Recycled beeswax wood polish

gallery image

This summer at Petersham Nurseries Richmond, we have stepped up our war on waste with a number of initiatives designed to reduce our impact on the environment. Using unfilterable beeswax from our own hives together with wasted olive oil that is returned from tables in Petersham Nurseries Café, we have made a natural furniture polish which is used to nourish the wood on our restaurant tables. We are very proud of this 360 degree initiative that uses a resource from the garden together with a spoiled ingredient to create a product that can be utilised with the nursery. As you can image, it smells divine too.

Duration:
20 MINUTES PLUS 2 HOURS COOLING TIME
Serves:
CAN BE SCALED UP OR DOWN DEPENDING ON YOUR NEEDS
Ingredients
1 Part
Beeswax
4 Parts
Oil - olive, coconut, jojoba, walnut
Preparation
1
Fill measuring jug with one measure of the combined oils
2
Grate beeswax and add to the jug to bring the measure up to 1 1/4 cups
3
Melt beeswax by heating in the microwave or double boiler
4
Stir well to combine the melted beeswax and oils
5
As it cools, stir every now and again to prevent separating. Scrape down the sides to incorporate. This should take roughly 2 hours
6
Once cool, rub into wood and wipe off the excess with a cotton cloth