|Make Your Own, Know What's In It!|
So, I came up with this "recipe" for home made paste wax, although I can't say this is an original idea as I've run into at least 3 or 4 other recipes that are like exactly the same on different sites throughout the years. I find that I like a somewhat softer texture to mine to make it a bit easier to spread, so I usually use 1/4 cup of beeswax plus a teaspoon or two extra if I want added "stiffness", but you could up the beeswax content to make it a bit harder and more "traditional paste wax" consistency just by using more beeswax. If it isn't what you want the first time around just remelt the mixture and add a bit more beeswax. Too stiff? Melt and add more olive oil. Just mess with it a bit until it cools and you like how it feels and applies. Easy as that. And the list of ingredients couldn't be simpler.
Home Made Paste Wax
- 1/4 to 1/3 Cup Beeswax...use 1/3 for a harder paste wax (grated or beads)
- 1 Cup Olive Oil
- 10 Drops Essential Oil of Choice (optional)
1. Place beeswax in oil in a double boiler on the stovetop OR in a microwave safe container (I use my good ol' Pyrex in the microwave for this myself). Either heat on stovetop until the beeswax is totally melted or microwave on high for 1 minute and then continue in 15 second increments until the beeswax is melted (if using microwave method).
2. Stir well to combine the oil and melted beeswax and add essential oils. Mix to combine.
3. Place in holding container of choice (I use a wide mouthed half-pint mason jar for mine) and use as you would paste wax.
Also, if you have the arms for it and don't really want to "make" paste wax you can also go with the more labor intensive route and just take a hunk of beeswax and go over your furniture with that instead. I've done that (and have used it to help fill in some really nasty scarring in my table from the years of use it took from my husband's grandfather before we inherited it), but I find the paste wax is a great way to seal the table back up after I've had to do some serious deep cleaning on the table (to remove say...oh...play dough from the cracks in the table...thank you daughter), without having to do a bunch of heavy duty buffing afterwards (I still DO buff the table after using the paste wax though :).