All Natural Beeswax Polish





Introduction: All Natural Beeswax Polish

About: Living the maker's life

The issue:

Had this laying around - a lump of beeswax I got from my grandpa with lots of impurities.
Wanted a finish I could use on food contacting surfaces (I'm planning to make some cutting boards soon).

Step 1: Basics

As I've read on various sources all over the internet the right proportion should be 1 part of beeswax to 4 parts of olive oil.

So you should weigh or in some other way (not sure what?) measure your supplies and go for it.
As you can see here - 30g of beeswax with 120g of olive oil mineral oil should get me somewhere around 150g of polish.
If you're using wax without impurities you may want to grate it.
I used extra virgin olive oil. Any oil would do I guess. The smell with olive oil isn't too nice afterwards, so make your choices. I'd recommend to use something you can get locally, since it's most likely the most fresh and natural.

Update: Just use food safe mineral oil unless you absolutely have to make this right now right there and have no other options. The ratio is the same, it's tested, works and doesn't go rancid.

Step 2: (Don't) Kill It With Fire!

Since mine HAD impurities I placed it over a cloth in an oven. After seeing how much of the wax is left in the cloth, not melting into the oil below I added some more on top (didn't weigh it, turned out ok).

Theoretically beeswax melts at around 75 degrees Celsius. I wasn't too patient, so after around 5 minutes in that temperature went  for up to 150 degrees Celsius. Olive oil smoking point is somewhere a bit over 200, so this shouldn't be an issue.

Step 3: Mix It

After having the stuff melted and in liquid form you should let it cool somewhere. The thing is that you should stir it time to time, so the oil won't layer from wax while cooling.

Since I'm not the tipe to remember to go and stir time to time, I set up an auto stirrer earlier known as turntable. You can see the principle in photos. Pretty simple.

The mess you can see in the second picture is somewhat like consistency of a finished and cooled polish. I turned the stir machine off when the dish was cool to the touch just to be safe about not getting oil layered.

EDIT: From what I remember the cooling time for this amount was approx one and a half hours, so plan your time.
I have an idea of using proportionally more wax to get something thicker and probably giving a better shine. If you happen to experiment like this, please let me know - experience is valuable! (:

Step 4: Use Sparingly

The wooden surface of lamp I made lately was stained and then waxed with this compound. The shininess it gives should be directly linked to roughness of surface you're applying it on. Overall the finish here gives just a little shine over one that had nothing on it, but I've not experimented much with it, so comments with results you had are more than welcome.

Best of luck in your adventures!



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    I want to make wax to treat a finely made cocobolo mouthpiece for a vaporizer.

    I know that the manufacturer used bees wax with medical grade mineral oil.

    Is there any particular type of bees wax, or mineral oil that would be better suited to the application of a mouthpiece: i.e. no effect on taste over time, resistance to temperatures of around 100 celcius.


    Very cool!

    Your next Instructable should be about how to render bees wax from grandpas. I got a bunch of grandpas laying around and I could use some more bees wax.

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    Was wandering around my 'ibles and read your comment... I must say 2 years ago the joke went somewhere around me, but now I'm just sitting here giggling. Have since tried to fix the sentence which provoked this, but am not sure if that worked. :D


    If you can afford some waste - put it in a glass container, melt, then let it cool. Impurities should layer on the bottom, so after taking the lump out of container just cut off the bottom part of wax with lots of impurities and here you go - pure, natural beeswax.
    If I remember correctly - if the wax is left to cool unstirred it should bounce off the glass in at least one place, so should be easy to take out of container (seen in picture).

    I believe you could also use some kind of mesh like I did here, but there's way more mess while using one. :)


    You might want to replace the olive oil in that procedure with mineral oil. Olive oil will eventually go rancid. Mineral oil is a food safe finish. Mineral oil and beeswax is a common finishing for woodturners. Typically it's used while sanding to keep down the dust. It leaves a nice sheen.

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    That would be smart I guess! As far as I've read olive oil beeswax polish will be good for around a year in room temperature or twice that if refrigerated, hopefully I'll use this fast enough, but will probably go for mineral oil if making bigger quantities of this.
    Oh, and never heard the thing about using it when turning wood, will have to try it, coughing from wood dust was never a pleasure. (:

    Take a look at Capn Eddie and Carl Jacobson on YouTube. Both are pretty good turners who regularly use mineral oil and one wax or another when sanding. I'll have to admin that I picked up the idea from them.

    BTW, did you know that Google+ has a community for Wood Turners? Take a look:

    First video I checked there at Capn Eddie and damn, I already feel like my level of knowledge on wood turning just doubled! Thank so much! (:

    Eddie is a freaking awesome turner. There are dozens of virtual pros on the google+ communities. There's another community named "woodturning." I don't know which group was first, but both are great!

    Olive oil does go rancid... you should change the ingredient to mineral oil..
    Olive oil will become tacky and smelly in time.... and note that you can use the "digestive lubricant" (tasteless/oderless) mineral oil sold at CVS or any Rx store. (It is cheaper and no additives) and mineral oil is also 100% natural and food safe!
    here is one I made on food grade finish

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    You're right on that one, but over here in Lithuania wooden surface oiling is still not that popular, so it's hard to get hold of things like that. The only one I found was not odorless. I have checked eBay for it and will probably order some though. (:

    I love the turn-table idea for constant stirring, but I don't think this is necessary... I didn't stir my mixture at all after melting the mixture, and it hardened without any separation at all.. I had no skin forming and no soft spots. It is the consistency of chap-stick...


    thats what I need, thanks :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I have been wanting to try a natural polish. Have a splendorous day!

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    Glad to be of help. Share when you use it, some inspiration is always handy!

    Thanks. Having a turntable made it easier several times already. Everything else is spinning so fast these times... (: