Lotion bars are my favorite go to for a quick jolt of moisture with the added benefits of essential oils. I like that you can pop them in a small tin and easily keep it in your purse. No worries of a lotion bottle emptying out inside of your bag!
And they are so easy to change up to your own preferences! Don’t like the waxy feel that beeswax leaves on your skin? You don’t have to add it. Try equal parts of Mango Butter and Coconut Oil instead!
When we moved to the south, we were told many times to be prepared for the state bird. The mosquito. Wow! They were not kidding!
In one evening I went to bed with over a dozen mosquito bites! Mostly on my ankles and feet. UGH! I woke up the next day and went right for my DIY beauty stash and grabbed my essential oils out of the fridge. I grabbed my bug repelling blend to keep the blood-sucking little sh*ts away from me.
Lotion bars are super easy to make, and when combined with bug repelling essential oils they help keep your skin soft while telling the mosquitos to leave you alone. That makes DIY lotion bars even better!
I was already getting started making my lotion bars when I realized this would be perfect for a DIY post. So please don’t mind the pictures, I took them quickly to show the main steps and what you will need. 🙂
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- Double boiler. Or if you don’t have one, a pot and a glass Pyrex measuring cup. I have this set and use one solely for my DIY projects with essential oils.
- 1 oz. Beeswax pellets
- 2 oz. Shea Butter
- 1 oz. of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil. I prefer using Sweet Almond or Jojoba since they absorb into the skin quickly and have many great benefits for the skin.
- Essential Oils of your choice, such as the Bug Away Blend from Rocky Mountain Oils or Shield Me Blend from Plant Therapy. Both are kid safe! 🙂
- Kitchen Scale like this one here to measure beeswax and shea butter. You can also use measuring cups.
- Silicone Mold. This set here even comes with little bags you can keep your bars in when you’re done!
Melt and Mix!
The first thing you want to do is measure out your supplies. The more beeswax you use, the more body heat it will take to melt and the “waxier” it will feel on your skin. I used 1 oz of beeswax to 2 oz. of shea butter. To measure the liquid carrier oil, I go the easy way. Grab a shot glass and fill it up. 😆
Now grab your pot and put just a couple inches of water in there. Put it on the stove and set heat to medium or medium-low. You don’t want the water boiling too crazy, and you don’t want to heat the Shea Butter too hot. Now put your Pyrex glass measuring glass in there. Dump in your Beeswax and Shea Butter. Have your lotion bars mold set out and ready to go for when it’s time.
It will take a few minutes for them to melt. I use a popsicle stick to stir it as it melts. Plastic spoons work too. When it is about halfway melted is when I put my carrier oil in and stir.
Now here is where you have to work fast before everything hardens. As soon as it is completely melted remove it from the heat. If you leave Shea Butter heating up for too long after it melts, it will start to get grainy.
Grab a potholder and take the Pyrex out of the pot. Add in your essential oils. For this batch, I put in 75 drops of my blend. Stir with the popsicle stick to blend in the essential oils.
Making Your Lotion Bars
Pour the mix into your mold. Let your lotion bars harden on the counter, or you can put in the fridge to make them harden faster.
Pop your lotion bars out of the mold, and they are ready to use! The bar mold I have is the size of a bar of soap, so I cut mine in half to get 4 mini lotion bars. This makes it easier to hold in my palm to warm up the bars before using them.
These work great for any essential oil blends that you love! You can also play around with other hard butters like mango butter. For the benefit of several different butters, I love Rocky Mountain Oils Better Butter! This is one of those DIYs you can play around with to find what works best for you!