Homemade Lotion Bars
Today, I wanted to share a really fun and simple recipe from one of my favorite websites. Katie, the Wellness Mama, has a huge selection of healthy living options. Almost anything you can imagine, she has a healthy version to offer you.
Yesterday, I tried making her Basic lotion recipe. I had bought the ingredients several months ago through Amazon. I will give more specifics at the end of the post.
Here is my pre-cooking set up. I took Katie's advice from her update to the original post and used a mason jar instead of a pan or glass bowl. I quickly learned the reason why she recommends this. This jar will only be used for lotions in the future. I don't think I will ever get the wax build up off the glass.
I have copied/pasted her exact recipe here in my blog for easy access, but I have also provided a link to the actual post. Please check her website out. It may be overwhelming at first, because there are so many great ideas, but do like I did... just pick one small idea and try it.
Basic Lotion Bars
Prep time Total time
15 mins 15 mins
Author: Wellness Mama Recipe type: Beauty Ingredients
1 part coconut oil
1 part shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part) [NOTE: Shea and Mango Butters are currently out of stock, but Cocoa, Illipe or Kokum butter can be used in equal parts and all are available here]
1 part beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
Optional: Vitamin E oil . I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for this recipe made with 1 cup of each ingredient)
1. Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out...
2. Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:
3. Remove from heat and add the essential oils.
4. Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.
5. Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used these silicone baking cups, though any mold would work.
6. Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made indifferent shaped molds for different holiday gifts (hearts for valentines, flowers for Mother's day, etc.) or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.
This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you'd like. I made with 1 part=1 cup so I used 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup beeswax and 1⁄3 cup each of shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter (though I could have used 1 cup of any of the individual ones). I also added about 50 drops of lavender essential oil. I set them in silicone baking cups though any mold or shape would work. The recipe I used made exactly 12 lotion bars.
Recipe by Wellness Mama at http://wellnessmama.com/4770/lotion-bars/
Here is my final product.
I chose to put the mixture into a metal pan (that I don't use and will never use again for baking) and cut it into squares after it completely cooled. I then place each bar individually into a sandwich bag to store in my cabinet.
I love it!!! Not only was it easy, I love the end product. I used to buy Burt's Bees Hand Lotion that comes in a round tin. It was more of a salve than a lotion. This recipe by Wellness Mama is very similar. I think it smells almost exactly like that brand. I had intended to put a few drops of essential oils into the melted mixture, but changed my mind because I liked the smell as is. The beeswax, along with the cocoa butter, provides a pleasant slight odor.
The ingredients for this recipe may seem expensive at first. However, what I realized is that this one batch of lotion bars that I made yesterday will last my large family a long time. I will probably not need to make a new batch till next winter. In the making of my lotion, I used 1 cup of each ingredients. For both the beeswax and the cocoa butter (the more expensive ingredients), that 1 cup hardly made a dent in my bag. There is plenty more for my future batches.
I used cheap basic coconut oil yesterday, because I am out of my favorite brand. But for the cocoa butter I bought the brand found here on Amazon. 16 ounces was $15.75. Then for the beeswax, I bought these pellets, found here, on Amazon. The price was $10.90 for 1 pound. Like I said, I have a good amount left over for making more.
For me, I see a great Christmas gift idea growing in my mind. But until then, my family will enjoy the benefit of smooth, moisturized skin from a product that leaves no ill effect to the body. Win, Win!!!
I want to encourage you to give it a try and then let me know what you think.
Stay happy and healthy for the rest of the winter. Blessings.
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