4/8/13

Body Butter and Lotion Bars

 I love lotion. I really, really do. I put it on many times a day. I can't pronounce many of the ingredients found in any brand I have, so I tried to give it up. I bought almond oil which is very nourishing to my skin, but it lacks that luscious, creamy texture which I have leaned is what I love most about lotion. So, I decided to try it on my own. I have read about lotion bars which also sounded intriguing, so I set out to make both. And oh my goodness. Easy Peasy! I took 4 oz of beeswax and mixed it with 4 oz of  Shea butter.


You now need to melt them slowly. You can do this over a double broiler or in a pot on the stove. I used the microwave (don't judge) because I was in a bit of a hurry. I heated for 1 min, and stirred, then did that every 30 seconds. The beeswax takes longer to melt, be patient with it.


It smelled so honey-like, that I decided to add a scoop of honey too. Um, don't do that. It may work with soap, but with lotion, not so much. Trust me on this. 



See what it looks like after you have been patient?

Once it was melted, I added the oils. 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup sweet almond. Then I divided it into 4 equal parts and added citrus bliss to one, peppermint to another, lavender to one and lime to the last. Then I just poured them into molds and in 1/2 hour, I had beautiful lotion bars. I had to scrape the honey off the top, which had settled to the bottom. I will resist the temptation to add that next time. :)

Now on to the creamy stuff! Measure 8 oz of Shea butter and melt it with 1/2 cup of coconut oil.



Once it is melted, let it cool. I put it in the refrigerator for 20 min. Then I added 1/2 cup of almond oil. You should have about 2 cups of liquid at this point. I decided to leave this unscented. It takes a lot of oil to overpower the scent of Shea butter. I would prefer to add a drop of any oil I am in the mood for when I use the lotion. Then it serves two purposes. A luxurious lotion and a carrier oil for therapeutic essential oils. It is a win win! Now that all the ingredients are in place, put in the freezer for 20-30 min. Pull it out and scrape down the sides. Then it is time to whip it. I used an immersion blender, but any old kitchen beaters will do. It doesn't take long to look like this.


I divided it up into a few containers. It is beautiful. It melts when it touches your skin. It seems a bit greasy at first, but absorbs rather quickly. I look forward to testing these out. Maybe they will help me overcome my lotion addiction. And, I learned a new skill!


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8 comments:

  1. Cool! I really should try homemade lotion sometime. Going to pin this. Thanks so much for linking-up at A Humble Bumble. :)

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  2. I have been wanting to try making my own lotion bars but just haven't found any beeswax yet. I found a recipe where you melt all the stuff in the slow cooker (with one of those plastic bag things in it). I wasn't sure if the microwave would work or not.

    Thanks for sharing on our healthy tuesdays blog hop!
    Kerry from www.countrylivingonahill.com

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  3. Pinned this! I'm really interested in making lotion bars. Thanks!

    Jessica @ Bint Rhoda's Kitchen

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  4. I really want to try this!!!!

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  5. Joining from the Healthy Tuesday hop, so I am not the only one addicted to lotion! I use it all day. I never tried making my own, but I did some thing similar to this for my hair, I use shea butter and coconut oil a lot. Gonna try this. New follower. Look forward to the connect.
    Living F.A.B.ulously on Purpose

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  6. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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  7. I never have done making my own lotion yet. Now that I found this it seemed so good and all so natural for my skin. Guess I have to make the same too, thanks!

    -UncommonScents.com

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