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Monday, February 11, 2013

Solid Lotion Bars

A bath and body must have: Solid Lotion Bar!
A solid at room temperature that melts on contact with your skin
 into a rich moisturizing lotion.  

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Made with a short ingredient list of the "who's who" of moisturizing natural butters and oils these
little gems come packed with a skin nourishing punch!  No water is used, so no preservatives are
needed.   Super long shelf life.     Convenient to use and carry.    

You just pop your lotion bar out of its container, it is solid and smooth.  Turn it around in your hand like a bar of soap and your skin temperature begins to melt the lovely oils.  Silky and smooth, not greasy.

Smooth it on your legs after shaving, rub it into dry problem areas like your elbows and heels to restore, moisturize and heal.

I make mine with essential oils, high quality fragrance oils or leave unscented.  It's pure luxury, once you use a solid lotion bar you will never want to be without one.

RECIPE:
The recipe I like the best can be tweaked any way you like it to make the perfect bar for your skin.
Choose your oils and butters according to your preference of their properties.  If you are allergic to nuts don't use sweet almond oil, etc.

33%  Beeswax
33%  Natural butter.....cocoa butter, avocado butter, shea butter etc
33%  Natural oil..........sweet almond, grapeseed, coconut oil, olive, sunflower, etc
Essential oil, skin safe fragrance oil of choice.

I always put a bit of vitamin E in mine.
Keep in mind that heavy or greasy oils will make a greasy bar.

If you want a harder bar, use more beeswax or more cocoa butter, less sweet almond oil.

                                           The range of play in this recipe by general consensus is:  
25-33 %   Beeswax
67-75%    Base oils
Vit. E,  essential oil or fragrance
Just always make sure your recipe adds up to 100%.

If you don't want to make your own Solid Lotion Bar, you can
purchase one from Natures Home Spa 

                                                                       

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11 comments:

vincent borres said...

Lovely, again very interesting. I think a lot of us nowadays are really keen on nourishing our skin not to mention that it is indeed the largest organ of our body. Well done. Cheers!

Adeliz Stiles said...

Do you know of any recipe for a solid lotion bar using goats milk?

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Adeliz, No I haven't run across any recipe for these solid lotion bars using milks of any kind. Solid lotion bars feature all oils and butters, with and without essential oils added, no liquids like water, milk, tea etc. But I wonder if anyone has tried them with powdered goats milk, etc.... hmmmm

Adeliz Stiles said...

That sounds interesting...might try it.
Thank you!

Suzy said...

I want to make lotion bars, but really don't want one that leaves my skin feeling greasy/oily. Any suggestions? You said there were some bars that were heavy... does heavy mean solid? Are there oils that skin really likes? Thanks so much!

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Suzy,
I'm the same as you, I do not like a greasy or oily lotion bar.
I have found that using grapeseed oil for the liquid oil in the'
bar really helps. It pulls the other ingredients under the skin
with it to get the moisture where it needs to be. It absorbs
quickly as opposed to olive oil that will sit longer on the surface
of the skin.

By a heavy bar I mean a lotion bar that has heavy oils that tend
to be greasier, like
the olive oil. Oils and/or butters that stay on the skin's surface
longer, absorption rate longer, etc.

My favorite combination of oils and butters that is not greasy is
2 oz beeswax
2 oz coconut oil
1 oz shea butter
1 oz grapeseed oil

Hope this helps Suzy!
Anna

Karen Duncan said...

Anna, where did you get your 2 ounce tubs?

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Karen, I get my 2 oz tubs at our local Dollar Store. You get 10 in a package, in rectangle or round forms. They are superb for the lotion bars. And are BPA free. Hope you can find them!

liz Ellis said...

hi - i am still new to all this - my question is - how much fragrance oil and how much essential oils would i put in these bars - i wouldnt combine them but just wondering how much is too much of which ever perfume i would use
thanks heaps
liz

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Liz,
My favorite combination of oils and butters that is not greasy is
2 oz beeswax
2 oz coconut oil
1 oz shea butter OR cocoa butter
1 oz grapeseed oil

To this amount of oils I add 3/4 tsp of fragrance oil. But this is how I like it to smell!
You will need to experiment to see how you like it scented.

After all your oils/butters/beeswax are melted together, add a small amount of fragrance oil, stir well.
Put a drop of the oil on the back of your hand and rub it in and smell it. Keep a record of how much you use, and when you get it the strength you like.

For essential oils, the recommended amount of use is 6 drops per 1 oz of oil, this is a 1% dilution. So, for my 6oz recipe above, you could use up to 36 drops of essential oils. You
actually can combine fragrance oils and essential oils if you wanted to. Just keeping in mind the dilution rate. For example, I will add a little peppermint essential oil with some of my fragrance oils to brighten them up.

Hope this helps Liz!
Anna

liz Ellis said...

hi Anna
thank you so much for your help - i will now feel much more confident and go ahead and make some of these for gifts for Christmas
Liz

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