I’ve never been a huge fan of lotion, but lotion bars are changing my mind. While I like how liquid lotion makes me skin feel after its absorbed, the slimy feeling when I first put it up deters me from using it too often. So I suffer with dry and itchy skin. That, and many store-bought lotions contain chemical ingredients that I’m certain make my skin drier in the long run.
Then I heard about lotion bars and I was so curious whether they would work that I bought myself the ingredients and invited my friend Hannah over to make them with me.
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Homemade Lotion Bars Recipe!
What you will need To make lotion bars:
- 3oz beeswax
- 3oz Coconut Oil
- 3oz Shea Butter
- large clean tin can
- silicone molds
- food scale
- essential oils
This recipe will make 6 palm-size lotion bars. If you want to make them as gifts to give away I’d recommend doubling or even tripling this recipe. If you’re just trying them out though, the 3oz each will work best. The key is to keep all parts equal.
How to Make Homemade Lotion Bars
1. If you have a crappy old pot lying around, go ahead and throw all the ingredients in, turn the heat to medium-high, and stir until melted. (Also use a crappy stirring utensil!) If you only have nice pots that you’d like to actually cook from again, I’d highly recommend finding a large tin can to melt the mixture in instead.
2. Measure out equal amounts of each product. If it doesn’t already come in nice blocks, you will need a food scale. Place all ingredients in medium to large sized pot, fill the pot half way with water, turn heat to medium-high, and melt ingredients in tin can sitting in the hot water.
(If you have left over shea butter you could also make this DIY Face Lotion for Sensitive Skin.)
3. Add essential oils. Honestly, it take a lot of drops to cover up the beeswax smell so I can’t give an exact number but start with 15 and work your way up. Shea butter is better to use if you want to add in more floral or sweet smelling oils like rose or orange. On its own, the cocoa butter will smell like, well, cocoa, so I found adding peppermint complimented it nicely.
4. Place silicone molds on cookie sheet for stability and pour mixture into your molds. A funnel will work best, but my friend and I didn’t have one so we improvised with tin foil.
5. Place molds on freezer for about 30 minutes.
Just rub between your hands. The warmth of your skin will gently melt the lotion bar and thinly coat your skin. Best part – it doesn’t just provide relief but is good for your skin too.
The more I use my lotion bar, the more I love it. It can also sit out fine on your counter, but be careful not to leave in a hot car or like a tube of lotion, it could melt too. Make sure to try this DIY Lush Salt Scrub first. Oh, and if you’re looking for a beautiful way to display your lotion bars in the bathroom, check out this DIY Apothecary Jars from With Giggles & Grace.