Homemade Lotion Bars!
In the past I have made my ownlip balm using Shea and cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil and light mica pigments with a good preservative and touch of Vitamin E. That's all it takes!
I attended my first Renaissance festival a few years ago and was approached by a "man of the land" who had handmade lotion bars to try. I was extremely excited because I, myself, make homemade skin care items and had always been curious about someone else's work. He thoroughly explained his process and the ingredients that went into it, and surprisingly he used less ingredients than I have in the past.
I'm going to try my hand at making gifts for my friends and loved ones for once. It'll be cheaper and more personal. I'm even going to add a little bit of festive fragrance oils to really make the moisturizing experience more interactive!
Here's my process:
What you'll need:
- 1 part Beeswax (blocks, bars, beads, and pastels are great.)
- 1 part Solid Oil (Coconut Oil is perfect)
- 1 part Shea, Shealoe, Cocoa Butter
- Fragrance Oil optional
- Silicone or flexible non-stick mold for the completed bar
- Double Boiler; tin or glass jar with small saucepan of water in lieu of
- Stirring Utensils
*Please note that any tools used for this project should probably be designated for it solely going forward. The oils, butters and beeswax can be re-melted over and over, but it's pretty hard to rid the pans and boilers of it completely in between projects.
- Vitamin E as a preservative
Heat your double boiler or saucepan filled with a few cups of water until it gently boils. If you're using the saucepan method, just fill it about a quarter of the way. The bottom surface of your pot should be warm before proceeding.
Start with your beeswax. Pour or drop your 1 part beeswax into the pot you're using and give it a little spin. Stirring will help melt the beeswax faster. It should take a while before it's melted all the way down.
In the meantime, add your butter and solid oil. For a more firm bar, cut back on the solid oil, for a more melted bar on contact with skin, use more solid oil.
Now, we wait for it to all melt together. Again, keep stirring to keep up the convection of heat.
Once it's all melted down, remove your pot from the heat source. Let it cool only for up to a minute as your lotion bar is already starting to set!
After the minute, stir in your fragrance oils if you've elected to add them and finally a few drops of Vitamin E. Remember to add the Vitamin E last as it needs to be added to the mixture when its as cool as it can be before hardening. This is because the heat of the lotion bar in its melted state will decrease the effectiveness of the Vitamin E's preservative magic.
Once you've given it a lavish swish or two to make sure it's all homogeneous, carefully pour your mixture into the mold. Place it in a cool dry area for a few hours and return to find you've got perfect Lotion Bars, ready for use!