This science Sunday we worked with honey and beeswax. We learned about the many uses of honey and beeswax and how they can benefit us, and then we used what we learned to make a few things we will be giving out for Valentines day. With the beeswax we made candles and lip balm. With the honey we made soap and added a little honey to some of the lip balms. Below are photos of the projects we did and the details. Most everything we used (including the silicone molds) can be found on the Amazon shopping list also below. You can also download a copy of the facts we focused on to print out yourself as well as the worksheet we used and a new coloring pack and educational bee YouTube playlist. We’ll be using more honey and beeswax in some upcoming DIY V-day gifts over the next 2 weeks as well!
Everything was very simple to make but the soap was the most simple. I got pre-made melt and pour honey soap on Amazon. You can use the soap as is or add scented products, lotions etc. We choose not to add anything in the ones pictured here but did add some lotions in others. After its cut into smaller pieces you simply microwave and pour into the molds. It took a while to harden but turned out very well. This soap is great for dry skin, acne and other similar skin conditions. We made some glitter soap on a rope to give as Valentines day gifts as well as a few others.
The candles were also fairly easy. Just melt, pour and wait to harden. I found a great DIY beeswax candle kit on Amazon reasonably priced. There are a few ways you can use to melt the wax. We used the melting technique suggested in the manual that came in the kit, submerging the melting pot into coiling water. It took longer that other methods but worked very well ultimately. It harden very quickly. To insert the wick I used a heated skewer to create a hole since adding it before pouring would have meant they would have to be used upside-down. We added a bit of color using bees wax crayons.
To make the lip balm we used olive oil, beeswax and honey. The honey is optional. For every 1tbsp of beeswax add 3tbsp of oil and 1tbsp of honey. of be Melt the beeswax in the olive oil, once melted pour into container and add honey. Stir the honey in well and let dry. The whole family included some of the extending family was in on this project and everyone really enjoyed the feel and scent of the lip balm. My husband currently has very dry lips but HATES any type of balm or chap stick, however the youngest made him some so of course he tried it out, anything for the kiddos. I was very surprised at how much he liked the balm. He said the dryness felt better after only a few moments of wearing the balm and it is much less greasy than others.
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