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Tuesday
Feb192013

DIY Lotion Bars

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I love natural products + I have very dry skin. I have yet to find a great facial lotion that can keep me from being flakey. Seriously it's so bad. I have been looking for a homemade lotion recipe but came across SO many that took way too much time or had ingredients I didn't feel like finding. Finally came across this one from Frugal by Choice.

Here's how I did mine:

1/5 of a 1lb bar of beeswax

1/2 cup almond oil

1/2 cup coconut oil

Note: I have no idea how to measure out "1 part" of beeswax so I eyed about a 1/5 of a bar, cut it off (which is not easy to do) melted it down in a double broiler (in a bowl on top of a saucepan of boiling water) poured the melted beeswax into a measuring cup and it came out to EXACTLY 1/2 cup.

Melt the beeswax down in a double broiler (described above). Add in the coconut oil and stir until that is melted. Add in the almond oil and stir until combined. Wipe off the bottom of your bowl (so no water drips) and pour into a cupcake pan. I just used a regular metal one.

Let sit overnight and twist your pan like an ice cube tray and they should pop right out! You can warm the bottom up a bit if they aren't coming out but try twisting and patting the bottom first. That's it! SO easy.

A couple notes - beeswax hardens VERY quickly, the silicone trays work too, this made about 5 cupcakes worth, I use organic ingredients when possible.

To use: rub a bar between your hands to warm it up a bit and use where needed. I rub it into my hands and use it on my face, arms, legs etc. It's great for eczema patches, dry skin like knees and elbows, or anywhere you have dry skin. You can use it as a lip moisturizer too!

I just keep mine on the counter in a soap dish and the extras in the fridge. I wrap them in parchment or wax paper and stick them all together in a container. You won't want to leave this in the hot car or it will melt everywhere unless you have it in a waterproof container. It can be melted down and re-hardened whenever you want.

These lotion bars have a very light coconut/honey smell but you can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you want.

I'd like to try this with cocoa butter soon, but for now I'm hooked!

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I have been meaning to make me a batch of these forever, and I love your recipe! They would make great Mother's Day gifts too :)
pinned for our followers, they will love it!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDestri

Thank you! Would make a great Mother's Day gift! would look great packaged in a glass jar too :)

March 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllison Waken

Hello! My daughter has eczema but is allergic to nuts- so I'd have to forget about the almond oil. Can I replace it using more coconut oil?

March 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDana Evans

I recently made some DIY body butter using coconut oil...I love it, but would sometimes like a bar instead of a smooshy cream. This is totally the answer...and super easy! Now I just have to find beeswax somewhere. By the way - you photography is beautiful!

Dana you could substitute any oil you like! Avacado, olive, grapeseed...

March 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllison Waken

Kelly - You can buy beeswax online but you can find it at Michaels, Joann by the soap or candle making supplies and use your coupon!

March 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllison Waken

We made a variety of these (used cocoa butter instead of almond oil) at a DIY girls' night out I hosted at my house. They are awesome - thank you for sharing.
http://www.lovethemmadly.com/?p=3861

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJodie

I make these using equal parts coconut oil, beeswax, and Shea butter. I buy the beeswax in bags of small pellets, which makes measuring super-easy. I also use cupcake liners, which makes them easy to store--I stack them in mason jars. My friends and family all use them, so when they come by I can just hand them one, wrapped and ready to go. I'd like to try it with the almond oil next. Thanks for the idea!

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephi Anderson

Thank you for this recipe, Mark. You can also make these with Shea Nut, Mango or Cocoa butters or any oil of your choice. To make beeswax more manageable: melt your block of beeswax in a double boiler over a very gentle heat. Once melted, pour it into ice cubes trays and wait till it is reset, then turn it out into a sealed container, or a self seal bag. Perfectly sized easy to manage blocks of beeswax.

March 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

I make my solid lotion bars with equal parts beeswax, shea butter (or other semi-solid at room temperature butter) and oil - such as olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or rice bran oil (basically any oil that is liquid at room temperture.) If you make one bar with 1oz. of each, you can then scent with 30 drops of essential oil. You can make these one at time in those little one serving ice cream sized cups. They work really well! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

I love this! I've included it in a Mother's Day round up today on FamilyCorner.com. Thanks so much for sharing! http://www.familycorner.com/justforyou/timeforyou/12-diy-ideas-for-pampering-mom.html

May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I just made these- 1/2 cup each of beeswax, coconut oil and grapeseed oil. I poured them into silicone cupcake trays and they beeswax is congealing at the bottom! Yikes! What did I do wrong?

May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDana Evans

hi. I wanna ask something. Can I make this type of lotion bars but with different flavors? What am I gonna change from the recipe to do it?

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterelena

Elena you can add a few drops of whatever essential oil you like to scent your bars!

June 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllison Waken

We've never made any skin care product before, ever ... but now that we know where to get beeswax, we can't wait to try this!

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCravate Noire

Have you heard of a substitute for the beeswax? I'd like to make something similar for vegan friends

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

@heather I have heard of people using soy wax - I've never tried it though. You'll have to let me know if you try it!

June 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllison Waken

May I scent these with lavender oil or tea tree oil?

June 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebaDebDebDeb

@Deb either should work fine!

June 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterAllison Waken

Hey, I wanted to know if these melt under certain temperature. Or can they withstand very hot weathers Up to 110 F. . I was thinking of making these to gift out in Burning man.

June 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBomin

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