How to Melt Wax to Make Bath and Beauty Products!

How to Melt Wax to Make Bath and Beauty Products!  

Apparently I've been on a tutorial kick.

Last week, after getting a ton of emails from people asking me to clarify how to melt shea butter properly I posted a super thorough and simplified tutorial for melting shea butter.

Today, I'm going to extend that tutorial to demonstrate an effective way to melt wax.

Waxes are used often in bath and beauty products, particularly body butters and lip balms because they're fantastic emulsifiers and contribute to a lovely texture.

When I make my products, I prefer to use carnauba wax and beeswax although there are many forms of wax safe for cosmetic use.

Wax can be purchased in many forms from large solid bars to tiny pellets. I prefer to buy pellets whenever possible because they're easy to measure and melt.

If you don't have pellets, grating a large bar of wax and measuring the portions can be extremely labor intensive. Pellets are definitely easiest to work with though bars are usually cheaper.

How to Melt Wax to Make Bath and Beauty Products!

When you're melting wax, you want to place the pellets (or shavings from a block) into your oil base.

For the purposes of this post, I'm going to ask you to refer to my shea butter base. This could of course be any base your recipe calls for from olive oil to jojoba.

Steps Simplified:

Once my oil base, in this case (shea butter) is melted, I'm ready to add my wax pellets. You want to do this while your oil is still hot even though it is no longer on the stove. (This step picks up exactly where the shea butter tutorial left off!)

Depending on the needs of your recipe, add the pellets by the teaspoon, whisking briskly to encourage dissolving without clumping. If you don't whisk your wax, it can clump.

IMG_1952.JPGOnce the first teaspoon has dissolved down to a cloud of foam, I add the next until I've added all I will need.

IMG_1953-0.jpgFinally, I take a hand blender and blend the mixture on the highest speed. This ensures that my wax dissolves fully and results in a smooth texture for my balms and butters.

Ta-Da!

Practice makes perfect. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to melt wax in your sleep.

Have you ever made your own bath and beauty products?