How Do I Use Beeswax for Waxing?

Laura M. Sands

You can use beeswax for waxing body hair by either purchasing a commercial body wax that is made from beeswax or using a recipe to create your own homemade body wax. Specific body waxing techniques include using waxing strips for removing unwanted hair or applying body wax directly to the area targeted for hair removal. Commercial body waxes are usually accompanied by written instructions which should be followed closely, whereas a homemade body wax may need to be used with instructions found in books or via online resources. You may use beeswax for waxing by yourself or may contract the services of a professional to do it for you.


Commercial beeswax for waxing is often found at beauty supply stores or through online vendors. Beeswax can be found in roll-on dispensers, removable strips or in jars, from which wax can be applied more liberally. Using the instructions that accompany these products, you can remove unwanted body hair in the privacy of your own home. You may also hire an esthetician or a licensed cosmetologist to use beeswax for removing unwanted hair. When instructions are followed closely, these products are generally safe to use.

A woman with waxed legs.
A woman with waxed legs.

Among the different techniques offered when using commercial beeswax for waxing is heating wax to a temperature needed in order to soften the wax and help it adhere to the hair follicles where it is applied. It is important to not allow the wax to overheat to prevent skin from burning. By allowing the beeswax to cool for several minutes, the wax can be quickly peeled away in the direction opposite of hair growth, so hair will be pulled away from the skin at the same time.

Some waxes come in roll-on bottles so that they can be applied more easily.
Some waxes come in roll-on bottles so that they can be applied more easily.

Recipes for homemade beeswax for waxing can also be used. One such recipe requires combining beeswax with honey and strawberries to create a mixture that not only removes hair, but also has natural antiseptic properties as supplied by both the strawberries and the honey. Recipes can be found online or in health and beauty books found in libraries and bookstores. The instructions for using beeswax for waxing recipes is generally the same as those offered with commercial waxes. By applying wax to a designated area, allowing the wax to cool and quickly pulling the wax away from the skin, hair removal can last several weeks longer than with other methods.

Beeswax can be found in jars, from which the wax can be applied more liberally.
Beeswax can be found in jars, from which the wax can be applied more liberally.

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@fBoyle-- I'm not entirely sure because I always buy my wax in jars or dispensers from the beauty store. But I think that wax with beeswax also has other ingredients in it like sugar or honey. So it's not just beeswax, beeswax is only one ingredient.

I do my waxing at home with wax that I buy in bulk jars from beauty stores. I'm not sure if beeswax is the best type to use, but beeswax is beneficial for skin and it might help prevent irritation that occurs due to waxing.


I always thought that beeswax is a type of moisturizer or emollient. How is it used for waxing? Is it sticky like regular wax?


I visit a licensed cosmetologist for my waxing. She does it out of her home, but it's a home office and she has a license. She works by appointment and she's very good at what she does. She only uses a wax with beeswax and heats the wax in a special wax heater that does not allow the wax to get too hot. This is the reason I work with her actually, because of the type of wax she uses. I think that beeswax is the best type for waxing.

I've had my waxing done at salons too before, but I think it's less intimidating to have waxing done at a home environment. I have friends who prefer to go to a salon.

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