Lotion bars are just the thing for thirsty skin, but you can easily spend $8-$12 a piece for them at the store. Crazy! Fortunately, they’re easy to make, and only require three ingredients.
To make your own lotion bars, you will need:
- A solid oil (shea butter, cocoa butter, vegetable shortening, etc.)
- A liquid oil (canola oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc.)
- Essential oil (optional)
Step 1: Measure out equal amounts (by weight) of beeswax, solid oil and liquid oil. Grate or chop the beewax to speed up the melting process later.
Step 2: Heat the three ingredients over a double boiler, until fully melted. (Do not leave the stove unattended while you’re doing this.)
Step 3: Pour your melted ingredients into molds. I like to use soap-making molds or small cake tins.
Note: If you’re using plastic soap molds, check the mold for a max pour temp. It’s usually 165 degrees. If your melted ingredients are hotter than this, you’ll need to let them cool before pouring.
Optional: Add five or six drops of essential oil to each bar, and swirl it around with a plastic spoon.
Step 4: Allow the lotion bars to harden for several hours. Then, pop them out of their molds, and they’re ready to use!
To use: Simply rub a bar over your skin whenever it feels dry. These bars are lotion NOT soap, so there’s no need to rinse anything off.
The lotion bars on the left were made with beeswax, vegetable shortening and canola oil. The bars on the right were made with beeswax, shea butter and olive oil.
Want to give homemade lotion bars as gifts? Here are some printable labels that you can use to package them:
Black and White Printable Lotion Bar Labels – includes band-style labels, wrapping paper and stickers
Chevron Lotion Bar Labels – includes band-style labels, wrapping paper and stickers
Medallion stickers to dress up your own wrappers