natural beauty

homemade lotion bars: all about that silky smooth

lotion-molds

Who doesn’t experience dry skin every now and again? Especially this time of year. I still stand by my coconut oil face wash as it has been a saving grace this winter. I used to need to moisturize my face every day, and even then, dry skin was a struggle. It wasn’t until my natural skin care switch to avoid chemicals that I stopped using lotions all together.

But with all this cold weather and hot showers, I have been in pursuit of a natural moisturizer that I can use after a shower and cover larger areas. (Ladies, who doesn’t long for smooth soft legs year round?) A few folks have asked me about what lotions I use/make, so I know I’m not alone in this hunt. I am pretty excited to share what I was able to come up with. (Once I placed my lotion bars on a plate, it took me half a second to see a smiling face looking back at me.)

homemade-lotion

This homemade lotion recipe is packed with ingredients working for the benefit of your skin. Coconut oil and vitamin E oil protect you from the sun. Vitamin E oil on its own has anti-aging effects and helps your skin retain moisture naturally. Grapeseed oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen, and acne reductive properties (to name a few). Cocoa butter has many of its own benefits, like soothing sensitive skin and restorative qualities to bring your skin back to life. And beeswax echoes several of the benefits already listed, including locking in moisture. Let’s just say it packs a powerful moisturizing, skin loving punch, and we can’t get enough.

homemade-lotion-bars

Here is the recipe for my homemade lotion bars:

  • 1 oz. beeswax
  • 1 oz. cocoa butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp vitamin E oil
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 15-20 drops of essential oil (of your choice)

To make the lotion, place all the ingredients except the essential oil into a jar or double boiler.

ingredients-for-diy-lotion

Tip: cocoa butter can be hard to cut without it just crumbling, but Ryan came up with the smart idea to heat the knife to make things a little easier.

warming-knife

And it worked!

cutting-cocoa-butter

Bring a small pot with roughly 2 inches of water to a boil and place the jar inside it to melt the ingredients. It took about 15 minutes to allow all the ingredients to melt (beeswax takes its sweet time).

melting-ingredients

Once everything has melted, allow it to cool for a few minutes. Then, mix in the essential oils you have chosen. After that, fill your molds. I was going to solely use my trusty silicone star ice tray from Ikea, but then I came across silicone cupcake liners. I preferred them for a larger lotion bar.

filling-star-molds filling-molds

Let the molds set for 3 hours to harden. If you are making a large batch and need your mold to refill, let the fresh poured molds set for 10 minutes, then place them in the fridge while you start to prep and melt the next round. When you are ready to pour your next batch, you will be able to gently remove the lotion from their molds and allow them to continue to harden.

lotion-molds

We have only been using these homemade lotion bars for a short time but are loving them. It is such a relief not to have to scan bottles for chemicals or pay out the wazoo for a ‘natural’ lotion, not to mention all the ingredients in the homemade stuff has so many benefits. And with that, I am kissing dry skin goodbye.

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