This solid lotion bar is another great example of my incredibly simple DIY lotion bar recipes. These are very easy to make and once you have the basic recipe you can then tweak it till your heart’s content. This is quite different from my homemade lotion recipe with shea butter or my a creamy homemade body lotion.
Apart from the obvious all over lotion bar, you can also create lip balms and muscle rubs with this versatile recipe. There are no preservatives needed in these moisturizers which are great for anyone with sensitive skin.
These make excellent gifts when packaged in foil, cellophane, lip balm pots, deodorant tubes or pretty tins. They are also very handy in the summer, on the beach, camping or flying.
A nice solid “mini” moisture bar in a small pot in the back pocket is perfect!
For A Basic 3oz Lotion Bar:
Optional Extra (drop the liquid oil to 33% if adding this):
Step 1. Weigh out the beeswax, butter and oil
Step 2. Place into a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and heat until melted, or place a small can (an empty tuna can is perfect) at the bottom of a pan, fill the pan with water and place a heat-proof jug with the ingredients inside on top of the can. Bring to the boil and simmer until melted.
Step 3. Remove the bowl (jug) from the heat and cool slightly (watch it, as it can start to solidify very quickly you only want to cool it enough so as not to destroy the fragrance. Mix in the Vitamin E or fragrance if using and pour into molds or containers.
Step 4. Allow it to set then transfer to the refrigerator or freezer until solid. If you are using a balm or deodorant stick as a container, make sure it’s twisted all the way down and don’t try to move it until its set or you may end up with a dent in the middle of the tube from splashing it around (no need to ask me how I know this)
Lotion bars are almost impossible to get wrong. If for some reason you don’t like the way they look, feel or smell, you can melt them down again. Add a bit more oil or butter if the bars are too hard or a bit more beeswax if they are too soft.
Not enough scent? Melt it down and add a little more, although you do need to be a bit careful with fragrance and essential oils as they can be heat-sensitive, so melt them lightly.
As I may have mentioned earlier these solid lotion bars refrigerate and freeze extremely well, so if you make a few too many you can store them in a container or freezer bag until needed.
Generally, if you are making this solid moisturizer in a lip balm tube or tin, the 3oz batch will make about 9 or 10 of them.
You may also have noticed that one of my bars has a slight pink tone to it, you can achieve this by adding 1 or 2 drops of food coloring (I used red) as soon as the oils were removed from the heat.
Teaming these up with the homemade bath salts makes a great gift.
Or add some layered melt and pour soap for a wonderful gift!
How To Make A Solid Body Butter Bar
I’ve recently been making a body butter bar that seems to be going down well with everyone who’s tried it, and it’s a good place to start if you think you would like to have a go at making your own body creams.
- First you need to melt all your solid ingredients. You can do this by gently heating in the microwave or on the stove top.
- Once it’s all melted you can stir in the liquid oil, if you want to you can also add a little fragrance or essential oil to make some really nice perfumed bars. Although the cocoa butter and the bees wax does have lovely natural scent of its own, so it’s not essential.
- Pour the melted oils into molds (I use soap or flexi cup cake molds) then allow to cool and harden.
- All you need to do now is gently remove the harden bars from their molds and your homemade solid body butter bars are now ready for use.
I’ve been making my own diy skin care recipes now for about five years and my skin has never felt so good. I honestly don’t think that I could go back to using the processed store creams anymore.
When you first start making facials and skin creams at home it does cost a little more to start with, but once your natural ingredients begin to grow they work out at a fraction of the cost of store-bought ones and the rewards are so much greater.
Here are three more solid lotion bars for you to try, and by the way, if you love cocoa butter, take a look at making these wonderful cocoa butter bath treats. Or have a go at making a natural diy body wrap with things you may already have in your kitchen.
Did you make your own solid lotion bar? How did you get on, what ingredients did you use?