My skin gets really dry in the winter months: dry enough to crack, bleed and hurt. I do my best to keep my hands moisturized and one of the ways I do that is using a lotion bar I make myself.
A couple years ago I didn’t even know lotion bars existed. But then, a kind girlfriend gifted me one and I was hooked! Of course, I had to look up some easy homemade lotion bars recipes and learned that making lotion bars is not hard at all.
Easy Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe
There are many lotion bar recipes, but they are basically all made of 3 ingredients. And for my recipe I use equal parts of these (1/3 cup of each):
- beeswax pellets (I used these)
- unrefined shea butter (this is the one I like)
- oil (I used this sweet apricot oil)
Of course, I added essential oils (20 to 25 drops of each), because I want to enjoy the extra moisturizing and calming benefits of essential oils. I added frankincense oil for its healing properties and lavender oil for its relaxing effect.
If you want to get fancy, you can add a bit of color or glitter, but I like mine just plain.
Tools You Need To Make Lotion Bars
- glass measuring cup (I made mine in one of these measuring cups so I can pour it easily)
- mixing spoon
- a pot with simmering water
- silicone molds
Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup with LidFreshware SM-110RD 12-Cavity Silicone Mini Valentine Heart Muffin, Brownie, Cornbread, Cheesecake, Pudding, Jello Shot and Soap MoldLongzang 12-Flower Silicone Cake Chocolate Craft Candy Baking Mold
How To Make Lotion Bars
I started out by measuring the beeswax and shea butter and adding them to my glass measuring cup. I then placed the measuring cup into a pot with simmering water (a makeshift double boiler), and stirred it every couple minutes until they melted.
Be careful to to overheat these: they’ll lose some of their healing properties and might become grainy. As soon as the beeswax and shea butter melted, I added the sweet almond oil, and let them all in the hot water for another couple minutes, until it was all melted (adding the cool sweet almond oil clouded the already melted mixture, and it just needed a couple more minutes to go back to liquid).
As soon as my mixture was liquid, I took it out of the hot water and let it sit for a few minutes to cool just a bit before adding the essential oils. I added 20 drops of frankincense oi and 25 drops of lavender oil. Them, stirred to mix in the essential oils and then poured my mixture in a heart shaped silicone mold.
After letting it cool for about an hour, I popped them out of the molds: BEAUTIFUL!
Of course I had to try one right away: it felt just slightly greasy for a minute or two, but after that my hands were silky and soft: just what I was looking for!
That was so much fun! Hope you give it a try!