How to make a beeswax emulsifier

Written by shannon moudry
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Beeswax is often used in products such as cosmetics and lotions, to thicken them or to help the other ingredients to blend. Beeswax is not a true emulsifier by itself and needs to be combined with other ingredients.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Large pot
  • Wire rack
  • Two tall glass containers
  • Beeswax
  • Power whisk
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Borax

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  1. 1

    Place a wire rack in a large pot, fill the pot about ... full of water and bring to a boil.

  2. 2

    Put approximately 26g of beeswax in a tall glass container, set the container in the boiling water and heat to 70 degrees C, to melt the beeswax.

  3. 3

    Pour 2 to 3g of borax and 20ml of water into another tall glass container. Set the container in the boiling water until the temperature reaches 70 degrees C and the borax is fully dissolved.

  4. 4

    Remove both containers from the boiling water. Pour the borax mixture slowly into the melted beeswax, while stirring briskly with a power whisk for about 10 minutes. Stir intermittently as the mixture cools.

Tips and warnings

  • It can take awhile to figure out the right proportions for each product you make, as there is no exact science to making the beeswax emulsifier.
  • Too much borax can make a product gritty, and too much beeswax can make a product too thick to use.

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