beeswax

Organic Beeswax

This has to be one of my favourite ingredients as is brings a beautiful sweet aroma and rich colour to a whole range of skin care products. I love it in organic lip balms, fragrance-free or naturally perfumed nourishing creams and soothing balms.   It is common to see people make reference to beeswax as a natural emulsifier and while that is true it isn’t totally accurate. If you want to make an emulsion using beeswax as the main oil-water binder you need something else called borax (sodium borate) as it is the reaction between these two chemicals that enable an old-fashioned cold-cream to be made. Basically the beeswax and the borax undergo a saponification reaction (rather like making soap) and the resulting chemical has both oil and water-loving properties (a surfactant is created). This can then hold a simple cream together!

Why not try a little beeswax in your next cream or lip product – you don’t need too much as it can lead to your product feel like it is dragging on the skin, 1-8% should cover almost everything!

We get our Organic Beeswax from  New Directions Australia.

Recipe: Make Your Own Heel Balm

Summer is coming for us Aussies which can only mean one thing. Thong time! If your feet aren’t looking too sweet why not try making your own heel balm before donning the sandals.

* We love Niulife Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as it is 100% certified Organic and Fair Trade. Check it out here.