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How to make a beeswax emulsifier

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

  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. 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. 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.

  5. Tip

    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.

    Warning

    Too much borax can make a product gritty, and too much beeswax can make a product too thick to use.

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Shannon Moudry has been a writer for over 15 years. She has written online content for Text Broker, Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.

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