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Homemade Lotion Bars

Homemade Lotion Bars

Homemade Lotion Bars

Hi gals! I’m Brandy, the girl behind the keyboard at Gluesticks.  I am really looking forward to sharing monthly craft projects and recipes with you!

If you are like me you don’t just suffer from dry hands only in the winter. You have bouts of it year round. This could be for many reasons, but for me it has to do with the fact that I wash my hands a billion times a day! My mom sent me a lotion bar that she had made for Christmas and it has been amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I decided to make more. After two days I noticed a softness in the tops of my hands and knuckles that wouldn’t have graced these hands in February otherwise.

DIY Lotion bars

Making lotion bars is incredibly easy to do and only takes a few ingredients. I love making beauty products and already had a lot of the supplies in my cupboard from when I made lip gloss and melt and pour soap last year.

how to make lotion bars

You will need equal ratios for this recipe, so that is easy to remember. I went with 2 oz. ratios.

How to Make Lotion Bars

By: Brandy www.gluesticksblog.com

an adaptation

Makes 3 2″x3″ bars

2 oz. coconut oil

2 oz. shea butter (or cocoa butter)

2 oz. bees wax pellets

2 capsules vitamin E

essential oils for scent (optional)

soap mold (plastic or silicone)

microwave safe bowl (disposable works great too)

I ordered my shea butter, wax pellets and essential oils from ebay and etsy. The coconut oil and vitamin E were purchased at Walmart. I have a thing for citrus scents, especially lemon. I love the fresh fragrance, but you can use whatever oils you’d like.

Homemade Lotion Bars

Melt your shea butter, bees wax and coconut oil in the microwave in 20 second intervals.

Homemade Lotion Bars

It will take a couple of minutes. Here it is after 60 seconds. Just stir well after each interval. Below is what it will look like when it is completely melted.

Homemade Lotion Bars tutorial

Cut the tip off of the vitamin E capsule and add it to your liquid mixture.

Add lemon and lime essential oils, to your liking. As a reference, I used about 15 drops of each. Stir after adding the oils. If your mixture is lightly scented, add a few more drops and give it another whiff. If it smells just right, add a couple of more drops as it sometimes seems to lose potency when it has hardened.

Pour your mixture into your molds.

Allow to sit until tops start to look solid (about 15 minutes). Carefully move to the refrigerator and allow to set completely, about 30 minutes.

lotion bars recipe on Craftaholics Anonymous

Pop your lotion bars out of the molds.

Homemade Lotion Bars

2 oz. of bees wax will make a nice firm bar. If you’d like a softer bar that reacts to the heat of your skin quicker, you can lower the amount of bees wax to 1.5 oz. or even 1 oz. The beauty of the melt and pour method is that if you don’t like the consistency you can change it! If it is too hard, remelt it and add a more coconut oil or shea butter and let it set up again. If it is too soft for you liking, add a little more beeswax. It’s completely up to you. Just use my measurements as a starting point.

To use, wrap your fingers around your bar. The warmth from your skin will activate the oils and leave a soft and smooth residue. A little bit goes a long way. Rub into your hands and allow it to absorb. Your hands will thank you!

DIY lotion bars

For other uses for your beeswax and coconut oil, check out my homemade melt and pour lip gloss.

Have you made Lotion Bars before? Do you hands get dry during the winter?

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  1. 1
    ~amy~ says:

    Thanks for this…love this idea!

  2. 2
    Barbara says:

    I think this would be great for travel, especially now that they are disallowing most liquids on planes. They didn’t allow ANY liquids at all on planes going to the Olympics. I wonder how they would do if left in the car – would the Florida heat melt them? Or can I just increase the beeswax to overcome it? I definitely want to make some, and I’m not above a little experimentation, LOL!

  3. 3
    Dana says:

    I was wondering if we can use a different kind of oil. I have a friend who is allergic to coconut of any form.

    • 3.1
      Brandy says:

      Hi Dana, you can use any oil you’d like. Olive oil would work too! If your bars seem too soft, just add melt down again and add a bit more bees wax to compensate and then mold again.

  4. 4
    Amanda says:

    Where did you get your mold? I’ve looked everywhere!! Help!

  5. 5
    PJ says:

    Thanks for sharing! Definitely going to do this! I wanted to share what I’ve found for rough hands. I knit/crochet daily, and as a genealogist shuffle paper like you wouldn’t believe. My hands are like sandpaper in the winter. For Christmas I made some felted soap to give away as gifts, but made one for me to try first. After painting, I was looking for something to get paint off my hands before rushing off to a meeting. Grabbed the felted soap. The next day, my fingertips were so different, I use the felted soap everyday! It’s not recommended for handmade soaps though. I would use this recipe for lotion soap after a good scrub down with the felted soap – I need all the help I can get! Headed off to the kitchen to try this! Thanks again! Yours in crafting, PJ

  6. 6
    teila says:

    This sounds like a great idea. Do you know if another oil besides coconut? I’m allergic so I wonder if something else would work. Thanks!

    • 6.1
      Brandy says:

      Hi Teila!

      You could use olive oil, or any other oil you’d prefer! You may have to add a bit more beeswax to get the same consistency, but it is easy to play around with. If it is too soft, add a bit more wax, melt and then mold again!


  7. 7
    Amy says:

    I made these bars today and I LOVE them! I ended up using cocoa butter, a vitamin E skin oil (because that’s all my Wal-Mart had), and I used perfume for the scent. They worked out so well! I used a silicone muffin tin for my mold. I poured them a little small because I wanted to make multiple scents. My husband and I both love them. Just know if you buy cocoa butter it will smell like cocoa powder (which I like). I just chose perfumes that combined well with the chocolate scent. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!!

    • 7.1
      Brandy says:

      Wonderful! Thanks for following up! So maybe a minty scent would compliment the cocoa butter :) The one my mom sent me was “unscented” but since she used cocoa butter, it did have that light cocoa powder scent. I liked it too! Have a wonderful week!


  8. 8
    Kiki says:

    Is shea butter or cocoa butter required to make this? I can’t find any anywhere!

  9. 9
    Erica says:

    Great recipe! One I’ll try. However, I’m curious if you understand that microwaving beeswax, Shea butter or anything for that matter completely destroys the healthy moisturizing reasons to make your own skin care products. Not to mention extremely high radiation levels. I would like to suggest a re-do of this post using a double boiler or a pot with an inch of water and a mason jar to melt your products. Essential oils don’t lose their healing properties until they reach about 212 degrees so melting over the stove is a good way to go for any product where you might be concerned about maintaining the highest healing integrity. Heat to melt, don’t boil. Much better than a microwave. :) Thanks for sharing!

  10. 10

    LOVE this idea! I posted your post on my Young Living essential oil Facebook page and got a TON of activity on it this week! :) Can’t wait to try making these. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. 11
    Kelli says:

    These look fabulous!! Do you know how long one bar typically last and what the price per bar or ounce is? Thank you!!