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Making cosmetics

  • Honey bee products
  • Svensson B.
  • 2001
  • Article In Bfd Journal
  • English
  • Bees for Development Journal 60 Text on this website

By Börje SvenssonIt is important to work in a clean room have a good knowledge of the ingredients and products a good awareness of hygiene and a careful approach.Materials neededa Clean beeswax. b Food oil for example from coconut peanut sesame or sunflower and/or paraffin wax. c Herbal oils such as aloe vera clove lavender peppermint rose rosemary or tea tree. Alternatively the leaves of plants used locally as herbal medicines can be cooked in the food oil. d Perfume optional. e A heat source electricity gas or kerosene. f A saucepan for a water bath. g A teapot or kettle for pouring the product into bottles. h Small plastic bottles or cups.TechniqueAlways use as low a temperature as possible and keep the kettle in a water bath. Make sure all ingredients are ready before you begin.1. Start by melting the beeswax. 2. Add the non-volatile food oil and/or paraffin wax. 3. Finally add the herbal oils and perfume just before bottling. 4. Bottle without dripping or spilling. 5. Put on lids immediately. 6. Label all products carefully. 7. Save samples for testing. 8. Market the products with confidence but without exaggeration!Standard recipesSkin ointment150 g beeswax 0.5 litre food oil 0.3-1 ml herbal oil and/or local medicinal oilsLiniment150 g beeswax 0.5 litre food oil and a few drops of camphor Japanese peppermint aloe vera menthol eucalyptus or cajaput oilCosmetic cream170 g beeswax 30 g anoline Vaseline 0.5 litre food oil plus 50 g honey perfumed with herbal oilsWhite creamMelt together 180 g beeswax and 100 g paraffin wax Add 100 g aloe vera 300 ml pure water and 10 g borax emulsifierLipstick150 g beeswax 250 ml food oil plus 50 g honey perfumed with herbal oilsMascara / eyebrow liner150 g beeswax 0.5 litre food oil ColouringShampoo50 g soap Water boiled for 20 minutes before measuring out 1 litre plus 2 teaspoons beeswax 4 tablespoons honey and 0.5 ml herbal oils or perfumeShoe polish50 g beeswax 45 g pitch black 60 g food oil 40 g iron sulphate 0.5 ml thyme oilFurniture polish200 g beeswax 100 g turpentine 50 g food oil[Bees for Development Journal #60]

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