DIY Wednesday: Beeswax Project #1
Stirring gently over low heat
Right after pouring...remember it is hot.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be sharing some simple recipes using beeswax. Let's see how many things we can make with a 1 pound block of beeswax!
We'll be making lotion, traditional potted lip balm, tinted stick lip balm, a hand salve, candles, and more.
Today's project is the easiest of all: simple beeswax tarts.
These wax melts make great gifts and smell divine--nothing but the pure scent of honey.
We will be using ONE ingredient: beeswax!
You will need a box grater, like you grate cheese with. You'll also need a pan. I use stainless steel for this. Find something to use as your mold. You have many options. Today I am going to use heart shaped tins. You can use scalloped tins (metal), silicone baking molds, muffin liners...the possibilities are endless. If you put these in tins with tops, you'll have a great wickless travel candle. What a nice gift!
This is a 100% natural tart. It contains nothing but beeswax and has a lovely natural color and scent. Unlike traditional wax melts, there are no allergy-inducing fragrance oils, artificial colorants, or anything complicated to figure out. This is different than when you make regular wax tarts--you need to be VERY well-versed in flash points and other critical safety issues before making those. This project is great for beginners.
Let's make beeswax tarts!
My block of beeswax is one pound. I grated 4 ounces of beeswax. It grates into nice curls rather easily--like a hard cheese.
My tins are almost 2 ounces, so I only will get 2 tins out of the project. If you use the traditional scalloped tins, you'll get at least 4.
Using a clean saucepan, pour in your beeswax flakes. Melt over low heat. The beeswax will melt quickly. For tarts, this is all I do. Some recipes call for a double boiler. I do use this method when making balms with other oils and butters combined with beeswax, but it really isn't necessary with this simple project.
Whisk to make sure all of the beeswax is incoporated. Cool just for a moment. Make sure you're using pot holders and the appropriate safety precautions.
Now pour into your molds or tins. Let sit for a couple hours.
Now you may remove from the molds or tins. This isn't necessary if you are keeping the scented wax in a tin with a lid as a gift.
You'll notice that the beeswax, which was a deeper golden brown when melted is now a soft golden shade.
These are great for gifts. You can get a natural wicker basket and put in some beeswax tarts, local honey, organic teas, etc. together to make a wonderful assortment for someone special.
The smell is just heavenly when it comes to beeswax. Such a soft and warm honey aroma! Just lovely.
I typically buy local beeswax at the Rochester Public Market. When I bought this, it was the middle of winter, so I didn't go to this outdoor locale. I purchased this one on Etsy from Pudleduk Soap Company.
You can buy your tins from The Candle Source at a reasonable price. I used to buy the 100 pack since I made tarts as part of my business before it was KZM Facial Care Boutique. I'd get the 12 pack to start. You can pour enough to do 12 tarts...it doesn't take much time at all and you can package a dozen with raffia and a gift tag! I am not 100% sure where the heart tins I used came from, as something else I ordered arrived in them. I know I have seen them here before, though!
If you have read Chic & Green for a long time, you will know that I used to buy LOTS of soy tarts. I used to burn them all the time. After studying soy wax the past couple months more in depth, I don't anymore.
As I get older, my allergies get worse. As with all things, there are even disadvantages to soy candles. As great as soy is, you need to make sure you're getting a certified organic, or even a non-GMO soybean product. Without this information, you may be getting a soy wax--and soy wax is esentially partially hydrogenated soybean oil--that has been treated with toxic pesticides. If this is the case (and most soy wax suppliers aren't selling high quality, chemical free wax), you might be breathing in pesticides.
Why I love beeswax: It is all-natural, renewable, and is ideal for those with allergies. If you have severe allergies, you most likely will be able to burn beeswax candles and tarts (without added fragrance) and enjoy the warm candlight and soft honey aroma. Beeswax also emits something called negative ions. These actually attract and collect dust and other allergens. Beeswax also burns evenly and for a longer period of time.
If you're eco-conscious, you'll also see many palm wax products on the market. While they may be clean burning and are becoming more and more popular, I refuse to use these. The use of palm (even so-called sustainable palm oil) contributes to deforestation and the killing of orangutans.
If you haven't tried beeswax, try it now...why not start with a simple project you can do in less than 30 minutes right in your kitchen?