Solid lotion bars are a rich combination of skin loving oils, butters and beeswax formulated into a convenient bar that is solid at room temperature, but melts on contact with your skin. These little gems deposite a concentrated moisture packed punch that is unbeatable. Once you try one, you will not want to be without them. I am going to show you how to make these treasures yourself out of all natural, easy to find ingredients. A beautiful addition in natural skin care for yourself and your families needs.
|Solid Lotion bar paired with matching scented homemade soap.|
You will need 3 ingredients, plus an essential oil or a fragrance if you want it scented, and small molds tubs or tins to pour lotion into.
2) A solid oil, for example: coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter
3) A liquid oil, for example: grapeseed oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil
and, essential oil or skin safe fragrance oil of choice.
Recipe is simply equal parts of the three ingredients. I'll give you a basic recipe using easy to find oils for an example, that's not greasy or heavy, but feel free to use your favorite oils.
BASIC SOLID LOTION BAR RECIPE; This yields 9oz
3 oz beeswax
3 oz coconut oil (or shea if I have it, see note below on using shea, or cocoa butter)
3 oz grapeseed oil (found in your local grocery store with the other oils)
10-15 drops essential oil of choice (optional)
You now have to melt your oils and wax. You can use a double boiler or a microwave, (I use micro)
Grate your beeswax into bowl or pot you will be melting in. Add the grapeseed oil and coconut oil.
Put into microwave and begin melting. Once you see the beeswax start to melt, stir, stir, stir. This helps it to melt faster into the oils without using too much heat. If needed put into the microwave at 20 second bursts. Do not over heat and crack your bowl! Bowl will be HOT use a mitt !
Above: you see chunks of cocoa butter and beeswax floating in oil. Cocoa butter will give you a little harder bar which is good for a massage lotion bar.
Above: you see the beeswax floating in the heated oils. Stir, stir, stir.
Stirring causes the solids to melt in the heated oil.
Once all your beeswax, coconut oil ( or whatever solid you chose ) and grapeseed are all melted, allow to cool down some, not enough to see it harden on edges though........then add your essential oils or fragrance. Stir well. Pour into your molds or tubs.
These cool down quickly and harden into lovely solid lotion that you pop out of their tub or mold and smooth over your skin. I pour mine into these 2 oz tubs, they are easy to store that way. These bars will melt if left in a hot car, if that happens just put them into the frig for a few minutes, no harm done.
There are wonderful variations of this recipe that you can design yourself, this is a good starting point as the oils are easy to find in your local stores. I have to tell you though, that cocoa butter is fabulous in solid lotion bars. You can buy it online. I got mine at Brambleberry, which is where I purchased my essential oils. You can find beeswax there also if you cannot find it locally.
NOTE: if you are using Shea Butter, melt the beeswax and coconut oil first, then add the shea and stir it in. Shea is a finicky butter, it does not like to get over heated, it will turn grainy. Still perfectly good to use if that happens, just not as smooth.
Above: you see a soap bar scented with Brambleberrys "Relaxing" fragrance oil blended with patchouli essential oil, and a matching solid lotion bar of the same scent. Incredibly lovely.
A little more info on the lotion bar subject HERE
Any questions, feel free to leave a comment.
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