What is a lotion bar?
A lotion bar is essentially lotion that is infused with beeswax to a hardened state which melts and moisturizes when friction and body heat are applied. I find these easier to use and more moisturizing than regular lotion. Did you know many of the store bought ones contain drying agents, like alcohol (why have a lotion that dries out your skin?!? hmmmm…).
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Make your own quality lotion bars
If you want easy, homemade items that are good for your body, these lotion bars are a great part of your homespa. I use them alot in the winter and they are very good for my dry fingers, hands and elbows.
You can use them all over and even in the shower. They are soft, luxurious and only have a few ingredients.
To make them, a double boiler is the best. But if you do not have one, no worries. I make mine in a glass bowl, above boiling water. You also need a silicone candy mold. People have made them with ice cube tray, but I did not have luck popping them out well. Also, the small size of candies is convenient for use.
- ½ cup: Beeswax
- ½ cup: Shea Butter
- ⅛ to ¼ cup: Coconut Oil (sweet almond oil, avocado oil, or even olive oil)
- 15-20 drops: Essential Oil
- Measure all of the ingredients (except essential oils) into a bowl or double boiler
- Put water in another pan or second part of double boiler (about 2 cups, depending on the size of the pan)
- Turn on low
- Stir constantly until all parts have melted
- Remove from heat, add essential oils
- Pour into silicon mold
- Wait a few hours to cool and harden before removing
The great thing about these is you can customize, particularly with the scents but also the oils. I do not like the smell of olive oil, so I do not use this. I have used RSPO palm oil, but this makes them orangeish which then goes on your skin a little yellow. It goes away, but I prefer a clean look.
The amount of essential oil is up to you, depending on how strong you want them to be. They are easy to put in a tin or bag and carry around or stick in your purse. I can use one small square for 4 to 5 all over body uses or about 10 to 15 hand/arm/elbow uses.
The recipe makes about 10 of the molds for the particular mold that I have but play around with the depth and usage rate.
Leave a comment and let me know if it works for you!
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