Friday, August 23, 2013

Making Your Own Lotion Bars

I have been trying to replace all my body care and beauty items with healthier and natural alternatives in an effort to be healthier. I am allergic to many things! Lotion bars are popular right now (you have probably lots of DIY's for them) and seem so easy to make so I decided to give it a try. I learn best by doing so I am sure I will be tweaking my process a bit as time goes on, but here is my first version and I wanted to share with you. I am happy to say it was very easy to make and I may never buy lotion again; yes I love it that much! 




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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61 comments:

  1. I like this idea! And I love that you recycled at the same time. :)

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  2. Wonderful idea. I have never heard of lotion bars until now...I must be living under a rock. I was recently introduced to the Young Living Essential Oils.

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  3. I love the smell of bees wax and of coconut oil too! The finished product must have been lovely :)

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  4. Do you use these instead of soap?
    THANKS FOR POSTING-my daughter is highly sensitive and I might try making some for her for Christmas, if they are a soap alternative?
    gemmill.mary@gmail.com

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    1. Hello, no they are not a soap alternative. They are lotion in a solid form. I use hand made goat milk soap that I buy; it works great. I plan to learn how to make my own one day. You know, when I get around to it :)

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    2. Just straight water is actually a great soap alternative in most situations. I only use soap on my hands. :)

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  5. I would love to try this. I love how the finished product looks.
    Thanks for the info.
    http://blackberrywintercrafts.blogspot.com/

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  6. Thanks for the excellent tut visiting from Sew Darn Crafty linky party.

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  7. These are perfect for people that have a lot of skin allergies.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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  8. This looks totally awesome, I definitely want to try it! Pinning this, and thanks for sharing at my link party!

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  9. I bet this smells wonderful. Thanks for sharing at the DIY Sunday Showcase.

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  10. I've never made my own lotion bars before - now I can't wait to give it a go! I bought beeswax recently to make lip balm, so I've got everything I need to get going right away :) I'd be thrilled if you'd come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays: http://pinkrecipebox.com/creative-wednesdays-with-pink-recipe-box-6/

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  11. What a great idea! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIYers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-last-weeks-top-three.html

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  12. I love the idea of lotion INSIDE my soap. Avoid that dry ski feeling.... And beeswax is one of my favorite fragrances! Awesome idea!
    Thanks for sharing!!!


    hugs x Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  13. These would make great baby shower or bridal shower favors. Thanks for sharing. I'm pinning this just in case I ever get around to making gifts instead of just going crazy on amazon this year. Found you on the Serenity you link up.
    Heidi
    @ typativemamacat.com

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  14. I am totally making these for Christmas gifts! Such an easy and thoughtful gift for cold dry hands. :) Thanks for the recipe!

    Kylie
    absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

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  15. This is similar to something I make. I prefer these homemade lotions to those purchased in the store. They leave your body feeling much better than the store bought stuff. Tea tree oil is a good ingredient to use and has a great aroma.

    Happy mixing,

    Sophia
    twentyfiveseasons.com

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  16. I love this! I have a handmade lotion bar that I bought and it is amazing, it actually works unlike most store bought lotion. Thanks for sharing, maybe I will get motivated and make some instead of buy it :)

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  17. oooh, I really love the shape of your mold simply using an applesauce cup! I make lotion bars often and usually in bulk, so I have a silicone mold that turns out perfectly shaped rectangular bars, but might start using this shape in addition. Also, I have always used a double boiler, which can get pretty messy; so I will certainly be trying a glass submerged next time. Thanks for your tips!

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  18. I made lotion bars last year. I didn't like the recipe. I'll have to try yours. xo

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  19. Looks like an awesome idea. I make something similar, but harder and in a jar.. I just use it on my yucky feet.. lol.. But this is a great idea for everywhere else!

    http://itzybellababy.blogspot.com/2013/08/wine-saying-stamped-card-tutorial.html

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  20. I love your idea of melting the wax and then making a fill line. So clever! I tend to either weigh everything (if I am going to blog it), or guestimate everything, when I am dealing with things like sold coconut oil and wax which don't necessarily "measure" easily. Thanks for the tip :)

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  21. PS Hi! I just popped over from the Homemade Mondays Linky List.

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  22. I have always loved this product at Lush and now I can make it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  23. Great tutorial!
    I would love to try this.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  24. I have never made the lotion bars, but you made it seem pretty easy. It sounds like they smell wonderful too. Thanks so much for linking this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop. I hope you have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  25. Very nice tutorial. I want to try pain relief bars using menthol crystals. Both my hubby and I love a lotion called Pain-A-Trate which is sort of like bengay (sp?) only smells less medicinal and you can actually rub it in all the way – no more worrying about residue on your hands before you touch your eyes. I wonder if Candellila Wax would work for this recipe instead of beeswax? That’s what I have on hand for making lip balm with.

