Lotion bars are like lip balm for your body. As you massage the bar against your skin, your body heat warms the surface, melting just enough to coat your skin. Lotion bars contain the same moisturizers as your favorite natural lotion, but without the water there's no need for preservatives.
We haven't shared this popular recipe before, even in workshops, but we know some of you are bored, your hands are dry from constant washing, and this is an easy one provided you have some kind of oil, beeswax, and access to a kitchen. Send us a picture when you've finished, or tag us on social media if you try this recipe.
Lotion Bar Recipe
Makes about 10 bars
1. Measure coconut oil, beeswax, and butter into a double boiler. (If you don't have a double boiler, you can use a regular pot, but be careful not to burn your wax and oil mixture.)
2. Stir and melt until the mixture is fully liquid.
3. Remove from heat and let cool for a couple minutes.
4. Add your favorite essential oils to taste.
5. Line your mold as needed and pour mixture carefully into the mold.
6. Sprinkle some of your favorite dried herbs on top.
7. Allow to cool completely before removing from mold. Bars will be opaque and firm to the touch.
8. Tip: beeswax can make for messy cleanup. Wipe out your pot and spoon thoroughly with paper towels while the wax is still hot to avoid damaging your dishwasher or sink.
*If you don't have beeswax on-hand, do you have an old candle you can melt down?
**If you don't have shea butter or something similar, consider trying a smaller amount of another type of oil like olive or sesame. Worst-case-scenario your bars may not solidify as much as ours, and may have more of a salve-like texture. If this happens, scoop them into a jar for storage and enjoy!
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