As the season changes, it won’t be long before itchy, dry skin takes over. Here is fabulous skin softening and moisturizing homemade solid lotion bar that will leave your skin soft and smooth.
Wonderful for gift giving, personal use or traveling, this non-messy and convenient intensely moisturizing solid lotion bar is a must have!
A bonus of creating these naturally fragranced bars is that they don’t have a heavy “perfumey” smell to them. If you’re thinking about making some homemade gifts for the upcoming holidays or for a special occasion, these make lovely additions to homemade gift baskets, or as a ornamental topper to a wrapped gift. If you’ve never had or seen a lotion bar before, you might be wondering what they’re for or how to use them!
Lotion bars are similar in texture and resemblance to a bar of soap, but works like a lotion. To use, apply it directly to the area of the body that you wish to moisturize. The heat that emanates from your hands will gently warm the bar releasing just enough of the lotion to apply to hands, feet, legs, arms, knees, elbows, etc. Just remember, a little goes a LONG way and over-application can make the area feel greasy to the touch.
Now, the reason we didn’t specify the amounts is because you’ll use equal amounts (by weight) to make your bars. A note about the ingredients, you can use Shea butter OR Cocoa Butter or a combination of the two. Cocoa butter has a distinct chocolate scent to (obviously), so be aware of that if you plan to add any essential oils.
Coconut oil can be substituted with Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or jojoba oil. Alternatively you could use an oil that has been infused with a favorite herb of your choice if you wish to treat a specific skin affliction.We have had good luck with Plantain infused almond oil as it’s very nourishing to the skin.
The beeswax that we prefer are small pastilles, they melt evenly, quickly and they last a long time.
Combine the three ingredients in a heavy saucepan over low heat and melt stirring occasionally until completely blended. Pour the mixture into molds and let them set overnight until they harden completely.
That’s it, were you expecting more difficult directions?
Example Amount for 1 small 6 oz bar:
2 oz Shea Butter
2 oz Coconut Oil
2 oz beeswax
Making a small “tester” bar is especially helpful if you want to experiment adding essential oils to the lotion bars as well.
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