Making Sustainable Surf Wax

Recently, it's occurred to me how easily a colorful bar of wax catches my attention at the checkout table in my local shop. The fantastic smell gets me every time. For many of us, an inexpensive, simple necessity like surf wax is purchased at will, and rarely gathers much excitement after the fact. It is quickly used up, and discarded like many things in today’s world. I looked further into what went into making surf wax to see if I could harness a bit more enjoyment out of the little things surrounding a day spent in the water.

Most brands use a mixture of paraffin wax and hydrogenated soy oil to create their wax. While non-toxic, these ingredients are considered to be synthetic and also non-organic. I decided to go fully organic in my recipe to minimize environmental impacts, while simplifying the process to making sustainable surf wax in your own home.

The things you’ll need:

  1. Beeswax

  2. Coconut Oil

  3. A heating source. However small or large

  4. A pot. Not mom’s best

  5. A smaller container to put ingredients into

  6. Paper towels or newspaper to catch spills

  7. A mold to pour into. These can be anything from paper cups to random containers pulled from the recycling

Optional Steps:

  1. Dye for color. Soap/food coloring works best

  2. Essential Oils for smell. I had peppermint lying around

  3. Tree resin. This adds extra tack and is only useful in cold water


Add Beeswax and coconut oil to your pot or pan in a ratio of 3:1 (three parts Beeswax, one part oil) and place in the larger pot of boiling water. The ratio can require some guesswork, but it does not need to be precise. Add essential oils, dye, or resin. Be careful not to liquify more than you can accommodate in the prepared molds.

After melting, pour batch into your paper cup, tin can, or plastic container and let cool. Refrigerate to harden faster. Peel or cut back mold, wrap in wax paper, and hit the beach.

Sea's the Day! 
Written by: Colby Lepointe

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