Beeswax Butcher-block Countertop finish

I went on the hunt for an all natural finish for our brand new (handmade by my husband) butcher block countertop. I didn't want to use a varnish as I do for most wood surfaces as I know that it's not always food safe. So, I am going to share with you a simple recipe that was tried and tested! 

Beeswax Countertop finish

It's a simple recipe consisting of

  • 1/2 cup of Beeswax
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Lemon Essential Oil (although, I didn't have any Lemon EO & substituted for Orange Essential Oil)


  • Melt the Beeswax & Coconut Oil at low heat, your melting, not burning it lol!

Coconut Oil & Beeswax

  • once it's all melted, remove it from the stove and let it cool a while before adding the Essential Oil

  • Once you notice the melted oil & wax starting to take solid form (and I mean just starting, not when it's solid) then add the teaspoon of essential oil.
  • Wait until the was hardens, then it should feel like a paste (if at this point it's too runny, melt again & add more wax... too solid, melt again and add more oil). 

Beeswax and Coconut Oil countertop finish

When the paste settled to its paste consistency, I scooped it into a wide mouth mason jar for storage.

Beeswax and Coconut Oil

Now, you've got your paste... how the heck do you apply it?!?!?!

Let me tell you... One layer at a time.


Take a rag that doesn't leave lint and that you're not attached to as you're about to designate it "the wax rag".

Apply the wax not liberally, just enough as you will be doing this more than once, don't leave globs behind. 

If you are familiar with waxing boots & shoes, you will understand the next process, if not... then it's going to be trial & error in perfecting your polishing skills. 

Once the first layer has been applied (making sure you get in the grooves of the wood) let it dry(ish). Then, take another rag and buff it (fast circular movements)... then, apply another layer and do the same thing. It took 5 layers for this chunk of wood:


DIY butcher block counter

2 days & 3 Coats In

DIY butcher block counter

And, the finished product! 

In the end, I approve of this DIY product lol!

It worked and as with any other wood product, you will need to refinish it regularly. Since it's first coatings, I have already polished it up once and am thinking, with the dry Alberta air, it may need a coating every couple of weeks. 

Send me a message if you'd like more info, and happy spring to you all! 

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