What’s a Lotion Bar?
Lotion bars are, like liquid lotion, a great way to keep your skin soft. But they are solid which means they aren’t messy and travel really well in a purse. I know it seems crazy that a solid bar would be able to soothe your skin, but the heat of your skin is just enough to slightly melt the bar as you rub it between your hands or over your skin.
These lotion bars are super easy to make & don’t require any fancy equipment, they can be made using a muffin tray, cupcake pans or any empty containers you have lying around.
The bars are solid at room temperature & when rubbed onto your skin a tiny amount melts leaving a thin veil of moisturising butter & oil on your skin. They smell divine & feel silky smooth to touch – they are a real treat for dry skin.
Using this basic Lotion Bar recipe you can tailor-make a bar using different oils, butters & essential oils.
This lime and bergamot lotion bar is a great sweet smelling all round lotion bar with the added bonus of honey & soothing shea butter.
Lime and Bergamot Lotion Bars
- 2 teaspoons organic honey
- 50 grams beeswax
- 40 grams shea nut butter
- 40 grams coconut oil
- 10 drops lime essential oil
- 5 drops of bergamot essential oil
Other essential oils that work really well are: tea tree, lavender, wild orange, cedarwood, grapefruit, geranium, or ylang ylang.
I added some red pepper berries, crushed dried mint and dried calendula petals to mine as a decoration that would work really well for Xmas presents.
Place wax, shea butter & coconut oil in a glass or ceramic jar or container – set this in a pot of simmering water to melt. Once they have all melted together take your mix out of the hot water & let cool slightly & add your honey & essential oils, stirring well.
Pour into your moulds & let cool for 24 hours to set well.
I find silicon muffin moulds work really well for this as the bars just pop right out. If you have trouble removing your lotion bars from the moulds set them in the freezer for a few hours to set hard & they should come out much easier.
The recipe should make 4 muffin size lotion bars.