How To Make Luscious Lotion Bars in 10 Minutes or Less [DIY Recipe]

Updated: Jan 25

Ever since I ditched commercial creams, lotions and body butters and making my own, I was looking for this one perfect item that would be easy to make, quick, not messy and presentable, beautiful enough to offer to friends and family as gifts.

I want to give my loved ones natural, handmade skin care products to convince them to avoid the chemically overburdened and over-processed, sometimes really, really harmful, drugstore-bought products.

Just recently I found that perfect thing: Lotion Bars!

These lotion bars have added benefit of the anti-oxidant Matcha powder in them.

What is a Lotion Bar?

They look like a bar of soap, they smell divine, they are hard but they melt with contact with skin. They are fully customizable, you can use whatever oils and butters you want. You can make them fancy, using a nicely shaped silicon mold. Or, you can make them in a muffin pan which you already have in your kitchen. You can scent them with essential oils or just go for the natural aroma of cocoa butter. Possibilities are endless.

Basic Recipe

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  • 1/3 cup of oil (I use sunflower, olive, or almond oil for more moisturizing, grapeseed or hempseed for less)

  • 1/3 cup of butter (cocoa or shea butter are great, you can also use more exotic butters like mango or cupacau as well)

  • 1/3 of wax (white or yellow beeswax, or if you are vegan, go for carnuba wax)

  • Essential oils of choice for aroma (optional)

  • Additives like Matcha powder, cinammon, cocoa powder, vanilla, honey (optional)

handmade soap; natural body care, lotion bars

In a double boiler (I use a measuring cup immersed in a pot with boiling water), heat-up everything except the essential oils until completely melted.

Take off the heat, let cool for a few minutes, add the optional essential oils.

Pour into your molds and let cool and harden for a day.

Take out of the molds and store in metal tins.

To Use: Warm up in your hands and massage into places where moisture is needed (elbows, knees, heels). Enjoy!

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