Blandford and Sturminster Beekeepers Association
Blandford and Sturminster Beekeepers Association

Making Beeswax Polish

Type #1


Makes about 3-2/3 cups
    150g (2/3 cup) Beeswax
    600g (3 cups) Olive oil
    30 drops Anti-oxidant such as clear Grapefruit Seed Extract or Vitamin E (optional)
    10 drops Essential oil Woodsy Essential oil blend or Lavender Essential oil (optional)

 

Type #2

 

Put equal amounts of beeswax and turpentine in a container, with a lid to stop evaporation, and leaving it in a warm area where the wax will dissolve into the turpentine. It may take a few days to do this and can be speeded up by melting the wax in a metal container (perhaps a smaller saucepan) as described above and then moving it well away from the heat source and pouring in the turpentine and stirring. Pour it into the final container or tins and leave it to cool and set. A good container is a wide jam jar but any container will do so long as you can enclose it with a lid or the turpentine will evaporate. It’s better to use a little more turpentine than wax because you can always leave it open for a few hours to reduce the turpentine. Apply the wax to the wood with a cloth or soft brush. Leave for about 20 minutes for the turpentine to evaporate off and for the mixture to penetrate the wood and then polish with a soft cloth.

 

Type #3

 

    2 Tbsp finely grated beeswax or beeswax beads
    6-8 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (6 if you want a firmer polish, 8 if you want your polish to be a little squishier)
   10-15 drops of a lemon, tea tree, or woody – like pine or cedarwood – essential oil.

 

Type #4


A liquid beeswax polish:
    50 g pure soap flakes
    100 g beeswax
    500 mL turpentine
    250 mL water
Dissolve the soap in the warm water in one pan, put the shaved wax into the turpentine in another pan and warm gently until the wax is thoroughly melted and dissolved. Then pour the soap mixture into the turpentine, stirring with a wooden stick. When dissolved and well mixed, pour into the storage jars. When mixing ingredients ensure they are of the same temperature.

 

Type #5

 

Use equal parts of:
    beeswax
    turpentine
    linseed oil
Heat the beeswax and add warm turpentine and linseed oil. Stir thoroughly. If this mixture is not solid enough, then either decrease the quantity of turpentine or linseed oil or increase the quantity of beeswax.

 

Type #6

 

    2 oz. natural beeswax
    6 oz. oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, walnut oil, etc.
    essential oil(s) such as lavender, vanilla, sandalwood, etc. (optional)
         For a softer wax, use more oil or a ratio of 1-4 and if you prefer a harder wax, use more beeswax.
Melt beeswax, add in your oil of choice and stir. Remove from heat and add any scenting oils. Pour melted mixture into glass or tin containers and set aside for several hour to let it harden. Natural beeswax polish will last approximately 1-2 years depending on the oil you’ve chosen.  Keeping it refrigerated will prolong its shelf life even more.
 

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