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Homemade Lotion Bars

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Hello again! I’m happy you’re here and I hope you’re well. I’m going to show you how to make lotion bars. These little things are so handy because you can make them small and keep them in lots of different, convenient spots so they’re always nearby for quick use.

When I first heard about these I was a little doubtful on whether they’d be effective or even how it would work. Then I decided to try a recipe I found and I was pleasantly surprised.

I have psoriasis on my hands and feet so I’m pretty serious about my lotions! The store-bought ones have so many different ingredients. If any of them are even going to work a little bit for me then generally, they’re really expensive! These are great because they’re so easy to make and I know exactly what I’m putting on my skin!

I have since made my own recipe that I really like and I’ll share but it’s really easy to make your own. All you have to remember for a good lotion bar is one soft oil, one hard oil or butter and one wax. By soft oils, I mean olive oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil etc. By hard oil or butter, I mean shea butter, coconut oil, palm kernel oil etc and by wax, I mean beeswax or soy wax etc. I find the mixture of all three makes for a nice not too greasy bar of lotion.

~ Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup beeswax (pellets are best as they melt faster)
  • 1-2 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
  • essential oils (optional)

This recipe makes quite a lot. You could easily cut the recipe in half or even double it if you want more.

~ Process

Melt everything together in a double boiler or just put a container in a pan filled with water as I do. Beeswax takes a while to melt so this process could take 15 – 20 minutes.

You’ll add the vitamin E oil and essential oils to the oil mixture once everything is melted. Give everything a good stir and then pour it into moulds or small containers. I just leave them on the counter for about 45 minutes and then put them in the fridge for about 15 minutes. The bars seem to come out of the moulds easier when they’re cold.

~ Storing your lotion bars

These lotion bars keep just fine at room temperature just be sure to keep them away from any heat sources. Some of the ones I make are poured into small plastic containers and that’s how they are kept and others are taken out of the mould and stored in small plastic bags. Both options work well.

~ Suggestions

I like to choose essential oils based on what benefits they have to the skin. Ones like lavender which is calming and disinfects. Chamomile calms skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. Frankincense is known to rejuvenate damaged skin and as a healing oil. Tea tree oil is an antiseptic. antimicrobial, and antifungal. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory. There are many more options or you could just choose based on the scent!

You can use infused oils in this as well. I have a few different oil infusions that I make for this and for soaps and salves. Generally, I infuse sunflower oil with herbs. I’ve made lavender, juniper berry, juniper and chamomile infusions. All come out really nicely in lotion bars.

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March 2, 2020 at 10:19 AM

I love lotion bars! I’ll have to try your recipe as well!

March 2, 2020 at 11:09 AM

I love making stuff like this because I can see exactly what goes in it. Definitely going to give these a try.

March 2, 2020 at 11:22 AM

This looks fun!Something my sis and I can do together!

March 2, 2020 at 12:06 PM

I love the idea of making these. Speak of shea butter and beeswax and I’m relaxing already. Thanks for the inspo!

March 2, 2020 at 2:34 PM

I love that your recipe contains beeswax! I need to make these lotion bars with my daughter sometime, I know she would love them!

March 2, 2020 at 4:36 PM

This is such an interesting idea! And I love how you can tailor make it with essential oils that you prefer!

March 3, 2020 at 10:29 AM

What a great DIY recipe! I used a homemade soap for years with a few of the same ingredients! Shea Butter is always an awesome ingredient to include, it’s amazing for the skin!

-Madi xo |

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