Step 1: What you need
- oil (I used canola)
- a tin can
- heat source
- something to handle can with (I used my letherman)
- other waxy product. Balm, old chap stick, etc. (in my case I used badger balm)
Amounts are variable dependent on what you need
Step 2: Mix it up
Make sure to remove the label, you don't want it catching fire. Also, remember what your mom told you about the tin cans; "they are sharp", I crimped the edge of mine with my letherman. (after I cut myself not paying attention)
I used about 3g of white candle wax. I save my wax from burn out candles to later melt down and make into new candles so I already had this around. I'm sure you could use whatever color you wanted to match your shoes but the advantage of white wax is that it works for all colors.
I covered the bottom of the tin with canola oil, probably about a table spoons worth. You need something to cut with the candle wax and soften it up. Canola is a nice and clean oil that isn't sticky. This worked out close to a 50/50 mix.
And I added about a 1/4 a teaspoon of 'badger balm' (virgin olive oil, natural beeswax, castor oil, aloe vera extract, and essential oil of sweet birch) This added a little 'smell good' to my polish but isn't necessary. It also helps soften the candle wax.
Put it all in the can and on the stove at a low temp. Let it all melt and become clear.
Step 3: Use
You can start while its still liquid. You will see your wax solidifying while you polish. As it cools it will darken but that isn't a problem (in the can, not on your shoes). You can use it when it is completely cool but it's easiest to use while its still soft. I actually put mine back on the stove for a minuet to soften it up again before starting on the other boot.
With the oil and wax this probably also does some nice water proofing but I didn't test that out.
There you go!! Shiny boots and just the amount of polish you need without heading to the store.
(probably could throw a good wick in the middle and have a nice candle too)