and I have been using that to scoop out the lotion.  This is totally not necessary unless you like to be fancy.


Verdict: We are all using the beeswax lotion and it is rad. I use it every night on my heels and it is like magic. It is fighting our dry skin like a boss.


  • thedoseofreality

    You have inspired me to think about trying this for myself. I could use some soft skin! 😉
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  • Deb

    Totally pinning this. Colorado: Land of Bloody Noses and Lotion by the Gallon.
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  • KMW

    I use organic virgin coconut oil but this sounds like it might be something to try as well! Thanks!

  • Paige

    I have always wanted to learn how to keep bees, but live in suburbia so not happening here.

  • tara

    Holy crap you are amazing! I am totally going to make this! I don’t live in Colorado, but I used to and I agree you can make that statement that everyone has dry skin.

    I want to be a bee farmer too. So you should tell Jeff that you have to for science. And work. And tax write off!! I don’t know if that actually works, but try it and let me know so I can use it on my husband, kthx.

    Also, I totally hoard mason jars. We bought a ton for our wedding to use as vases and candle holders and I kept them ALL.
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  • Leslie

    My husband wouldn’t let me add this to our wedding registry, and I’m still resentful:


    The hat alone is worth the money.
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  • Robin Jingjit

    Nice! Sometimes I don’t even think of trying stuff because I assume it’s too hard. That does not sound as hard as I imagine lotion-making to be! Way to go!

  • Carmen

    I made lotion bars by the bucketloads for Christmas gifts. Everyone loved them – I did them in likttle silicone molds and I used citrus oils.
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  • Holly Folly

    I purchased some beeswax lotion one time, thinking that it would really help with my dry hands. Instead it was like rubbing my skin with a half melted candle. I don’t know if it was particularity
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  • Holly Folly

    I purchased some beeswax lotion one time, thinking that it would really help with my dry hands. Instead it was like rubbing my skin with a half melted candle.
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  • Xae

    You never cease to amaze me!
    I am here, jaw on the floor, because you just made lotion/balm/cream at home!!!
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  • Stef

    First those amazing coconut chocolate chip bars now homemade body cream for my ridiculously dry alligator skin.

  • 5 Monkeys and a Chick

    Tried to Pin, wouldn’t Pin, I need a Pen.

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  • MissCaron

    That. Is. Awesome. Craig wants to keep bees. I told him NO WAY. He can go live with y’all. Also, I’m a bit of a hoarder myself. At least I think I’m bad until I watch Hoarders and then I want to take a million showers. OhmyJesus. Those hoarders always have freakin mice up in their place leaving droppings and roaches leaving droppings and crawling all over things and then they’re like, no you can’t take this empty box of cereal because mama rat had her babies in here and I named them before she ate them and I need the memories. UGH. I would be the worst counselor. I’d totally let them cry and break down and I’d just bulldoze their stuff. It’d be like an episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition where they come back from Disney and it’s someplace new with none of their disgusting stuff. Of course that’d probably make the people jump off a bridge or something but at least there’d be no more hoarding. Too far? 😉
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  • Ellen

    Awesome recipe! TFS

  • Sarah

    I would say that dry skin is the worst thing about Colorado, for sure.

    Thanks for an awesome recipe, but I now have to convince my husband that I really do need beeswax pastilles and mason jars!
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  • Anne-Marie Faiola

    Totally love how this turned out! And, your packaging is super cute. =)
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  • Liza

    Does the lotion have some waterproof properties?

  • Dave

    I was wondering if this lotion is very oily. I just made a beeswax lotion and it turned out with a nice consistency but it is really oily when I put it on my skin. It looks like I dipped my hands in a jug of oil. The only difference between recipes is it used 1 cup of olive oil. Does using 1/2c olive oil and 1/2c almond oil make a difference in how oily it turns out? I used organic unrefined olive and coconut oil in mine. Too greasy definitely.

  • Susan

    Feeling silly here…..but what does “not free beeswax” mean?

  • Lisa

    Hi! I tried this tonight (still cooling) I don’t have almond oil so I used a full cup of extra virgin olive oil (like you said the original recipe was) Granted it’s still cooling, but wow! It seems so greasy from the oil! Any recommendations? Thanks!

  • Rachel

    Thanks for this recipe! I had made some “Burt’s Bees” lip balm, and had leftover ingredients. My husband suggested making a lotion, and i came upon your recipe. I used sunflower oil (instead of almond), since that’s what I had, and used frankincense, pine, and rosemary essential oils, hoping for a manly smell. Well, it smells like honey and rosemary, but my husband still likes it! He’s using it on his face after shaving. It cleared up in two uses an eczema patch my daughter had been fighting all winter. And it even took care of my son’s “dry skin bumps” (not sure the technical term) our 2 year old has. My arms tend to get clogged pores, but even as thick as this balm is, it doesn’t seem to be causing any problems.
    I cut the recipe down to 2 tbsp of each ingredient, both because I didn’t have that much of some of the ingredients, and because I didn’t want it to get funky if we didn’t use it fast enough. It looked like it will be the perfect amount to get us to the end of winter. I’ll be making this again!

    • Rachel

      I will say, the lotion does go on pretty greasy. I don’t mind it on my hands during the day, but for my arms and anywhere else I prefer to use it at night to give it time to soak in.
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