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
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Things you need
- Large pot
- Wire rack
- Two tall glass containers
- Power whisk
- Cooking thermometer
Place a wire rack in a large pot, fill the pot about ... full of water and bring to a boil.
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.
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.
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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