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  26. these look great - almost like a dessert! I may try my hand at making them- I make other stuff like this but never a lotion bar! great !

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  27. Love this! Love trying to replace store bought with natural and homemade. Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm featuring this on my social media sites today. Thanks for linking up!
    KC

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  28. looks great Connie, thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  29. I'd never thought about making my own before, but what a great idea!

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  30. I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing your recipe on Friendship Friday.

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  31. what a GREAT idea! Will have to give this a try!

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  32. One day I will pluck up the courage to try this! But you have already made it look easier...

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  33. Thanks for sharing this. I can't wait to try it. I have been using home made face moisturizer for a couple of years now from a recipe I found on line. I never knew that the lotion bars were so easy. I am going to have to go find myself some bees wax. :-)

    Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

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  34. Neat! I made my own deodorant for the first time and posted about it this week, and I would love to try these as well! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. This is the first time I've seen a recipe for a lotion bar. Very simple and I don't think there are too many steps. Thank you for sharing your personal choices with us. I am heading over to Make your Own Medicine to check out the different oils they have available, although Peace and Calming sounds quite charming.
    Visiting from the Blog Strut, following on Pinterest so I can see what else you create.
    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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  36. What great idea! I can't believe how easy this is! I will definitely be trying this.

    Visiting from Sew Many Ways,
    Nikell

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  37. I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing this!! Now following you with GFC!

    Emily

    http://emprovising.blogspot.com

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  38. what a great post - thank you so much for sharing. I tried the whipped coconut oil with essential oils and vitamin e but it tends to get really melty if the house is warm. This seems like a much better idea!

    Pinned it.

    Sue
    Bebeandj.com

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  39. Love this! I would love to make these for stocking stuffers!
    Visiting from Grace Grits and Gardening.

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  40. How fun... Super great gift idea! Thanks so much for coming to share them at our group link party last week! You've been featured- come grab a button http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com and share your latest and greatest too! Have a fabulous weekend. xoxo~ Ruthie

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  41. I bought all the stuff to make this awhile back. Thanks for the great tutorial Connie. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot. My 12 T-Fal Stainless Steel Cookware set giveaway is live today. Stop over and enter. It’s a beautiful set :) Have a wonderful Labor Day!

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  42. I pinned it! Looks awesome. I have super dry skin, so I definitely need lotion with me at all times. Thanks for sharing your technique with us.

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  43. Great idea! Love this. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime! Pinning this.

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  44. Hi Connie, I have a recipe for homemade lotion that I love but have never seen lotion bars. Great idea and they are so pretty. I think they would make great gifts too! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  45. I love homemade beauty products. I make our vegan lip balm and soap but never lotion bars.
    YOU have been Featured at Tuesdays with a Twist at Back to the Basics!
    Come on over and share your latest post.

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  46. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell. I love this idea. I'm definitely going to have to try it out. If it works for me, maybe I can make some for Christmas gifts too. You have been featured!
    http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/09/show-tell-features.html

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  47. I love love love this! I am so excited to make my own, too.
    Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two! I shared this on my FB page today. I hope you will stop in for a visit.
    Make it a great day!

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  48. I love this idea, thanks for sharing! I look forward to trying it out myself!

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  49. The lotion bar looks awesome! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop :)
    Hope you can link up again today...
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/09/the-homeacre-hop-35.html

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  50. I'm featuring your post on the HomeAcre Hop on Thursday! Thank you for sharing.
    Kathi @ oakhillhomestead.com

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  51. Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday this week! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea with us!

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  52. Such a wonderful idea. It's especially great for the kids since they usually get the lotion everywhere. A bar would be much more manageable.

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  53. Wow! I love this. I have been wanting to make my own lotion bars for some time, my neighbor is wonderfully crafty about making her own soaps and ointments and I am behind the curve. Thank you for such a great post! This is being featured @ Great Idea Thursday's :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  54. I think these would make fantastic DIY Christmas gifts. Great post!

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  55. Great post! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely be making these soon!

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  56. I've been wanting to try this. Lovely post. Did you get your molds at Amazon too? I had a nice visit today catching up on your posts! Theresa @DearCreatives

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  57. These would make great baby shower or bridal shower favors. Thanks for sharing. I'm pinning this just in case I ever get around to making gifts instead of just going crazy on amazon this year. Found you on the Serenity you link up. best vacuum for hardwood floors

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  58. What a wonderful post. I truly enjoyed reading this. And thank you for commenting on my blog and leading me to yours.

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