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Beeswax salve recipe- 4 stars

Recipe: Recipe from Prairieland Herbs (http://prairielandherbs.com/index.htm), verbatim:

Basic Salve Recipe

1 cup oil
1-2 oz. beeswax

Melt both ingredients together over very low heat until beeswax is melted. Stir well, and pour a small amount into a pot. Test for consistency. If you'd like it softer, add more oil. If you'd like it stiffer, add more beeswax. When you've reached the consistency you like, pour into pots, jars, or lip balm containers.

This is the most basic recipe around, which can of course be changed in many, many ways. First, you can vary the type of oil. Sunflower, olive, safflower, soy, corn, sweet almond, herbally infused, take your pick! Mix and match - they're all different. Experiment until you find a blend you like. You can add fragrance oils for scent, or essential oils for medicinal and aromatherapy properties. Add vitamin E oil (available at your local grocery or drug store), up to a tbsp. or so, for extra moisturizing, scar-reducing, anti-aging and healing properties (plus it will extend the shelf life of your balm - because it is an antioxidant, it helps prevent the oils from going rancid). Add honey, up to 1 tsp, for moisturizing properties and a tiny bit of sweetness. Add cocoa butter super moisturizing abilities and for a delicious chocolate-ey scent. Have fun!

Ended up with:
2 oz. beeswax ($6.99 for a pound at the craft store)
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp Vit E gel
zest of one orange
about 2 tsp of rosemary
(and a few drops of peppermint oil, in half the batch)

Yeah, I just started throwing things in there.

Heated it over very low heat and stirred until it was completely melted.
Poured it into two plastic butter containers.
Since I effectively had two batches, I tried different things. One I strained, and added a little bit of peppermint oil, and the other I left as is.

The Good: Of the four people who tried it, three liked it really well. It's very moisturizing, and smells very good. I'm trying to use more and more natural products, and can you see anything in this that was even slightly suspect?

The pan was very easy to clean up, just wiped it down while the mixture was still warm.

The Bad: The fourth person hated it. Of course, she's also my bratty little sister, and tends to get mad when I do something well. She said it made her skin feel more waxy than moisturized.

Even one of the people who liked it thought it was a little lumpy.

The strainer was incredibly hard to clean, but without it, well, you have zest and herb crumblies to clean up every time you use it. The one I strained didn't take much of their scent at all. Maybe I just shouldn't use herbs, and stick to oils.

I used far too much beeswax, so it's a little funny to deal with. You can't just rub your finger in it, you have to scrape it with the back of your nail or a popsicle stick or something. Once you get it out, though, it's really soft.

To Change: Half the beeswax!! If you don't like the consistency after it cools, you can melt it again and add wax or oil, but I definitely needed to start with less wax.

I guess no herbs or solids of any sort, but...essential oils are so expensive!

Other details:
Smells: faintly like green tea, nice and rich like olive oil. The strained one smells like peppermint; the other smells just fainty like rosemary.
Looks: light, light green
Feels: thick and soft

The stuff I made is really only a 2, but I can't separate it in my mind from the 4ness potential! So, 3 stars.



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