Summer's Skin Blog
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Processing Natural Beeswax
We get our beeswax from our local beekeeper in it's natueral, dirty, not very pretty state. We need to clean, process and get it ready for use in our products. Today I thought I would share with you the steps so if you have access to natural beeswax you know the easiest way I have found to get it to a usable state.
First off we have to melt the wax down, I have found that an old Crock Pot is the perfect tool for the process. I
actually have two crocks, one for dirty and one for the final "clean Melt" This really helps to make this process easy.
Here is our beeswax, straight from the beekeeper, it's dirty and has grass etc still within the wax. This isn't what you want
to find in a nice lotion in the morning! We melt it down until it actually boils in about 2 inches of water. Once we
get to a nice boil and all the beeswax is melted we let it solidify.
Once the beeswax has solidified we drain the water from the crock and "pop" out the beeswax, you can see the dirt is heavier than the beeswax and collects on the bottom. We cut the dirty wax off and have nice clean beeswax left. (This is actually the second of three dirty boils we will do, sometimes if the beeswax is really dirty we will do four)
Now we move on to the "clean melt". I change crocks and use one that is only used for this stage of the process. The beeswax is melted in the crock without water this time, just the wax. once all the beeswax is melted I turn the crock pot down to warm and let it gently stay in this liquid form for about an hour, this allows any dirt not removed in the boiling process to filter down to the bottom of the crock.
Once the beeswax has been in it's liquid stage for at least an hour I pour the beeswax into silicone ice cube trays. I find the silicone trays make it easy to "pop" the cubes out once they are hardened, where standard trays were very hard to get the wax out of. The wax will harden anywhere from two to three hours, depending on the cube size, until solid and cool. Then I just pop the cubes of clean, ready to use beeswax out and begin the process of creating wonderful skin care products for you and your family and friends.
If you create skin care and can get natural, unprocessed beeswax from your local beekeeper do so, the difference is amazing in your prodcuts! Enjoy~
May 26, 2015
Memorial Day is a time for refelction of our blessings for me, blessings that other people have given me with their lives, that is the ultimate sacrafice! I am humbled to have received these blessings from people I didn't know.
Part of my time was spent in the yard, working on a new flower / herb bed, I do a lot of thinking out there. I'm excited to add another area to our ever growing "yard". When you are surrounded by open fields your yard is not the same as those in "town" and you have to take what you can sometimes (a perfect lawn is not possible with the animals, winds and seeds that are always coming into your yard). But another year and another area added. yeah!!
Well, busy little bees we have been lately!
I have made a simple change in the "cooking" process of our lotions and the difference is amazing! Chemistry has always fasinated me and it still does. How can you have all the same ingredients, in the same amounts, but by adding them at different stages produce such a change? The end result is that our lotion now sinks in quicker and leaves less of an oily feel on the skin, you will love it!!
On top of continuing my mad scientist approach I have been very busy with the formalities of the business as I am working to offer our products on a major shopping site. This has involved more work with the FDA, which is good in the end. More work on our logo and branding, and alot of time!
As Summer's Skin moves forward we hope you will join us on this journey to health for your skin, our environment, and our local communities.
We finally did it! We are now on Amazon.com for your shopping convinience~ I have always loved shopping on Amazon, it's easy, they have all my info, I have recourse with unfavorable vendors, and it really is just "easy". So I had a goal of getting my products there for people all over the country to easily access.
It was really quite a feat actually to get done, they are very particular about who and what they allow on their site, so it was pretty great when I finally made it. I have alot of quirking left to do to get things the way I want them to show on the site, but they are there!
So enjoy the ease of shopping on Amazon for Summer's Skin products, there is a link in the footer of each page on our website to take you right to our storefront.
Honey is a wonderful skin care miracle that many people don't know about. It is
essential in almost everything I make for Summer's Skin. In fact I have decided to begin
a body wash line and it will be focused on honey based washes only. (I'm still
experimenting but you should see it online soon) So as I work with this miracle of
nature I decided to share with you some of the great possibilities for honey in your
beauty and skin care regimine.
1. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the skin and ensures it's retained it in the layers where it’s needed most for penetrating, long-lasting hydration. This is why all of our moisturizing products contain honey.
2. The enzymes in raw honey clarify skin and keep pores clear and clean. Plus, the antibacterial properties of honey and jojoba or coconut oil also prevent bacterial buildup that can lead to skin imbalances and breakouts. It makes a simple, but effective, facial mask.
3. Honey is said to lighten skin, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help to decrease the appearances of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration. I used our Shea & Honey body butter after a surgery on my neck, the scar was really ugly and right on my collar bone so it was going to show unless I wore turtlenecks all the time. After less than 2 months the scar had shrunk, lightened, and is barely noticable now!
4. Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that thwart bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation. It makes a great spot treatment and wash for acne prone skin.
5. Honey's not just hydrating; its antioxidants will repair skin and protect it against oxidative and environmental damage. I have sun damage from years of being very fair and living an outdoor life, honey helps to relieve red spots, lighten my freckles and improve the texture of my skin.
6. The enzymes and nutrients in raw honey give dull hair shine without weighing it down. I like to mix it with coconut oil and shea butter for a pre-shampoo conditioning mask.
7. Honey restores hydration to the deepest layers of sun-exposed skin—and both honey and aloe vera contain powerful anti-inflammatories to calm burned skin and aid recovery. a 50/50 mixture with a little Lavender oil added in will relieve sunburn quickly.
One of the reasons I like our hand processed beeswax is that it leaves so much of the properties of the honey in the wax. The bleached out, white and slightly yellow, beeswax you buy on the market has had all of these wonderful propoerties removed. When we use both our local, natural honey and cleaned, not bleached, beeswax in our products we give your skin a double dose of nature's perfect skincare product, HONEY!
Enjoy the benefits you find for your skin with honey~