vegan beeswax substitutes?
Does anyone know of any good ones? I've used candelilla wax for making herbal salves but am wondering if anyone has heard of or used anything else and gotten good results in salves, lotions, etc.
Back in my salve-making days I don't think I used bees wax for anything but lip balm. What's an example recipe?
Try carnauba wax.
Beeswax Carnauba Wax Candelilla Wax
Melting Point 143.6-149 F 181.4 ºF 155 - 165º F
Candelilla wax tends to be a bit more greasy (imo) than carnuaba wax, so you probably wouldn't want to use it for salves (think lipbalm).
Ive used Shea butter with good results, it isnt greasy to me, but is much softer than beeswax at room temp so you might have to cut down the amt of water
I've been thinking about the shea butter. I wouldn't use it for lip balms or salves because of its low melting point (89-95 degrees F), but for lotion it might be okay because lotion doesn't have to be all that thick. I picked substitutions with high melting points for a thicker lotion, but thin lotions are really nice for body lotion (as opposed to a thicker chapped hand lotion).
Thick/less thick in that shea butter would be a liquid at room temperature in the summer because of its melting point (if you're like me and don't use air conditioning).
Well depending on the recipe you might not have to use a wax at all. Im not well versed in vegan waxes but mountain rose herbs has a great selection and i believe two vegan waxes. If its a liquid lotion you can substitute the wax and part of the liquids with a firm butter like cocoa or shea. I prefer lotion bars but i do plan on trying to make my own liquid/creams soon :). Good luck!