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


  • 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


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.

About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog,