Just a few simple, natural ingredients are all you need to make this body butter recipe with beeswax! Mix up your own batch of this moisturizing lotion with very little time or equipment.
Living in Alaska, we experience very cold winters and really dry air. It’s so dry here that children can rarely make snowballs or snowmen. The snow just doesn’t hold together, it’s almost like sand!
You can imagine how dry our skin gets in these conditions! Covering up with gloves and scarves helps, but we need reliable skincare to keep us from having rough skin.
I like simple skincare recipes with just a few natural ingredients when I make my own bath and beauty products. These body butter sticks only require 3 ingredients that are natural, simple, and easy to use. Adding a few drops of essential oil makes them even better.
You only need a few basic tools to make most homemade bath and beauty products. I keep my project equipment separate from my cooking and baking equipment to make it easier when I want to work on a beeswax recipe without all of the cleanup.
These body butter sticks are so simple to make and take only a few minutes to melt and mix together. Once they’re poured into the containers, they just need to sit for a little while, and then they’re ready to use!
If you don’t have any empty and clean deodorant sticks on hand, you can purchase them from a health foods store or online. You can also use this recipe with a mold and make lotion bars instead! We just really like to have body butter in an easy-to-use stick form.
I hope you enjoy making this simple DIY beauty recipe! With just a little beeswax you can make your own body butter that will be a great addition to your winter skincare routine!
Health Benefits of Beeswax
We keep our own bees and I love to collect little bits of wax here and there during hive checks. Once I collect the wax, I need to separate it and then clean it so it’s ready to use in my favorite projects.
Beeswax can be used in a variety of ways, most popularly for homemade candles and skincare products. Pure beeswax candles are easy to make and can do wonders for the air in your home. Read this post to learn about more benefits of beeswax.
Beeswax is a natural product of honeybees and has many health benefits. It’s a common ingredient in many bath and beauty recipes including homemade lotion, lip balm, and other skin care products.
Here are some of the health benefits of using beeswax on your skin:
- Beeswax can moisturize dry skin
- Beeswax can protect the skin
- Beeswax can soften skin
- Beeswax is a good choice for sensitive skin
- Beeswax can help relieve skin issues including psoriasis and eczema
- Beeswax can benefit all skin types without causing skin irritation
Using pure beeswax from our bees is a wonderful way to keep our skin healthy and moisturized during the long, cold Alaska winters. This body butter recipe with beeswax is one of my favorite ways to use it.
If you cannot collect your own beeswax, be sure to purchase only 100% pure beeswax from a reputable source.
Ingredients for Body Butter Recipe with Beeswax
Here are the ingredients that you’ll need for this homemade body butter recipe with beeswax. They are all-natural ingredients and you should be able to purchase them from your local health food store; if not, you can order them online.
These ingredients are common in many homemade bath and body products so you can use them in many different ways.
- Sweet Almond Oil- You can use coconut oil instead, just double the amount if it is solid.
- Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, or Shea Butter- You can use just one or a combination of these. I find Shea butter to be the easiest to scoop and measure but they all work just as well!
- Beeswax- Make sure you are using 100% natural wax from a reputable source if you’re not using your own. Read all about how to separate beeswax and then clean beeswax in these posts.
- Essential Oils- This is optional but a small amount adds a lovely scent to the body butter. Lavender is always a calming scent to add to homemade bath products. Feel free to use your favorite oil or a combination of natural oils for different scents.
Tools You Will Need
- Electric Burner- I like to use an electric burner whenever I’m making homemade products or working with beeswax. I don’t have to worry about making a mess on the stovetop this way.
- Small saucepan- I keep a small, inexpensive saucepan for making homemade products using beeswax to keep our other pots and pans clean. Although these ingredients are natural and won’t harm cookware, beeswax residue can be difficult to clean completely so it’s nice to have a dedicated pot for these projects! A double boiler will work as well.
- Measuring Spoons- You can use your regular measuring spoon set as these are all-natural ingredients and will wash easily off of your utensils. However, if you plan to make homemade bath and beauty recipes often, it is nice to have a dedicated set of measuring spoons just for that purpose.
- Mixing Spoon- Any small spoon will work to stir the ingredients together as they melt.
- Empty Deodorant Sticks- You can reuse empty deodorant sticks or purchase them from a local health food store or online. Once they’re empty, you can reuse them over and over again. If you don’t want to make this lotion in stick form, you can use a mold to make lotion bars instead!
How to Make Body Butter with Beeswax
The whole process only takes about 10 minutes so you can quickly whip up small batches of body butter sticks in no time! This recipe makes 2 sticks but can easily be doubled or even tripled to make more for storing away or gifting to others.
- Gather all of your equipment and set it up before you get started. I like to lay down an old tea towel or some parchment paper under the electric burner to keep the countertop clean.
- Measure the almond oil, shea butter (or whatever type you are using), and beeswax into the small pot or saucepan.
- Place the saucepan onto the burner and turn the burner on low. These ingredients will melt quickly and beeswax can burn easily so avoid using high heat.
- Stir occasionally until all of the ingredients are melted together.
- Turn the burner off and remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Drop in the essential oil, if using, and stir to combine.
- Set up the 2 empty deodorant sticks on the tea towel or parchment paper.
- Very carefully pour the melted ingredients from the saucepan into the 2 deodorant sticks, filling to the top.
- Allow the body butter sticks to sit for 1 to 2 hours undisturbed until they harden completely.
- They are now ready to use! Enjoy and then store in a dry, cool place. They have a shelf life of up to one year.
How to Use a Body Butter Stick
Once your body butter stick is solid, twist the bottom to push it up, the same as deodorant. Be careful not to push it up too far, just a little at a time.
Gently rub the stick on the backs of your hands, arms, or wherever you need to moisturize. Return the lid when done to keep the body butter clean and store it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight so that it doesn’t start to soften. Use it for up to one year.
Once you’ve used it up, mix up a new batch and refill your containers. Continue to use them over and over!
One of our favorite reasons for using body butter sticks is that they keep the palms of our hands from constantly having lotion on them. We often need to moisturize the backs of our hands during the cooler months but don’t always want our palms creamy!
These sticks allow us to put lotion on quickly and easily and then move on to whatever we were doing. There’s no greasy feeling. These are my girls’ favorite so they each have their own to use throughout the day if their hands get dry.
These homemade beeswax body butter sticks also make a thoughtful homemade spa gift. Feel free to add a label to the container and pass them on to friends or family who would enjoy some homemade natural skincare.
You can make a small batch of the body butter or double or even triple this recipe to make multiple sticks to gift to others. Add to a gift basket of other homemade products for a unique and useful gift for anyone wanting to enjoy a healthier lifestyle!
Body Butter Stick Recipe with Beeswax
- 2 Empty twist-up (deodorant) containers
- Electric burner (optional)
- Small saucepan
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing spoon
- 3 tbsp Sweet almond oil (or coconut oil)
- 6 tbsp Mango, shea, or cocoa butter
- 6 tbsp Beeswax
- 4 drops Essential oil (optional)
- Measure oil, butter, and beeswax into the saucepan.
- Turn the burner to low heat and stir until the ingredients are melted completely.
- Remove from heat and stir in your favorite essential oil, if desired.
- Carefully pour into both twist-up containers until full to the top.
- Allow them to sit undisturbed for 1 to 2 hours or until completely cooled and hardened.
- Twist up a little at a time and rub on the back of your hands or anywhere on your skin that needs moisturizing.
- Keep the cap on when not in use and store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.