Lotion bars are a solid at room temperature lotion, but when rubbed on the skin, a tiny amount melts and is transferred to the skin, leaving a highly moisturizing and very thin layer.
Here are just a few of the ways to customize a lotion bar:
- Mix and match essential oils for various scents or skin benefits
- Add zinc oxide to make a natural diaper rash bar
- Mix in arnica for a pain-relieving sore muscle treatment
- Add argan oil for stretch marks
- Toss in some cocoa powder and natural mineral makeup powder for a bronzing bar
Easy Lotion Bars Recipe
Here’s the base for my homemade natural lotion bars; feel free to experiment and change it up!
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter, or mango butter
- 1 cup beeswax
- Essential oils of choice
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 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.
- Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth.
- Remove from heat, let cool a bit, and add any desired essential oils and/or vitamin E.
- Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.
- Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used silicone baking cups for easy removal, though any mold would work.
- Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for gifts.