Measurement conversions for beeswax

        1 Tablespoon   =  ½ ounce  

       2 Tablespoons  =  1 ounce

        ¼ c  (4 Tblsp)  =  2 ounces

   ½ cup  (8 Tblsp)   =  4 ounces (¼ pound)

     1 cup (16 Tblsp)  =  8 ounces (½ pound)

   2 cups (32 Tblsp)  = 16 ounces (1 pound)


Simple petroleum jelly is a good clear lip gloss.  Lipstick colors this formula.  This is a good way to use lipstick that is too dark because the gloss will be a lighter color.

1 tsp shredded beeswax

½ teaspoon lipstick

½ teaspoon petroleum jelly

Melt the ingredients in a small can placed in boiling water.  Stir it well and pour it into a small jar.

I’ve had many individuals ask about specific uses for beeswax.  I’ll be the first to admit I am in no way an expert on all the various uses of beeswax.  There is a marvelous book Super Formulas Arts & Crafts…How to make more than 360 useful products that contain honey and beeswax by Elaine c. White.  The book is no longer published.  I searched for permission on adding some of her recipes to our website.   I received permission as long as I credited her and the book.  Below are several of the recipes I’ve been asked about.  I have not specifically used all these recipes.

Beeswax Recipes

Looking for a specific hard to find recipe or you have one to share….email me and I will see what I can find in my resources.


1 ounce (weight) beeswax

1 teaspoon rosin or propolis scrapings

This slightly sticky wax holds bow strings together.

Melt the ingredients in a microwave or in a small can placed in boiling water.

Pour the beeswax into a mold (muffin tin works well) and let it cool.  Rub bow strings with the block of wax so that heat is generated and the wax adheres.


Candle-making suppliers sell frames to make dipped candles, but a few dipped candles can be made without special equipment.  


STEP 1: Choose a container for the wax that is tall and thin so that the entire length of the candle can be dipped.  Use 24-ply flat-braid wicks for candles up to one-inch in diameter.

STEP 2:  Make a double boiler by placing the can in a pot and by placing wooden strips beneath the can to raise it an inch or so from the bottom.

STEP 3:  Add wax to the can and add water to the pot.  Heat the wax until its temperature is between 155 & 165 degrees F. Place the wick in the wax and allow it to soak for about 5 minutes.

STEP 4: Remove the wick, straighten it and TIE a weight to the end.  Dip the wick into the wax and immediately remove it in a smooth motion.  The wick should be dipped to the top of the candle each time and allowed a minute (or more) to cool between dips.  Continue the dipping process until the candle is a little larger than a pencil.  Clip the wick at the base to remove the weight and to flatten the base of the candle.  Continue dipping until the candle is the desired diameter.  A 3/4” diameter candle will require about 25 dips.

STEP 5: Cut the base of the candle flat and dip it one or two more times to finish it.  A small drip of wax should remain on the base.  This is attractive and a trademark of hand-dipped candles.

Note from Deb: be careful that your pot for water is not a lot larger than the beeswax holding can, you don’t want the wax can to be floating around.

Go to our Buy Beeswax page for purchasing bees wax for your next project.


With age and exposure, leather such as work shoes, hunting boots and baseball gloves becomes hard.  This formula softens leather makes it waterproof.

1 ounce (weight) beeswax

8 ounces (weight) petroleum jelly

Melt the ingredients in a microwave or double boiler.  Brush the hot mixture onto the leather and allow it to penetrate.  If possible, place the item in hot sun to help the mixture penetrate the leather.  Polish the leather with a cloth to remove excess waterproofing.


After the air-drying period, when the cheese has developed a hard, dry rind, it must be protected with wax to prevent mold and further drying.

Ounces by weight:

13.5 ounces beeswax

2.5 ounces vegetable shortening

Heat the ingredients in an oven at 200 degrees F. Until combined.  Remove the wax from the oven and wait for it to reach 160-180 degrees F.  Dip the cheese and remove it with one quick, smooth motion.  Repeat this step until the wax is about 1/16th inch thick.


Warm wax treatments are approved by the Arthritis Foundation to help relieve sore, painful joints caused by arthritis.  Wax treatments provide moist heat, increased blood circulation, and ease stiffness due to joint inflammation.

5 pounds wax

2 cups mineral oil

STEP 1:  Melt the ingredients in an oven set between 170-200 degrees F. Stir to mix the oil and wax.

STEP 2: Remove the mixture from the oven and allow it to cool until there is a film of cooled wax on the surface (about 125 degrees F.) Test the wax to be sure it is very warm, but not uncomfortable.

STEP 3: The body part treated must be clean and dry. Dip the body part into the wax mixture and withdraw it.  If the hand is being treated, keep the fingers apart.  Do this a few more times until there is a thick coating of wax.

STEP 4: Return the body part to the wax and leave it there (15-30 minutes) until the mixture cools.

STEP 5: Remove the body part and peel off the wax.  Save the wax in a closed container to use again.  The treatment may be repeated.  The mixture will melt more quickly now that the oil and wax are combined.


¼ cup lanolin

2 Tablespoons beeswax

2 Tablespoons petroleum jelly

Combine the ingredients and melt them in a microwave or a double boiler.  Brush the warm mixture over leather. Let this stand for a few hours and polish it with a cloth to remove excess waterproofing.

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