DIY Lotion Bars (Recipe)

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. 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.
  2. Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth.
  3. Remove from heat, let cool a bit, and add any desired essential oils and/or vitamin E.
  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 silicone baking cups for easy removal, though any mold would work.
  6. Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for gifts.

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