- 1 part beeswax
- 4 parts oil, options include Flax oil, olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, walnut oil, etc
Fill a measuring cup with one cup of your chosen oil. This Can be boiled Flax oil which turns out a creamy brown; Jojoba oil is clear while olive oil is greenish/yellowish. Flax oil is my preferred choice and I get this on line from http://www.flaxfarm.co.uk/ . I buy their oils for my horses - a cup for them and a cup for my polish!
Use a cheese grater and shave your beeswax or pound it into bits with a hammer. I bought a cheese grater solely for my beeswax polish making because I don't want to use utensils that touch our food. Getting it into tiny bits will make the melting process go much quicker but this is optional. Add beeswax to your measuring cup until it reads 1 and 1/4 cups. This means you've added 1 cup oil and 1/4 cup beeswax.
Next, you need to melt the beeswax. Heat in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove top. It will need to be heated very hot, beeswax has a melting temperature of just under 150 degrees F. Stir it around and make sure all the beeswax is fully melted and dissolved. Suddenly, the beeswax melts and your mixture will look just like a liquid oil. At this point you can add any essential oil that you love! I use traditional Lavender or Geranium.
Pour it into a container with a wide enough opening for stirring. As the mixture cools, you'll need to stir it every once in a while to prevent it from separating. It will cool down and thicken around the edges of your container first, so scrape the sides. Stirring just a few times over a couple hours is enough. Stirring will ensure an even, creamy blend of your wood polish. If you don't stir it at all, the center will be oily while the edges will be harder and waxy and it is difficult to blend together once it is fully cooled.
About Storage: Store it in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight. Jojoba oil based polish will last for two years while olive oil will last one year. If you don't think you will use your polish very fast and are worried it will go rancid, store it in the refrigerator, this doubles the shelf life.