Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to Make Lotion Bars

The other day I ran out of the lotion bars that I had been purchasing so I quickly whipped up my own. I used ingredients that I had on hand and they turned out great. I actually made two different recipes and I like them both – the first one is a harder bar that is less slippery and oily. It goes on smooth and absorbs quickly without being oily. However it is a little harder to apply since it doesn't have very much slip and glide to it. My husband usually does not like homemade lotions and lotion bars because they are too oily and he tried this one and loved it. The second bar is more oily and has more slip and glide to it but it doesn't absorb quite as quickly. You choose which one you like more!

I wish you could smell the beeswax that I used! I purchased it at a local honey shop, Browning’s Honey, where they process local honey and wax. It smells sweet like a combination of honey and flowers. I also used my Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil. I left these bars unscented and they smell heavenly – like coconutty sweet flowers! You can add essential oils if you would like.



Hard Lotion Bar Recipe #1
5 ounces Shea Butter
4 ounces Beeswax – cut up in tiny pieces (be careful, beeswax is hard!)
3 ounces Coconut Oil
2 ounces Herbal Infused Olive Oil (or just regular olive oil if that is all you have)


Hard Lotion Bar Recipe #2
5.5 ounces Shea Butter
3.5 ounces Beeswax – cut up into tiny pieces (be careful, beeswax is hard!)
2 ounces Coconut Oil
3 ounces Herbal Infused Olive Oil (or just regular olive oil if that is all you have)

Directions: Over low heat combine all ingredients in a double boiler except beeswax.  For a double boiler I just place a smaller sauce pan  in a larger sauce pan; I use a clothes pin to hold it in place (see picture).


Add a little less beeswax than the recipe calls for (I usually add about 1/2 an ounce less). Test for ending hardness – place some of the melted oil mixture into a spoon and put in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Remove from freezer and test for hardness. If it is not as hard as you would like add the remaining beeswax. If it is too hard, add more shea butter (about 1/2 an ounce at a time) and a few Tablespoons of olive oil. Or if you would like it more greasy feeling add more olive oil (a few Tablespoons at a time). Retest after each addition until you get the feel that you would like.


Add essential oils if you would like. Pour into silicone molds (this is the one I used) or into roll up lotion bar tubes (such as these). Let cool and harden and remove from molds. Store in a tin, air tight container, or a plastic bag. Avoid high temperatures so lotion bar will stay solid.




18 comments :

  1. I need to make this and need to get some bees wax! Thanks for sharing! I like the mold you used too!

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  2. Cool info and nice recipe.. i did not know this can be made at home

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  3. Not sure I would want to go to all the trouble of finding the beeswax, shea butter etc and then taking the time to make my own but it does sound like it would be nice to receive as a gift!

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  4. This looks really fun to make!! I will have to try this! Would love to give these as gifts!!

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  5. I have never made lotion bars before. Looks kind of fun and they are super cute.

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  6. I so need to do this. Love the shapes you used. These would make great gifts!

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  7. I bet these make your skin feel so amazing. I never would have thought to try this :)

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  8. These would be amazing for holiday gifts! We're not that far away; can you believe it?

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  9. I have never tried making my own lotion bars. It's good to learn how to make one like these. It's a perfect gift for girlfriends.

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  10. I have never tried making my own lotion bars but it's nice to know how to. I think it will be a perfect gift for friends.

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  11. I have never used a lotion bar before. Do you use it just like lotion.

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  12. I've always wanted to make these.Thanks for showing me it isn't too difficult!

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  13. I always wondered how these were made! Thank you :)

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  14. I've never heard of lotion bars! I HAVE to try this!

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  15. wow!! I had no clue we can make lotion bars at home. I am going to experiment with some new lotion bars now... :D

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  16. Those are so cute! I'd love to make my own.

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  17. This is such a great tutorial. I think I can get a head start on Christmas gifts now!

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  18. This looks like a great recipe! I love when you figure out that you can make something that you've been buying at home. I'm totally pinning this so I can try it later. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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