Basically, for lotion bars, you need 1 part bees wax to 2 parts oil though you can play with amounts to get a bar just right for you. Google for recipes, there are lots! I chose to use coconut and olive oils so I used 1 part of each. I also wanted to scent my lotion bar with essential oils and my essential oil is a blend from Young Living called Peace & Calming. It is divine! ( ** here is where you can get it, no it is not an affiliate link, see disclosure below) The bees wax had a lovely scent and so did the coconut oil. After adding the essential oil blend it was heavenly! Please note; you do not need to add anything for scent. It is nice just as it is.
The jar will be really hot when you remove it from the water! Be Careful! When I added the cooler oils into the melted wax it looked curdled because the wax was solidifying again. That may not have happened if I had stirred the wax while slowly pouring in the oils. So I poured it back into the jar and put it in the hot water stirring until it once again melted.
The reason I marked the jar with the blue tape is so that I did not need to measure or weigh the oils for an equal part as the wax. It was a lazy fast way to get equal amounts of oils and wax.
After I again removed my jar from the hot water I stirred the mix to cool it some before I added my essential oil drops. I put about 20 drops of the Peace & Calming in the mix. Once it begins to look the slightest bit cloudy it will quickly solidify. (so pour into your mold before that ;) Not to worry if it starts to harden too soon, just put it back into the hot water. Mix essential oils in well and pour into your mold. My mold here is a clean single serve plastic apple sauce container. It worked perfectly for a mold, as my finished mix was a little less than 4 oz.
The finished bar pops out of the mold easily and melts by the warmth of your skin. It seems really greasy and thick going on but soaks in pretty well in minutes. Really great for my 'older' dry skin!
I will figure out how to simplify the process so there are not as many steps (I want everything to be as fast, easy as I can have it) though it still was very simple and fast. Such as only using one container through the whole process or even heating mixing and molding in same container, And, by the way, you can use the microwave instead of a pot of hot water. I was trying to preserve nutrients of the oils as much as possible and choose to use the stove top.
** Disclosure: Again, the Essential Oils Blends, Peace & Calming can be found at Make Your Own Medicine; not an affiliate link! I did receive a free bottle for review purposes, (and decided to try it in my lotion bar) a review that I have yet to write. Coming soon!
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