Finally! This morning I made my first batch of Jody's Bee Butter Hand Cream, otherwise and forever known here on my blog as "Dama's Bee Cream."
I doubled Jody's recipe, using 4 oz. of olive oil, about a tablespoon of coconut oil, 1/4 tsp of vitamin E oil, 1 oz. of bees wax, and 12 drops of grapefruit oil. (Hers called for grapefruit seed extract. Is it the same thing? I don't know!! But I was tired of waiting, so I made it with the oil anyway.) I got my grapefruit oil at a healthfood store.
In a double boiler, melt the wax, olive oil, coconut oil & vitamin E oil. When it's all melted (really, only the wax has to melt), remove from the heat. You can do this in the microwave, but microwaves are so modern, and a double boiler is so luxurious, in a culinary sense. If you say "pish," and laugh at me, just try putting some chocolate and butter in a double boiler, and stir it gently as little wisps of steam drift from under the pan. You'll see! Plus, it doesn't beep annoyingly at you when it's done.