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Monday, January 12, 2015

DIY Lotion Bars (for those dry winter hands!)

Last month, we had a Christmas party for our local oils team, & one of the gifts we made for them were these lotion bars. I hadn't made them before, so I wasn't quite sure how they'd turn out, but over the last couple of weeks, my lotion bar has been my go-to for my dry winter hands! It moisturizes really well. 

Here is the original post with the recipe for the lotion bars. Since I was feeling festive, I added orange, nutmeg, & cinnamon bark essential oils for a spicy citrus smell, but now that I find them so useful for dry hands, I'd probably stick with oils that really aid skin health - lavender, melaleuca or Melrose, frankincense, myrrh, etc. The smell of the other ingredients are pretty prominent anyways.

You can use any mold you like - I bought this silicone mold at Hobby Lobby. You can also find them at baking supply shops (& not at Bed Bath & Beyond, surprisingly) or you can order them online from Amazon.

Here is the final product! I've been using mine for about a month & it'll probably last me another month or two of heavy usage. 

DIY Lotion Bars

2 oz. coconut oil
2 oz. shea butter (or cocoa butter)
2 oz. bees wax pellets
2 capsules vitamin E
essential oils for scent (I used about 40 drops total)
soap mold (plastic or silicone)
glass bowl or measuring cup, inside a pan with water

Place the coconut oil, shea/cocoa butter, & beeswax in the glass bowl, inside of your pan of hot water on the stove. Heat water to melt the ingredients & mix them together. (The original recipe has you melting the ingredients in the microwave, but I didn't want to destroy any of the properties of the ingredients.) 

When melted & mixed, remove from heat. Add vitamin E & essential oils & mix together. Pour into molds & let cool. Pop them out of the molds when they have completely cooled & hardened.

To use them, you just rub the bar in your hands & it will easily melt off a bit onto your hands. Then rub it into your hands - it will soak into your skin in a minute or two. Tip - since it is slightly oily in nature, do not leave it on furniture. Place it on top of something, or in some kind of container. 


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