I love to make things I can use, and I don’t like all the nasty stuff in store bought things, although not enough to not use them at all. But, if I can make it cheaper than I can buy it, and I know what’s going into it, why not?
These lotion bars set up quick, especially since I threw them in the freezer for a while. They feel good, without being to oily and you can customize them with whatever scent you like. Please remember that if you are making soaps and lotions, or anything that goes on your skin for that matter, to use skin safe scents and colors. Please don’t try to use crayons for coloring, or perfume for the scent. Yes, I know perfume is body safe, however it just won’t work in soap and lotion.
1/2 c Coconut Oil
1/2 c Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
2/3 c beeswax pastilles or you can grate the beeswax
a mold for your bars. I used a muffin tin.
Optional: scent and coloring
This is how I did it:
Place oils and butters in a heat safe container (I used a Pyrex measuring cup). Pour in beeswax. Place in a saucepan with about 1/2″ of water in the pan and place over medium heat. Slowly stir until beeswax has melted. Be sure not to over heat the oils as they can burn (they stink!). When everything is nice and melted, pour the oils into your mold quickly as it will harden as it cools. If that happens just warm it up again and continue pouring. If you are using essential (or fragrance) oils and colors, you put just about 5-8 drops in after the oils are melted. Stir to make sure it is all the way through the lotion.
I put mine in the freezer to cool it faster as I’m impatient. However, you can let it sit on the counter for about 4 hours and it should set up nicely. You can store these in Ziploc bags. The heat of your skin will melt the lotion so you can rub it on your skin. I like to use this after a shower and it helps lock in the moisture.