Like most Try Something Tuesday projects, DIY lotion bars are something I’ve meant to do for a long time, but just didn’t get around to. It’s easy, quick, and inexpensive, and yielded great results, so it’s definitely something I’ll be trying again.
I used coconut oil I already had in my cabinet, beeswax purchased from my health food store, and lavender essential oil (optional).
Step One: Melt equal portions of coconut oil and beeswax over low heat. (I used 2 Tablespoons of each). It melts quickly, so don’t leave unattended.
If you want the lotion bars to be extra moisturizing, add a touch more coconut oil. If you want them to be a little firmer, add a touch more beeswax.
Step Two: When mixture is a liquid, add essential oil, if desired. I added 20 drops of lavender oil.
Step Three: Pour liquid into mold, and wait until lotion is fully solid.
I used a heart ice cube tray I happened to have, but you can purchased large and small molds (such as a soap mold) at craft stores or on amazon.
Step Four: Remove from mold and place into sealed container.
I purchased a metal tin for mine, as I plan to give them as gifts. If you add essential oil, the lotion bars need to be kept in an opaque container, protected from light.
This lotion is much less greasy than using plain coconut oil as a moisturizer. I did boil water in my pan immediately after making the lotion, and after pouring the boiling water out, scrubbed the pan well. It came clean with no problem.
This is much less expensive than some store-bought natural lotions, and you can personalize the scent, or leave it fragrance free.