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.