DIY Lotion Bar Recipes With Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter & Essential Oils

Want to learn how to make your own DIY lotion bar?

You will be glad to know that these body lotion bars are very easy to make.

Just throw in a few ingredients, wait for it to harden, and it’s done.

Pretty basic!

But what exactly are lotion bars?

They look like soap but are kind of solid balms for the body.

They are made with a mixture of butter, oils, and waxes, and their main aim is to protect the skin and keep it moisturized.

Very handy for winter months and windy days when the skin tends to be drier.

Lotion bars can be applied to the whole body but are especially good for drier parts like elbows, knees, heels, and even lips.

Got a drier patch on your skin? Apply that moisturizing lotion bar to get smoother skin instantly.

OK, let’s make it!

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Easy Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe

I have made 4 lotion bars with different designs.

The ingredients are the same in all of them, the only difference is that I have added fresh rose petals, lavender seeds, and oatmeal.

I wanted to make a non-greasy lotion bar recipe and have added cornstarch in the hope that it will absorb some of the oil, but even if it does, the lotion bars will still be oily because they are made with beeswax and oils.

The beeswax is added to harden the lotion bars, but I have seen recipes without beeswax.

In fact, I have made them myself (see recipe here) to see if they hold their shape, and they did.

If you are not a fan of beeswax, try using a different kind of wax or no wax at all.

Ingredients you need:

Increase or decrease the quantities to make a bigger or smaller batch.

I have used silicone molds like these ones, which are very easy to unmold.

How to make it:

Place the beeswax, Shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter in a water bath over low heat.

Once they are melted, add the oils: jojoba and almond.

Melting ingredients in a container

Add cornstarch, and keep stirring until it is completely dissolved.

Adding cornstarch to the ingredients

Make sure you have the molds ready with the ingredients you want to use.

It is important to be fast because beeswax sets really quick.

Placing petals and seeds on the bottom of molds

Add a layer of the melted oils and wait until it sets.

Adding a layer of oils to the bottom of the molds

Once it has been set, add another layer.

As you can see, I have added a second layer of lavender seeds, rose petals, and oatmeal.

Note: If you want to add rose petals is better to use dried roses as fresh petals will turn dark.

3 silicon molds with lotion bar mixture

Pour the remaining oils on top of the ingredients.

Wait a moment for them to harden and place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Hardening of the beeswax in the molds

Make sure the lotion bars are completely set before un-molding.

Keep them in a non-plastic container and in a dark cool place.

If stored properly, they should last for a long time (+ 12 months).

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Diy lotion bar recipes

DIY skin care recipes you can make at home:

How Do You Use Solid DIY Lotion Bars?

To use, simply rub the lotion bar directly over a dry skin patch and massage it with your hands until it is well absorbed.

Or, you could rub your hands with the lotion bar first and then massage it in any part of the body.

Personally, I like to use them over stretch marks.

How Do You Store Homemade Lotion Bars?

Since lotion bars are very sensitive to heat, you need to keep them in a dark and cool place, far from sunlight and heat.

If you live in a hot climate, the best place to keep them is probably in the fridge.

If you want to have them on display, arranging them in a basket with tissue paper looks cute.

You could also place them in tin containers wrapped in tissue paper and use them on the go.

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2 thoughts on “DIY Lotion Bar Recipes With Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter & Essential Oils”

    1. Yes, of course. Coconut oil is not essential to make these lotion bars so you don’t need to add it. Or you could substitute the coconut oil for any other oil you like. Avocado, sunflower, olive or apricot kernel are good choices.

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