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2 ounces beeswax
1/2 pint turpentine
About 1/4 ounce Essential Oil - more or less to your personal taste


Grate or slice the beeswax, put the wax and turpentine into a pan and melt slowly. The turpentine is flammable so it's best to use a double-pan or put the mixture into a boil and heat it over a pan of hot water. Let it cool and before it goes completely hard add any Essential Oil you like -I use lavender. Mix it well as it hardens and it turns into a thick cream. It takes a fair bit of effort to get a shine and it tends to feel slightly sticky for several days after you apply it. The smell of turpentine goes within a few hours of using it.

To produce a softer cream polish that is easier to use: add 1/4 pint hot water and a tablespoon of soap to the mixture above (dissolve the soap in the hot water and beat that into the wax and turpentine mix).

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