If you don’t like the greasy feeling that beeswax leaves on the skin try this lotion bar recipe without beeswax.
I like to take care of my skin but one of the things I find more challenging is finding the time to moisturize my body. And when looking for something practical that saves me time I found lotion bars.
I discovered them long ago when I tried one from Lush and immediately felt in love with the moisturizing bars. The only downside is that they are a bit expensive and that’s why I decided to make my own.
If you are looking for a quick way to moisturize your skin and are not keen on body creams, try making these lotion bars. Even if it seems like hard work at the beginning, it will be worth it, because it will save you money and give you personal satisfaction.
Beeswax Free Lotion Bar Recipe
I have made this recipe using dried rose and hibiscus flowers that have been macerated in sweet almond oil for 6 weeks. I understand that most people won’t have this ingredient so feel free to personalize the recipe with the ingredients you have at home.
For instance, you could use just sweet almond oil or any other infused oil if you have one. Other oils you could use include coconut, jojoba, safflower, argan, avocado and grape seed.
If you really want to use a herbal infused oil there is a quicker way to do it; using the heat infused oil method. To find out how to make it click here.
Ingredients you need:
50 gr dried rose and hibiscus flowers infused in sweet almond oil
30 gr Shea butter (buy here)
60 gr cosmetic grade SOY wax like this one
20 gr cornstarch
1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
Rose essential oil (15 drops) (this one has good ratings)
Cosmetic grade pink colorant (optional) (Need colorant? Check this one)
These ingredients are enough to fill 3 silicon molds like these ones.
How to make it:
Put the soy wax in a container and place it in another container with water. Simmer until the wax has melted and add rose-hibiscus infused oil or one of your choice. Add also the vitamin E oil to help protect the oils from rancidity. Stir.
I have added cornstarch to make the lotion bars less greasy. Make sure it has dissolved properly before adding the next ingredient.
Now add the colorant if you are using one. In this occasion I have used pink food colorant which is considered safe to use on the skin. What I find when I use food colorant is that it does not disperse well and it concentrates at the bottom of the mold. This is why the rose lotion bars ended up with two tones. But I like them. They look cute!
Next add rose essential oil and stir well.
Transfer to silicon molds and wait for them to harden. To speed up this process place the molds in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
Once you unmold the lotion bars they are ready to use.
Sometimes the lotion bars can harden due to several reasons: the weather, the ingredients used or how you store them. If the bars are too harsh for the skin try to soften them with the palm of your hands or by placing them few seconds in the microwave. If the opposite occurs and the bars become too soft placing them in the fridge will solve that problem.
I find the best time to use the lotion bars is after a shower when the skin is still moist because it spreads more easily.
To store them keep them in a dry container with lid and away from sunlight. I like to keep mine wrapped in tissue paper inside clear glass or aluminium tin.
I’m not sure how long they will last because I never have them for too long, but overall, I have read they can last for approx. 12 to 18 months. Plant therapy blog recommends to go with the ingredient with the shortest shelf life to calculate the expire date.
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