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DIY Lotion Bars

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December 13, 2012 by Emily

There’s a store in the mall that sells solid lotion bars, they feel great and smell delicious. They’re $11 each…wait what?!  I’m a teacher on a pretty tight budget…. can I get that lotion bar on lay-away?! Oh yeah, and I can’t get near the store without going into sensory overload…strong, overwhelming mixes of smells, even yummy smells, give me headaches. *sigh* 

So while these lotion bars used to be my treat to me, and one of my favorite gifts to give to people I think I’m going to have to take a pass on the mall and move my love of lotion bars into the kitchen.

What You’ll Need:

-100% Beeswax, You can find this in the candle making section of craft stores…I’ve even used 100% beeswax candles from the grocery store!

-Grape Seed Oil, my grocery store carries this but if you can’t find it Olive Oil works as well

-Coconut Oil

-Essential Oils (if you want scented lotions)

-Molds, silicone bake ware works perfectly

-Metal container for mixing lotion.Only use a container you don’t mind using only for waxy materials!! I used a large can that was set for the recycling bin.

Method:

Measure out equal portions of chopped wax, grape seed oil and coconut oil. I weighed mine, only because there was a kitchen scale next to me, but you can use volume measurements as well… mine ended up being 1/2cup or 4 ounces of each ingredient.

Prepare a double boiler; a small sauce pan with an inch or so of water set to simmer, you’ll place your “don’t-care-if-this-never-gets-clean” metal container into the water to gently heat the ingredients.

Put the bees wax into your metal container and set in the water and allow to melt. Next add the grape seed oil and coconut oil stirring until everything is incorporated and remove from heat…we’re almost done!

If you want to scent your lotion bars now is the time to do so. My essential Oil bottle told me how many drops (4) to add per ounce of “base” so I gentely stirred in about 48-50 drops.

One a side note:  pure aromatherapy grade essential oils can be found in stores like whole foods or MOMs, but they can also be found in craft stores like Michaels in the candle and soap aisle. The only real difference I see is that craft stores have a smaller selection and often the craft store oils are “pre-mixed” into scent combinations like vanilla-lavendar or “serenity” and you aren’t able to smell before you buy.  

You’re ready to pour! Carefully pour your liquid lotion mixture into whatever mold you like and allow to set until solid, about 2 hours. Then pop them out of the molds and package for presents or personal use!

I put my personal use lotion into a little metal tin that I can throw into my gym bag or glove compartment so I didnt need to worry about fuzz on my lotion or getting lotion on my gym shoes…but for gifts I placed them into little bakery boxes with brightly colored packing fluff inside! I think they’ll make great stocking stuffers and presents for some of my co-workers!

 


2 comments »

  1. [...] Solid Lotion Measured by Volume: Although I recommend using a recipe that includes measurements by weight, if you don’t own a kitchen scale you can try out this recipe from The Cheap Luxury, which includes volume measurements. [...]

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