If you don't know what lotion bars are, have I got something for you! Until recently, I had no idea what they were. Then I went to a local artisan's market. One of the vendors was selling these and I picked one up to try. I loved it! I did not love the price. I decided this was probably something else, I could just make. And viola! Lotion bars!
So what are they? They're lotion but less goopy. You rub them on your hands, feet or rough patches of skin, and they melt with your body temperature and moisturize your body.
Supplies you will need:
2-cup or larger glass measuring cup
1/2 c measuring cup
Metal spoon or a wood stirrer
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c pure shea butter
1/2 c beeswax pellets
2 vitamin E gel caps (optional)
30-40 drops essential oil (optional)
1. Place oil, shea butter and beeswax in the large measuring cup. Microwave then stir in 20-second intervals until the contents are fully liquid. This takes about 3 minutes, but don't be tempted to heat without the intervals as you could burn your oils.
2. At this point, prick the ends of the gel caps and squeeze into the melted mixture. Add the essential oil to your preference and stir.
3. Pour into your mold and let solidify. It will take about 30 minutes, but I usually let mine sit for a few hours.
4. Pop bars out of the silicon mold and place in a sealable container.
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- You can mix these in a bowl but doing them in the measuring cup makes them easy to pour.
- If you use something other than metal to stir, be prepared to part with it. After the first use, wood should not be used for cooking. Do not use plastic as it is susceptible to melting.
- As with the wooden spoon, it's best if the large cup and the silicon mold are used only for the lotion bars. The items measured into the smaller cup wash away well. I know the other cup is glass but trust me on this.
- The vitamin E is good for your skin but it is also a preservative.
- These make great gifts. Place them in small organza bags with a card explaining usage.
- Do not use oils intended for candles or potpourri making. These are not safe for use on skin.