Bushman’s Balm. Made with Sarcocaulon Mossemedes wax, with no added colours, fragrances or preservatives.
Simple is often best and with only 3 ingredients, this Bushman’s Candle-Lip Balm really shines. The Amber scent of the wax blends beautifully with the sweet notes of the unrefined Ontario Beeswax creating a smooth texture and a sensuous natural accord.
Sarcocaulon Mossemedense is a flowering shrub of the Geranium family that thrives in the hot, harsh and bone-dry Namib desert of Western Africa. The succulent interior of the plant is preserved and protected by a thick waxy, resinous bark which endures on the parched desert floor for many years after the plant’s demise and can be utilized in a wide range of skin-care products
The fallen bark is collected by members of the Himba tribe and often processed into a resin extract for the perfume industry. Collecting the bark provides an extra income to members of the tribe.
However, besides the aromatic resinous material, there is a natural wax present in the bark which is discarded as waste after removing the resin portion for perfume use.
Utilizing this fragrant wax is a simple process and if a market can be created for it, this value-added product could generate extra income for the tribe.
This amber-scented wax is perfect for cosmetics, candles, moustache waxes, and therapeutic skin-healing formulas.
Both the wax and the resin extract can be prepared from the same material, doubling its usefulness and value as a sustainably collected harvest.
Bushman’s candle resin extract and wax share a beautiful Amber scent that is rich, sweet, warm, woody and tenacious.
It is easy to extract 2 separate products from the raw bark, the alcohol extract for perfume and incense and a wax which can be used in candles and cosmetic/therapeutic preparations.
HOW TO PREPARE A 25% EXTRACT OF BUSHMAN’S CANDLE
- Coarsely grind 100 grams of Bushman’s Candle bark.
- In a sealed glass vessel, cover with 300 grams 94% to 96% Ethanol.
- Let sit in a warmish, (30 degrees Centigrade), place for 6 weeks, stirring or shaking periodically.
- Filter through a paper coffee filter and bottle in glass.
- A 50% extract can be made in the same manner but with 100 grams alcohol instead of 300 grams.
- A resin extract or absolute can be prepared by evaporating the alcohol from the extract at room temperature.
HOW TO EXTRACT THE WAX FROM BUSHMAN’S CANDLE
- Collect the spent material left over after the resin extract of Bushman’s Candle.
- Dry thoroughly.
- When the material is bone dry place in a glass vessel and cover with an equal weight of Fractionated Coconut oil or a carrier oil of your choice.
- Place in a water-bath and bring the bath to a boil.
- Maintain the temperature of the bath for 2-4 hours.
- Press the liquid wax, (carefully), from the solid material, or-
- Filter the material hot, through a metal mesh coffee filter or –
- paper in a vacuum filter.
If you would like to make your own resinoid and wax extractions of Sarcocaulon mossemedense, you can find the unprocessed bark in the shop here-https://www.etsy.com/listing/671100242/bushmans-candle-a-unique-aromatic-from
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Thank you for sharing your knowledge, very interesting post.
Hello Dan, it is lovely as always to sniff your Alchemistry. x
Is the wax left over in the filer or will it separate from the oil after pressing?
The wax dissolves into the oil creating a soft solid wax at room temperature
I am going to suggest that if one boiled the bark in water that the pure wax would float to the top allowing it to be separated when cooled. I will have to try that.