8 best ways to re-purpose beeswax candle scraps
Posted by Laura Butler on
Finished burning your beeswax candle? If you’re feeling creative and want to re-purpose the leftover wax, there are plenty of ways to create new items using beeswax pillar candle scraps. The benefit of recycling beeswax is that you don’t require a substantial amount of beeswax to create new products. Due to the dense texture of beeswax, it makes a brilliant type of lubricant that can be used for many purposes.
The following are the 8 best ways to use beeswax candle scraps:
Homemade Lip Balm
Beeswax scraps may be used to make lip balm by adding a few ingredients, such as coconut oil, vitamin E oil/capsules and other essential oils, depending on the texture and aroma. The process is to melt the beeswax scraps at a low temperature on a double boiler and add all the other ingredients except the essential oils. Add the essential oil in last. Consistently stir the ingredients and pour the mixture in a small container or a tube. Once the mixture cools down, it will slightly harden, ready to be used.
You can make herbal lotion by mixing beeswax, almond oil, jojoba oil and other essential oils, depending on your preferences. Mix all the ingredients apart from the beeswax in a bowl. Then add this mixture in with the melted beeswax and continuously mix. Put the mixture in the refrigerator for cooling, and to speed up the solidification process. Once the beeswax lotion solidifies, you can use it as a moisturizer.
You can also make a lotion bar using beeswax scraps by pouring a mixture of olive oil, beeswax, shea butter and essential oils in a mould or container. The lotion bar can be used directly on the skin as a moisturizer, or it can be used while taking a bath as a foamless soap.
Wooden furniture finish
Beeswax scraps can be used to make great bare wood finish. Mix linseed oil and turpentine in a container, and add melted beeswax into that mixture. You will need to consistently stir the mixture to fully combine the ingredients. Now, close the lid and let the mixture sit for a day. You can use the mixture on wooden items by applying it on the surface using a cloth and buffing off the rest with a micro-fibre cloth.
Kitchen board butter
Beeswax scraps may also be used to make good board butter for your kitchen. If you use wooden utensils in your kitchen, you will know that they can dry out very easily. To keep your utensils in great condition, you can mix melted beeswax scraps with coconut oil and let the result cool for 1–2 days. Once the mixture solidifies, you can apply the mixture to your wooden cooking utensils and let them sit overnight. Keeping overnight will help the utensils absorb the mixture completely. The next day, you can buff the surface using a micro-fibre cloth.
One of the popular ingredients of crayons is beeswax. Beeswax scraps may be used to make colour crayons by using beeswax scraps, mould, colour pigments/dyes and carnauba wax. Beeswax crayons are easy to create, safe for children, eco–friendly, and fun. You can melt the beeswax scraps and add all the necessary ingredients. Pour the mixture in the crayon moulds and let it sit until it cools down. Once the mixture cools down, you can remove the crayon from the mould and start colouring!
Beeswax scraps may also be used for making ornaments. The ingredients you need include beeswax scraps, some cooking oil and ornament moulds. The process is simple – you need to apply a thin coat of cooking oil on the inner surface of the mould and wipe off any excess oil. Then pour the melted beeswax into the mould. Let the wax cool down and remove the ornament later. Different shapes and sizes of ornament moulds can be used to make various beeswax ornaments.
Beeswax scraps may also be used to prepare homemade pomade for your hair. Add an equal portion of coconut oil and beeswax scraps in a double boiler and melt it down to make a mixture. Then, add a few drops of essential oil to improve the smell, and let the mixture cool down. You can use this mixture as both a styling wax and a texturizer on your hair.