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Posted on Advantages of beeswax mineral oil combo on cutting boards

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#1 posted 03-25-2019 08:07 PM

Mineral oil alone is fine for hydrating the board. The benefit of adding beeswax (or other waxes like carnuba) is that you can buff a little shine out of it, and the wax can help fill in some knife marks as the board gets used.

What I usually do is treat a new board to 2 doses of mineral oil and then for the third and final coat I use a homemade mineral oil + beeswax blend. I give a jar of the oil + wax blend with the board and instruct them to just use that whenever the board looks battered or thirsty. I assume regular folks will NOT follow the common maintenance schedule (weekly for the first X number of weeks, then monthly, then ….).

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