Hard Wax Oil - Food Safe Interior Wood Finish

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"Embrace the beauty of natural wood with Gilboys Hard Wax Oil - Safe, Resilient, and Effortless to apply. Gilboys Hard Wax Oil offers the best protection and a smooth satin sheen for all your wood surfaces."


"I’m not just saying it but your waxes are superb"
- Drew Pritchard (Salvage Hunters)


Hard Wax Oil by Gilboys - A quick drying blend of raw beeswax, linseed oil, carnauba wax and orange oil. A Natural Wood Finish for Furniture and Interiors.

  • Food Safe.
  • Child Safe.
  • No Pesticides.

Your wooden surfaces deserve the best. With our Hard Wax Oil, you can ensure they get just that - a high-quality natural finish that brings out the inherent beauty of wood. No harsh chemicals, no pesticides - just a quick-drying blend of raw beeswax, linseed oil, carnauba wax, and orange oil, ensuring a safe and environmentally friendly choice for your home​​​. 

Easy To Apply

Unlike traditional finishes, our hard wax oil is simple to apply with a cloth, brush, or roller, providing a protective, satin sheen to your wood​​. And with our professional trade tips, you'll have all the guidance you need for a flawless finish​.

Natural Ingredients

This interior wood finish is composed of natural wax and oil, ensuring an environment that is free of hazardous chemicals, as well as completely safe for children. The absence of pesticides makes this product a reliable choice.

Water Resistant

A minimum of two coats is advised to achieve a good level of resistance to spills of tea, coffee, wine and soft drinks. 

Hard Wearing

The real magic of Gilboys Hard Wax Oil lies in its durability. This finish is highly resistant to scratches and scuffs, perfect for high-traffic areas like kitchen counters and dining tables​​. It’s also water-resistant, safeguarding against spills and can withstand high temperatures from hot tableware or drinks​. Plus, it is certified slip-resistant (BS 7976-2PTV), making it a safe choice for both domestic and commercial areas.

Heat Resistant 

Extensive trials show that our Hard Wax Oil offers exceptional resistance to high temperatures, such as those generated by hot tableware or drinks. We recommend two applications for optimal protection.

Food Safe

One of our proudest features is our commitment to safety. Because we only use natural plant oils and waxes, our hard wax oil is non-toxic and safe to be applied on surfaces where food is prepared and stored, providing a secure, hygienic coating that is safe for the whole family. 

It is suitable for use on all untreated wooden surfaces, including wooden toys, doors, floors, tables, and kitchen countertops.

Slip-Resistant (Rated R12)

Slip-resistance rating R12 (Good)*. Tested in accordance with BS 7976-2 / UKSRG Guidelines and DIN 51130:2004 standards on Maple, Teak, Pine, Sapele, English Ash, English Oak and Iroko wood flooring. 

Test Report for Pendulum Testing to BS7976-2 by Surface Consultants Ltd

*The R scale runs from R9 to R13, where R9 is slippery when wet, and R13 the least slippery. Floor surfaces that are classified by the DIN 51130 standard as R9 (or in some instances R10) will be slippery when used in wet or greasy conditions.

Invest in the enduring beauty of your wooden surfaces today with Gilboys Hard Wax Oil. For interiors that are as safe as they are stunning, there’s no better choice.


  1. Ensure the wood surface is smooth, clean and dry before applying
  2. Use a good quality lint free cloth, brush or sponge roller to apply
  3. Apply two coats for best results on high traffic areas such as floors, kitchen worktops and dining tables
  4. Sanding between each coat is not always necessary but advisable for a smoother finish

*Rougher surfaces may increase the drying time and will require more applications to achieve a smooth finish. 

Trade Tips

  • On initial application, if possible, remove the excess hard wax oil with a lint free cloth as you apply it. This will help reduce the drying time.
  • Unlike traditional varnishes our hard wax oil is not a viscous coating and will perform much better if applied in multiple thin layers as opposed to heavy single applications.
  • Our hard wax oil is also very effective to use as a sanding sealer. Wipe it on bare wood and allow it to soak in for a few minutes. Then wipe away all the excess oil and allow to dry.

