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
- 1 cup shea butter
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup beeswax
- 1 tsp vitamin e oil (optional)
- 20 drops essential oil (optional)
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!
Looking for other homemade lotions?
- Shea Body Butter: A luxurious whipped body butter made with shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil.
- Whipped Coconut Oil: A perfect blend of coconut oil, jojoba oil and vitamin e oil.
- The Oil Cleansing Method: Learn how to cleanse, hydrate, and rejuvenate your facial skin with the OCM.
my lotion bars turned out with different layers and when I used it, it left little white specs on my skin, so I was wondering did I not cook it right ( followed instruction ) 0r did I do it wrong for it to have two layers
could you use fractionated coconut oil, or does it have to be the regular coconut oil
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!!
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 🙂
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?
I think I know what you’re talking about, and have used both:
I haven’t noticed a real difference, as I generally end up using a double broiler to melt the shea butter.
Hope that helps!
Do you shred the beeswax or melt a big hunk?
Hi Jodie – I buy pastilles that are already in small discs. They melt much quicker and are easier to work with: http://amzn.to/2dYYuJq
Can these be tinted or colored with food coloring without it staining your skin or clothes?
I would think that the food dye would probably come off on clothes and possibly the skin, so I wouldn’t personally try it.
Tamara Shurling says
Could these be shipped and not melt?
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.
What is the yield on this recipe using ice trays?
This recipe will fill approximately 48 standard ice cubes 🙂
Lana Bradstream says
I don’t use lotion everyday but I should
When do you post the elf on the shelf giveaway winner?
The winner is displayed on the Rafflecopter box on the original post
Thanks for entering!