lotion bar recipe

I have been wanting to create a lotion bar recipe for a while, and with the changing seasons that are bringing in drier weather, it seems like the perfect time!  Elle and I are prone to dreadfully dry skin during the winter, so I want to be well equipped to keep the eczema at bay! 

This Lotion Bar Recipe is perfect for keeping around the house to grab after you wash your hands, or for when you feel your skin is getting dry.  Keep a bar in the bathroom to lather on after a bath or shower, and keep your skin feeling hydrated, healthy, and radiant. 

I love these bars more than traditional lotion because they are inexpensive to make, they don’t contain any chemicals, irritating fragrances or additives, so you know exactly what your skin is absorbing.  

Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe


Fill a small saucepan with 1-2″ of water and bring to a boil.  Add shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax to a mason jar and set the mason jar into the pot.  Boil until melted, then remove from heat. 

Add vitamin e oil and essential oil, and stir until well incorporated. While still liquid, pour into molds and allow to harden.  I used an ice cube tray, but if you’re wanting something more durable, I recommend these

Once they’re cool, just pop ’em out, and they’re ready to use! This lotion bar recipe makes enough to share some as Christmas gifts for your friends and family! 

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17 Responses to Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe

  1. Manon says:

    could you use fractionated coconut oil, or does it have to be the regular coconut oil

  2. Cassie says:

    Great post.

  3. Mindy says:

    How do you store them? For example, if you wanted to keep one in your purse, what would you use? I love the idea of these jewels, but I’m wondering how practical they are. Thanks!!

    • Andrea says:

      I would store it in a plastic baggie or a small reusable container, not put it directly in your purse. They hold up pretty well (they don’t get too melty, like many homemade lotion recipes). I really enjoy them, but I guess the experience may vary across individuals 🙂

  4. Teagan says:

    im looking into making this, but was curious if there was a difference in the Shea butter that is “lotion like” or the ones I’ve seen that kind of looks like a hard rock? Also, I have seen beeswax in block form. Could I use that? How would I measure?

  5. Deb says:

    Can these be tinted or colored with food coloring without it staining your skin or clothes?

  6. Tamara Shurling says:

    Could these be shipped and not melt?

    • Andrea says:

      I think it just depends on how hot it is outside. They have a fair amount of beeswax in the, so they’re not going to melt at room temperature, but I imagine if it gets up into the high 90s or above, it probably would melt.

  7. robin says:

    What is the yield on this recipe using ice trays?

  8. I don’t use lotion everyday but I should

  9. Denisha says:

    When do you post the elf on the shelf giveaway winner?

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