Approximate Coverage

500ml: 10m2 
1L: 20m2

Drying Time

Our hard wax oil is made with natural ingredients. A single application will usually be dry in 8 hours. The drying time may extend in cold and humid environments.

* The best drying conditions are achieved by applying the hard wax oil sparingly in a warm, well ventilated room.

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Customer Reviews

Based on 130 reviews

Does what it says on the tin

A Gunn (Orpington, GB)
Hard Wax Oil

I am refurbishing 3 G plan Montage (I think) teak base units purchased approximately 40 years ago. I only need 2 units in my new set up so I set about working on the one which had the most wear and tear as an experiment. I followed the stripping, sanding and oxalic acid treatment as shown in the Gilboys You tube videos. I was able to restore the UV sunlight damage, was able to remove a red wine ring and a scratch. I then used a polyurethane varnish to seal the wood. This was a mistake as the polyurethane left white marks in the grain of the wood and it didn't look good. I stripped this off and lightly sanded the unit. Next I coated the wood with Danish Oil. The result was much better but there was no depth in the finish. This time I stripped off the Danish oil from one side of the unit and after a light sanding, treated the wood with Gilboys Hard wax Oil. I was really pleased with the result but applied some rose gold polish to the Hard wax oil side which really improved the finish. I have not removed the remaining Danish Oil yet as I will start work on the two units in better condition that I want to keep. I won't waste time messing about with Polyurethane or Danish oil, but will apply Gilboys hard wax oil and Rose Gold polish from the off.

Jenny Williamson (Trowbridge, GB)
Love it

This wax oil is fabulous. Great consistency, not sticky, applies evenly and smells nice too. My old Victorian painted cupboard doors had started splitting with dryness after being professionally stripped. The oil has already soaked in after only 24 hrs and started to “mend “ them. Pic is after only one coat so still quite matt. It also goes a long way. I used 3/4 of 1 litre for this lot which included a side panel not shown in pic. The personalised note that came with the wax, together with the sunflower seeds, and leaflet are a lovely touch. I also enjoy Simons “how to” videos on his website. Clean brush with white spirit in case you don’t spot that info in the leaflet.

Ulli (Guildford, GB)
quick service, excellent product

easy to use, beautiful finish

David Marshall (Lincoln, GB)
Hard Wax Oil

I saw this product on TV, Salvage Hunters. Thought I’d give it a go. I was blown away with the results. I followed the instructions and used a cloth rather than brush or roller. Used the 320 grit in between the 3 coats. What a Finish! This was without any buffing or further wax that was recommended.. I used it on 2 items. A table I made where I repurposed an old table top and scraped the surface. The other a bench I made to match the table and the wood was all bare. The oil was great on both. Highly recommend

Alli Archer (Harringay, GB)
It’s my go to finish

It is without a doubt my go to finish. It’s lovely to apply, and goes a long way (also doesn’t have too strong a smell for indoor applications). Recently used to refurb kitchen worktop (although have used it quite a bit previously). Will be buying it again and again. Thank you.

James Kirkham (Blackburn, GB)
Simply the best.

Sometimes commenting on a product is easy, what is there to say, Gilboys waxes are the finest that you can buy. This is no different. Total perfection, as usual. These are the only waxes that get anywhere near my furniture. They make finishing even more of a pleasure.

Andrea Hodgkinson (City of Westminster, GB)
Excited to use

Haven’t used yet

Donald Walker (Lockerbie, GB)

The wax oil worked very well and really brought the 150 year old pitch pine wood to life.
My only criticism would be that after each coat there were tiny little lumps (wax?) protruding from the dried surface and these had to be sanded off before the second coat and the final polishing coat

Roofrat (Sleaford, GB)
Easy to use

Very good product transform’s the job in an instant would highly recommend Gilboys to deal with next day delivery and price very good for the results it delivers