[{"id":587234574554,"title":"Simple DIY Beeswax Food Wraps","created_at":"2022-03-11T09:04:43-08:00","body_html":"\u003cp\u003eEasy step-by-step instructions for making beeswax food wraps at home. Beeswax wraps are a great way to reduce waste and keep your food fresh in your fridge or lunch bag.  \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe’ve given instructions for simple wraps with just a beeswax coating as well as a more complex recipe using beeswax, pine resin, and jojoba oil. The simple wraps will work fine at room temperature but may become brittle and\/or flaky in the fridge or at cooler temperatures. Warming them with your hands will help with adhesion. Wraps that are made with the addition of pine resin and jojoba oil will be tackier and likely last slightly longer than the ones made with plain beeswax.  The method is the same for both options and plain beeswax is a great place to start!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIngredients \u0026amp; Materials required for plain beeswax wraps: \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e100% Cotton cloth cut into your desired shapes. Choose one with a tight weave, preferably organic.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e60-90g \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.honeycandles.com\/collections\/beeswax-and-accessories\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"beeswax for food wraps and DIY projects\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eHoney Candles Beeswax \u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSmall pot\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eWide mouth glass jar that fits inside the pot to make a double boiler. Grab one from your recycling.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePaintbrush about 1 or 2 inches wide – we recommend choosing one that you don’t mind sacrificing for the cause.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLarge baking sheet\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eParchment paper\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTongs\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIf using resin and jojoba oil you will also need:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e60g Pine Resin\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e15g Jojoba oil\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis should be enough to make 3-6 large (10” square) wraps\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eInstructions:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003col\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFill small pot with about 1-2” of water and place on medium-high heat.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePut beeswax (plus resin and oil if using) into the glass jar and place it into the pot of water. When the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to keep it at a gentle boil. Mason jar rings on the bottom of the pot will help if the jar seems tippy.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eGently stir the mixture about every 5 minutes until fully melted. If you’re just using beeswax this should take 10-20 minutes but will take longer if you’ve included pine resin as it has a higher melting point.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eWhile melting the beeswax, cut cloth into desired shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Use pinking shears to avoid fraying if desired.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eWhen close to fully melted preheat oven to 300° F.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eWhen beeswax is fully liquefied and combined, use the paint brush to spread melted wax over the cloth sheets, don’t worry if it begins to harden as it will saturate the cloth when placed in the oven. Don’t overdo it, you can always add more beeswax but it’s difficult to take it away.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePlace in hot oven for 3 minutes, remove from oven and flip the fabric using tongs. Add more wax to areas that haven’t been coated and return to the oven for an additional 3 minutes.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRemove from oven and carefully use the tongs to lift the cloth allowing any excess beeswax to drip off onto the parchment paper. Use clips or clothespins to hang the cloth on a string allowing it to completely dry before use.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ol\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eClean up:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eUse dish soap and extra hot water for clean-up. If the mixture is stubborn, we recommend using boiled water to dissolve any residue and then wiping utensils clean with a paper towel or cloth rag. This method works well for cleaning beeswax off anything that won’t be damaged by water.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eClean up will be more difficult if you chose to include pine resin you may need to use rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer to remove pine resin residue.\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":12718637113,"author":"Jill Anderson","user_id":21405368377,"published_at":"2022-03-11T09:31:17-08:00","updated_at":"2022-04-26T08:31:33-07:00","summary_html":"","template_suffix":"","handle":"simple-diy-beeswax-food-wraps","tags":"","image":{"created_at":"2022-03-11T09:31:05-08:00","alt":"","width":1920,"height":1080,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0073\/1575\/0969\/articles\/beeswax-for-making-food-wraps.jpg?v=1647019865"}},{"id":587196203226,"title":"Easy DIY Beeswax Lip Balm","created_at":"2022-03-02T09:43:44-08:00","body_html":"\u003cp\u003eIf you’re looking for a simple recipe for an all-natural chap stick you’ve found it!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWith just three ingredients and tools you likely already have in your kitchen, this recipe for lip balm comes together quickly and makes a great gift or treat for yourself when you need some self-care.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt’s also easy to spruce up with your favourite essential oils if you prefer a scented lip balm, just check that the oils you choose are suitable for application to the lips.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe salve that this recipe produces also works great for dry and chapped hands, heels, or anywhere else you could use a good protective dose of moisture. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eUtensils required:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSmall pot\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGlass measuring cup or bowl that fits inside the pot – we like to use a handled measuring cup with a pouring spout.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRubber spatula – to get every drop!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eChapstick tubes or other clean container to store the balm.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIngredients:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e70g* \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.honeycandles.com\/collections\/beeswax-and-accessories\" title=\"beeswax blocks for diy projects\"\u003eHoney Candles Beeswax\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e70g* Shea Butter\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e70g* Coconut Oil\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e*Note that these quantities are equal and can be easily adjusted for a smaller or larger batch if desired.  \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMethod:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFill small pot with approximately 1-2 inches of water. Add beeswax to glass measuring cup or bowl and place inside pot. If you use a measuring cup the handle can hang over the side, for a bowl it should completely cover the top of the pot sitting above the water. Heat water until it reaches a gentle boil and the beeswax melts.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTurn down temperature to keep water just below a boil. Add shea butter and coconut oil and allow to melt while mixing gently with spatula until fully combined.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to add essential oils, add a few drops now and mix well.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRemove from heat and carefully pour the mixture into your containers (this is where the measuring cup with handle comes in handy!). Allow it to cool completely before use.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eClean up:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eUse dish soap and extra hot water for clean-up. If the mixture is stubborn, we recommend using boiled water to dissolve any residue and then wiping utensils clean with a paper towel or cloth rag. This method works well for cleaning beeswax off most items (provided they won’t be damaged by hot water).\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":12718637113,"author":"Jill Anderson","user_id":21405368377,"published_at":"2022-03-02T09:56:32-08:00","updated_at":"2022-04-26T08:30:07-07:00","summary_html":"","template_suffix":"","handle":"easy-diy-beeswax-lip-balm","tags":"","image":{"created_at":"2022-03-02T10:00:35-08:00","alt":"hexagonal shaped beeswax blocks with honeycomb and a bee design","width":3160,"height":1580,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0073\/1575\/0969\/articles\/beeswax-blocks-for-lip-balm.jpg?v=1646244077"}}]