If you have not ventured into the world of lotion bars, you are missing out! They are an excellent, zero waste, moisturizing and easy to make alternative to lotion without all the chemicals of commercial lotion. Check out these great recipes to try at home.
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By Colleen at Grow Forage Cook Ferment. You infuse your own oil and simply mix together. They’re soft and smoothing. Lovely to try with your own roses or dried ones.
By Rina from Sweet Natures Beauty, you will simply love the minty smell and your feet will be so grateful. If you are like me and on your feet almost all day, these are must to deal with all that wear and tear.
By Laurie from Common Sense Home, you only need three ingredients to have this available for you wherever you go. This one just requires cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax. You can customize the flavors with essential oil additions.
By Happy Mothering, you will need dried basil and dried lemon peel but the smell is divine and your skin will be very happy with this pleasant but subtle scent. Definitely check this one out.
By Olivia at This N That with Olivia, these smell great. They also have honey which has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties making it an ideal addition to soaps and lotions. This recipe includes a couple tablespoons of honey, which is not enough to make it sticky but to help with some of the skin protection that honey can offer. The sweet orange smell is heavenly.
From Wildly Organic, these relaxing lotion bars smell great and leave you feeling soft and relaxed. A great nighttime lotion bar that can be added to your bed time routine to help you prepare for a good night’s sleep. Easy to make with some flowers mixed in.
From yours truly at A Home Made From Scratch, you only need four ingredients and a double boiler (or even a glass bowl over a boiling pot of water). Its very easy and simply to make. I prefer putting them into tiny candy molds for a one time use lotion bar.
From Katie at the Wellness Mama, the addition of menthol crystals will help with all those aches and pains while leaving your skin silky smooth. The peppermint essential oil is good for helping with the menthol smell which can be overwhelming sometimes in order places (think Bengay (R)).
From Soap Deli News, this recipe uses aloe vera butter instead of shea or cocoa butter as a well to help soothe skin that make have seen a little too much skin. Easy to make with a nice peppermint and lavender smell that won’t irritate your sensitive skin.
Another great lotion bar recipe from Colleen at Grow Forage Cook Ferment. This uses infused calendula oil which is a subtle scent and leave the skin feeling great. Like most lotion bars, you can play around with different oils and butters to melt and mix together. Whatever makes your skin feel its best!
Tips for making lotion bars
They really are pretty simple. It just involves melting the right ingredients together and pouring into a mold. However, each of these recipes is customizable and you can find different ways to make them more suited to your particular skin type. I would recommend you try a few different varieties.
Also, while you don’t need a double boiler, that will definitely help with the melting process. The heat is more even and you won’t burn any of the delicate ingredients. I believe it is possible in the microwave but I haven’t chanced it. Be sure to add your essential oils after the oils and wax have melted.
See? It is pretty simple. Like soap, you can also add colorings but read about how they work before doing so. I generally don’t as I don’t want to color my skin in any way. Enjoy!
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