i found out the hard way that when they suggest grating the beeswax first, they aren't just trying to make life difficult for you. it makes a difference (btw, i am just very careful and use the microwave- i am not experimenting in my bain-marie, lol! besides, in the quantities i experiment with, it doesn't make sense to drag out a double boiler. do it like you'd do flammable chocolate
i.e., very, very carefully.)
i make a blend out of sandalwood, body shop indian gardenia, patchouli, rose, and some other stuff to make a waxing unguent for my dh's bald head
- it has a nice glow, instead of an oily sheen. all the bald guys at work (and there are many: for whatever reason, there are a high number of engineers who shave) want some
oh yeah- i use about equal proportions of beeswax and apricot kernal oil.
(when clinique stopped making its 'aromatics elixir' perfume in solid form, that's when i started all this: the stuff is way too strong and makes me sneeze in liquid, but it is luscious and sexy in solid, so i learned to do it. you can try your fav fragrances this way too; it's also a good way to experiment without initially spending a fortune on good essential oils- oh, i want jasmine! but costs too much!)