Homemade Products

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is easy to make and it is an ingredient of many other products. Naturalists may substitute a natural oil, such as grape seed oil or sweet almond oil, for the baby or mineral oil to create an "un-petroleum" jelly.

  • 1 ounce (weight) beeswax
  • ½ cup baby or mineral oil

Melt the beeswax in a microwave or a double boiler. Stir in the mineral oil.

Remove the mixture from the heat and stir until cool.

Skin Cream

  • 2 ½ ounces (weight) beeswax
  • 4 ounces (weight) lanolin
  • 2/3 cup baby or mineral oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon borax (sodium borate, CP)
  • Fragrant essential oil (optional)

Melt the oil, lanolin and beeswax to 160 degrees F. Heat the borax and water in a separate container to 160 degrees F. Be sure the beeswax is melted and the borax is dissolved. Add the water mixture to the oil mixture while stirring. When a white cream forms, stir slowly until the mixture cools to 100 degrees F. Pour the cream into small, wide-mouth jars.

Beeswax Polish

Beeswax furniture polish with its soft, satin shine is considered the ultimate in wood care.

  • 4 ounces (weight) beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons camauba wax
  • 2 ½ cups odorless turpentine

Melt the waxes on high in a microwave or in a double boiler. Remove the waxes from the heat and stir in the turpentine. Apply the polish with a clean cloth and rub in small circles. Turn the cloth as it becomes dirty. Allow the polish to dry, then buff with a clean cloth. If more than one coat is desired, wait 2 days between applications.

Lip Gloss

Lipstick colors this easy formula for lip gloss. This is a good way to use lipstick that is too dark because the gloss will be a lighter color.

  • 1 teaspoon grated beeswax
  • ½ teaspoon lipstick
  • ½ teaspoon petroleum jelly

Melt the ingredients in a small can placed in boiling water. Stir it well and pour it into a small jar.

Dispersing Bath Oil

Most bath oils simply float on water. Dispersing bath oil mixes evenly with water, clings to skin and forms a thin, even coating.

  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ cup baby or mineral oil
  • 2 teaspoons liquid detergent
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • Fragrant essential oil (optional)
  • Liquid food coloring (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds. Use only 1 or 2 tablespoons of the oil in a bathtub of water. Shelf-life at room temperature is about 18 months!

Chapped-lip Balm

Simple petroleum Jelly is good for chapped lips, but this formula is even better.

  • 1 tablespoon grated beeswax (½ ounce)
  • 1 tablespoon petroleum jelly
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lanolin
  • 3 to 4 drops essential oil blend

Melt the wax, lanolin and petroleum jelly in a microwave. Add the honey and essential oil. Essential oil of peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen and camphor slightly numb painful lips. Stir the mixture until it cools.

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