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 Chemicals.
  • No Harmful Solvents.
  • No Petroleum.
  • 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 harmful solvents, no petroleum, 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 and solvents, as well as completely safe for children. The absence of petroleum-based products and 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, free from harmful chemicals 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. 

Toy Safe

Our Hard Wax Oil is entirely free of hazardous compounds and is undergoing certification. It is suitable for use on all untreated wooden surfaces, including 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 a natural product. 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 79 reviews
A WILD (Sittingbourne, GB)
Absolutely brilliant product!!

Used this on a pine wood mantle shelf over a woodburner, the wood outside of the heat shield is typically 60 deg C, this product is handling the temperature with ease!!


Great products and the video on YouTube on how to refinish mid-century teak table (2 part) is really helpful.

Peter Rowell (London, GB)
Brilliant hardwax oil - Victorian pine floor

Beautiful finish on resanded floorboards - so much depth of colour brought out of the wood compared to the flat one-tone varnish/stain the previous owners had applied

I’d previously used osmo, applying this was a very similar experience - I’ve not done a like-for-like, but my general feel is that gilboys was more pleasant texture to apply and went further

Pictures are bare sanded to 120 grit (left somewhat rustic as I like the history to show) and then the colour after one coat to show the change. I was worried after sanding that the warmth was gone and the floors would look like the ashy grey polyeurethane finished or laminate floors - such a relief to see the colour come up again, while keeping the room much lighter than the old “antiquey style” varnish/stain that was on before. More coats doesn’t seem to impact the colour but the finish is far smoother and will obviously be more hardwearing

Very easy applying, I used a micro fibre cloth to wipe down (have had problems with overapplying osmo, so prefer to put the elbow grease in to make sure the coat was consistently thin) but it really didn’t take long to do a 144sq ft room. Drying overnight worked well, and the smell wasn’t strong at all compared to any other coatings or paint products I’ve used

Catrina Stephens (Trowbridge, GB)
Lovely product

My Dad has made me a desk from used and new oak. I brought this product after watching the video on YouTube and wanting a natural finish and loved the concept of natural ingredients. Dad said it goes on well and gave it 4 coats. I cannot see a difference between the recycled oak and new and love the finish. Photos look yellower than what I see by eye. Very happy to have such a unique and beautiful desk made with love.

David Shimell (Woodhall Spa, GB)
Excellent product

Gives a great finish with just two coats

Bill (Glasgow, GB)
Great product. Does more than it says on the tin.

Used for finishing 8x4 plywood sheets that are the ceiling of an off-grid cabin. Wanted a finish that would not stink for ages like Danish Oil. Pleasant and easy to apply. Using a cloth to rub it in seems to produce a faster-drying finish than using a brush (here in damp, cold Scotland). Will be ordering more for the walls and floor.

upfurniture.co.uk (Newport, GB)
Gilboys Hardwax Oil

We are professional furniture makers and renovators based in South Wales. I’ve been using Gilboys excellent wax polish for some time. I have discovered another brilliant product in their Hardwax oil. Really easy to use and great coverage, we always use Gilboys wax polish to finish and have had excellent results.

Olga R (Tower Hamlets, GB)

I tried the polish and bought it several times for parquet - the parquet looks new now! The only warning I have to make is: please mix the content before you use it and do not apply in a thick layer, as it would increase drying time and would show the varnish.

Greville Cooke (Bedworth, GB)
Hand Made wax

So nice to support this handmade product that works so well

Jon G (Chepstow, GB)
Very happy.

I was struggling to find a decent finish that doesn't have high VOCs and take ages for the smell to disappear, as I have a young baby and a small house. This was recommended to me and I'm very happy.
Lovely finish and very easy to apply. Don't need a lot either to get the desired finish, so it will go a long way.