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Mint Body Lotion With Beeswax

January 9, 2011

After several tries – and lots of messes – I think I have finally come up with a recipe for perfect (and edible) body lotion. It’s not that I want to scoop some out and put it on my ice cream, but I don’t want to put anything on my body that I wouldn’t want to put IN my body. Why? Because your skin is like a sponge, and it absorbs everything….  And hey, in a perfect world, someone yummy may want to eat you, so be prepared.

So, here’s the challenge. 1) All edible and organic ingredients. 2) Oils with molecules small enough to actually work with and nourish your skin. 3) Emulsifying agents that aren’t too waxy and sticky 4) Additives that are super good for skin.

I started with a basic lotion recipe that is, essentially, equal parts “water” and oil, but emulsified entirely with beeswax (which I have an abundance of, because of my beehives.) The result? Way too thick and waxy. It looked and felt great in your hands, but you could have used my body as fly paper, and it never soaked in. So I cut way back on the wax and got great moisturizer properties, but it simply was not emulsified enough – the oils and waters were separated, so it was ugly. (Ya, calling beeswax edible is kind of a stretch, but it is definitely non-toxic, and you could eat it if you really wanted to.)

Then I tried emulsifying only with Xanthan Gum. This emulsified well, but stayed thin, which is okay with me – perfect for a pump bottle. But, it was oddly starchy and didn’t really moisturize….

Then I got it just right, by changing the ratio of oil to water, and using only beeswax. And it’s super easy.

I also added MSM powder, which is basically soluble sulfur (that does NOT smell) and is excellent on skin & nails. It is a “magic” ingredient in many high-end lotions and potions, and can be taken internally, sort of a wonder “drug.”

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Blender
  • Pint Mason Jar
  • Pyrex measuring cup
  • Double boiler

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup room temperature mint tea (or any other flavor you like, or rosewater, or plain water…..)
  • 3/4 cup oils (I use equal parts coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil)
  • 2 Tablespoon finely grated beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon MSM granules (optional)
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil (totally optional, and it can be any scent you like.)

METHOD

  1. Measure 1/2 cup boiling water and put it in the mason jar with a couple mint tea bags. Let it steep until you’re ready to start mixing, preferably letting it cool to room temperature.  (You don’t have to let it cool, but you will have to blend longer if everything is hot.)
  2. Put oils and beeswax in a pyrex measuring cup in a double boiler and heat until the beeswax is completely melted and you can’t see it any more.
  3. Once your oils are melted, take out the tea bags and add the MSM powder to the tea. Swish to dissolve it.
  4. Put your tea or water with the MSM in it in a blender.
  5. While blending, slowly pour in the oil & wax mixture in a thin stream, and it will all start to emulsify.
  6. Blend for several minutes, until it really starts to be thick and creamy. Then blend some more, even if you have to stop the blender, stir it around and then blend again. You don’t want it to separate.

Let this cool COMPLETELY before you put it in a closed jar. If it is still warm, condensation will form and you run the risk of if going “bad.”

This will make about two cups of finished lotion. You can easily double it, but you don’t want to make more than you can use in two months. (This will only last me about a week or two…..)

If you haven’t used essential oils, do a little reading. This is not baking, and more will not make it better. Some oils, like peppermint, are actually fairly irritating if you use too much, so really only a drop or two. But you can use any flavor of tea or oils that you want. Rosewater is lovely and mixes well with any scented oil.

*FWIW, I have used all sorts of oil that I have lying around the house to make this. My favorite super simple version is just Grapeseed oil or Raw Sesame oil.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Hannah permalink
    May 17, 2012 10:55 pm

    Hi Alyssa, your recipe sounds great!! I have all of the ingredients to start making it, except for the xantham gum, is there anything i can substitute for this so it will still work?

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