Beeswax Alchemy How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive

Beeswax Alchemy by Petra Ahnert

How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive

Format: Paperback / softback, 136 Pages
ISBN: 9781592539796
Publisher: Quarry Books
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Modern beekeepers - take notice! Here we have the answer to one of the most common questions related to beekeeping: what do I do with all of this beeswax?

In fact, the possibilities are seemingly endless! Since beeswax has multiple holistic and decorative uses, projects can vary from beeswax balms and beeswax creams, to household items like the classic beeswax candle. Beeswax Alchemy is your first step towards using excess beeswax to make beautiful, wellness boosting gifts for friends, family, and even yourself.

Not a beekeeper? Don’t worry, this guide works just as well with store bought beeswax!

The DIY beeswax projects are almost never ending, so grab some beeswax and get fired up!

Petra Ahnert is the creative force behind Beehive Alchemy (, a growing artisan soap, body care, and home goods business. After a serendipitous meeting with a beekeeper at the library in 2002, Petra soon had a couple hives of her own and extra honey to sell. Of course, with the honey, comes beeswax, too so she sought out ways to make good use of the wax she had on hand. Since that time, Petra has first looked to her own life and products she uses to replace them with items she could make herself with the honey and beeswax she had on hand. Eventually, those products made their way into the product line-up for Beehive Alchemy.

Format: Paperback / softback, 136 Pages
ISBN: 9781592539796
Illustrations: 150 color photos
Size: 8 in x 10 in x 0.5 in / 203.2 mm x 254 mm x 12.7 mm
Table of Contents
Beeswax Alchemy. 1
Preface. 6
 Introduction to Beeswax. 7
Brief history of Beeswax. 9
 How beeswax is used today. 10
The Wax. 12
 Where to get it and what it will look like. 12
Beekeepers Wax. 12
Candle Wax. 13
White Wax. 13
Brood Wax. 14
Insider tips. 14
                Recipe Usage Guide
Small amounts of beeswax. 14
Use the Freezer. 15
Protect Surfaces. 15
Cleaning up utensils. 15
Candle making. 15
Rolled Candles. 16
Rolled Taper Candles. 16
Rolled Pillar Candles. 17
Molded Candles. 18
 Votive candles. 18
Molded Pillar Candles. 19
Hand Dipped Candles. 21
Hand dipped Taper Candles. 21
 Hand dipped Birthday Candles. 23
Balms and Glosses. 24
 Lip balm (In tubes). 24
Basic Lip Balm.. 24
Lip Balm with butters. 25
Lip Gloss. 26
Solid Lotion Bar. 26
 Solid Lotion Bars. 27
Massage Bar. 27
Cuticle Balm.. 28
Heel Balm.. 29
Chest Rub. 29
 Non-Petroleum Jelly. 30
Salves, Creams and Scrubs. 30
Salve Master Recipe. 31
Oil Herbal Infusion. 31
All-purpose salve. 32
Cracked skin salve. 32
Burn salve. 33
Itch soother. 33
Rosebud salve. 34
 Woodworkers Salve. 34
Icy Joint & Muscle Balm.. 35
Emulsifying sugar scrub. 35
Beeswax Cream.. 36
Solid natural Perfumes. 38
 Solid perfume base balm recipe. 38
Solid Perfume master recipe. 39
Perfume essential oil blends. 39
Soaps. 41
 Starter Recipe (no beeswax or honey). 43
 Honey and Beeswax soap (Cold process recipe). 45
 Honey, Oats, and Beeswax soap (Hot process recipe). 46
 Home Products. 47
Beeswax Ornaments. 48
Beeswax dipped leaves. 48
Beeswax Pinecone Firestarters. 49
 Beeswax Luminaries. 50
Cutting board conditioner. 51
 Solid wood Polish. 51
Wood conditioner cream.. 51
 Beeswax Polish. 51
 Waxed fabric. 52
Waterproof sneakers. 52
Waxed Cotton Sandwich Wraps. 53
Beading and sewing. 54
 Thread conditioner. 54
 Batik. 55
 Batik Napkins. 56
 Batik Dish towels. 57
Encaustic. 59
 Encaustic medium.. 59
 Master batch. 60
Encaustic paints. 60
Painting with Encaustics. 61
 Encaustic collage. 62
 Recipe Usage Guide. 63
 Using Percentages. 63
 Ingredient Guide. 64
 Butters. 64
 Oils. 64
 Miscellaneous. 68
 Fatty Acid Glossary. 69
 Herbs. 70
 Essential Oils. 71

"...a fabulous book with instructions and excellent photos on virtually any product one might wish to make from beeswax. It is so well written I never lost interest and was not tempted to skip around or to hurry to the end. The photos in the book are outstanding and make it even more professional and informative." - Suzanne Finley, Saponifier Magazine

"Beeswax is a wonderful, malleable and beneficial product that has a wide array of possible uses. This attractive book has a lot to offer for the intermediate do-it-yourselfer. In her debut book, businesswoman Ahnert provides an excellent introduction and solid technique instruction to make candles, lotions, and soaps with beeswax. VERDICT The true strength of this book is its instructions for making homemade body products. While similar in coverage to Leeann Coleman and Jayne Barnes's Honey Crafting, Ahnert's book provides better body products and more detailed technical instruction. Strongly recommended." - Library Journal

"This book basically lets you become your own Burts Bees, but better, with clear instructions on how to make candles, soaps, salves and creams out of beeswax and much, much more! Beeswax candles help clean the air, beeswax salves have anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral benefits. For people who have allergy problems, beeswax is a "go to" product. Once I started looking into the benefits of beeswax products, it made me realize all the man-made chemicals in those same products bought at a store." - Jeannie Boutelle (The Local Beet blog)