Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive

Featuring over 40 DIY projects that illustrate how to transform one of the world’s most natural ingredients into tangible creations, Beeswax Alchemy is the perfect amalgamation of recipe craft book and beekeepers’ guide.

Considered the miracle of the beehive and used by humans for 8,000 years, beeswax remains a vital ingredient to society and is still used as the foundation for many household products in the twenty-first century. Learn from apiarist and entrepreneur Petra Ahnert about the history of beeswax, as well as tips and techniques on how to mold it into beautiful, reusable creations.
An introduction details the different ways in which beeswax has been used throughout history, as well as the products that contain it today. You’ll also find an explanation of the different types of beeswax, as well as insider tips on working with beeswax, followed by step-by-step instructions for making candles, balms, salves, creams, scrubs, soaps, ornaments, art, and more out of beeswax (either your own or store-bought). Color photos illustrate the processes and show finished results throughout. Among the useful and beautiful things you’ll learn to make out of beeswax:

  • Hand-Dipped Birthday Candles
  • Lip Balm with Cocoa Butter
  • Rosebud Salve
  • Solid Natural Perfumes
  • Honey, Oats, and Beeswax Soap
  • Beeswax Luminaries

Whether you are an expert beekeeper or experimental crafter, Beeswax Alchemy is the best guide for anyone aspiring to make wellness-boosting treasures to keep or gift to friends and family.

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  1. Good, but needs an errata sheet A good book for beginners, but some recipe errors with no errata sheet included. Specifically, the three recipes on page 120 titled “Butters” are identical to each other and same as the Emu Oil recipe on page 122.The next edition of this book could be strengthened by adding two new sections: (1) An introductory section on the best practices for harvesting and processing beeswax cappings, since the book is oriented towards beekeepers. (2) A section on where to…

  2. This is such a great book! If you’re into doing your own crafts … This is such a great book! If you’re into doing your own crafts and have been thinking of expanding to candles, soap and balms – this is the bEST Book to have. I love turning the page to a new craft because each product has beautiful imagery, easy to follow directions and thus far, the results have all been favorable. WHile there have surly been a few “pinterest fails” so-to-speak, As a neurotic jew, I love and appreciate the step-by-step directions as well as listing out the exact…

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