There is something about the smell of beeswax that makes a house a home. I just love beeswax with its  rich, yellow colour, delicious honey scent and its restorative qualities, indeed beeswax is my favourite cleaning companion.

Home Made Beeswax  Polish Recipe

Ingredients

  • 50g pure soap flakes (Castile soap)
  • 100g beeswax, grated
  • 500ml turpentine (thismust be pure turpentine – available from artists’ shops)
  • 250ml warm water
  • 10 drops pure essential Orange Oil

Method

1           Put the water and soap flakes in a pan and dissolve the flakes over a moderate heat.

2           Put the grated beeswax into the turpentine in a double boiler, or a bowl over a pan of hot water, and warm gently until the beeswax has thoroughly melted and dissolved. Don’t be tempted to put the beeswax and turpentine in a saucepan over a direct flame, as it is highly flammable!

 

3           When the beeswax has melted, add the soap mixture to it and stir with a wooden spoon. It will be a milky-white colour and should be completely liquid.

4           Remove it from the heat and stir in the orange oil, then pour into clean storage jars.

Simple Beeswax Polish

  • 2 Tbsp finely gratedbeeswax or beeswax beads
  • 8 Tbsp extra virginolive oil
  • 4 drops lavender oil

For a really simple beeswax polish, simply melt beeswax in a bowl over a Bain Marie and stir in the olive oil and lavender oil. Mix well and pour into a glass jar to store. As soon as it’s cool, it’s ready to use.