Saturday, January 5, 2013

All Natural Homemade Lotion Bars Recipe

Need something to soften those dry hands that have spent too much time cleaning and exposure to water?
Do your fingers crack and bleed? you need a fast and wonderful gift for a friend.....or foe?
Lotion bars are a great for all of the above!

Lotion bars are very easy and fast to make.
By using a few ingredients you can have a wonderful bar of lotion that you can take anywhere, and use anytime, or give away!

Just by following a simple basic ingredients breakdown.

Use:  25-33% Beeswax
          67-75% base oils
  and Vitamin E Oil      (as a  preservative to keep oils from going rancid)

There are many, many different oils  you can use as a base oils, but for this recipe I just picked three.

5.5 oz beeswax
7 oz olive oil
6.5 oz coconut oil
1.5 oz Shea butter (I use unrefined Shea Butter)
1 scant tablespoon Vitamin E Oil
1 tablespoon fragrance oil ( you can use more or less)

Measure all ingredients, except the Shea Butter,  into a small pan.

Put the pan on the lowest setting on your stove and let all melt slowly. Beeswax melts at about 150 degrees, so you don't want the oils to heat up beyond that.

You can also use the microwave with a microwave safe bowl. But melt slowly, with 20-30 second burst, and stir in between burst. 

It doesn't take a lot of heat to heat up Olive and coconut oils. But because beeswax melts at about 150 degrees in between heating bursts stir to get the beeswax to melt before you put it in for another 20-30 seconds.  Towards the end it may only take about 10 seconds (or just more stirring) to melt the rest of the beeswax. 

There is no right or wrong way to melt this. Just as long as you do not let the oils get too hot. Having some kind of a thermometer will help you to keep an eye on the temperature. 

When all is melted let it stand for a few minutes to cool down to about 130-135 degrees, and then add the Shea Butter and let it melt on its own (or you can stir it around). If Shea Butter is heated on a too high of a temperature it could turn grainy. You don't want this to happen.

Pour into a mold of your choice. Don't let the mixture cool to much or it will start to solidify. If it does, just heat it back up a bit.

Here are three different tins you can put your finished lotion bars in.
The small square holds approximately a .9 oz square lotion bar.
I used the silicone brownie bite
mold to get this size.

 The other tins you can find on line at

Small round holds about 1.9 oz round bar of lotion.
You can get the mold I used for this size tin at:
384 Guest Bee Soap Mold

The large round is a 4 oz container. 
I used a Bee & Honey Comb mold for this one from:  

You can use virtually anything to mold you lotion bars! Before you throw out or recycle anything....think....could I use this for lotions bars? or even a soap mold? You never know! I have also used an empty mineral powder jar! As long as it does not have a lip at the top that bends inside the should pop right out for you!



  1. Wow, great tutorial and photos on lotion bars Val.

  2. Hi,i made one,but its too oily,i wish i could make aloe vera moisturizer and oil free lotion. My skin is oily.