The weather is changing, and people seem to have the wardrobes ready to welcome autumn. The climate is not stable and our body is sensitive to these changes. With the fall, we also get cold currents from time to time and it is very windy. We must protect our skin, this is our first line of defense. And what better way than with a homemade super-hydrating lotion bar!
This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you’d like. I used 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup beeswax and 1/3 cup each of shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter (though I could have used 1 cup of any of the individual ones). I also added about 50 drops of sweet orange essential oil. The recipe I used made exactly 12 lotion bars.
1 part coconut oil
1 part shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part*)
1 part beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. I added 1 tsp. vitamin E oil for this recipe, made with 1 cup of each ingredient
Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and you do not even need to wash it out… Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth; remove from heat and add the essential oils. Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated. Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used these baking cups, though any mold would work. You can also set them in silicone baking cups where you allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for different holiday gifts (hearts for valentines, flowers for Mother’s day, etc.) or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.
* 1 part = 1cup
How to use them
Lotion bars can be used exactly like soap, except on dry skin after showering or for anytime moisturizing. They aren’t designed to get wet, but are a mess-free way to deeply moisturize skin. Some of my favorite uses are:
- With a little Chamomile infused oil for baby’s skin.
- During pregnancy to prevent stretch marks
- As a mild sunscreen
- After shaving to keep skin smoother longer
- As a nighttime facial moisturizer
- To moisturize hands after doing dishes. I keep by the sink to use on dry hands after washing dishes.
- As an all-over moisturizer after showering.
- As homemade gifts, especially for pregnant friends, new moms and nurses (they are always washing their hands and often have dry skin)