The cold winter months can be tough on our skin. I know mine gets extremely dry and rough from the blistering cold weather. These moisturizing lotion bars are a wonderful relief on itchy, dry skin, and they are great for Christmas gifts. In fact, I just finished up a batch for some gifts!
I love knowing what ingredients are going on my body. These lotion bars are extremely easy to make, and can be as simple as three ingredients (extra add-in ingredients are optional). They are completely natural and healthy for your skin.
You’ll start by measuring out 1/2 cup of beeswax, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, and 1 tightly packed cup of grated cocoa butter.
Place all the ingredients in a glass measuring cup and create a double boiler for melting the ingredients. Melt over medium-low heat until all the ingredients have melted. Stir occasionally.
Once melted, you can pour the mixture directly into your mold. You can use a soap mold (that’s what I used), or muffin pan (you can line the tins with muffin paper for a textured edge). You can also use any add-in ingredients you’d like, such as vitamin E, jojoba oil, or essential oils for fragrance. If using any extra ingredients, let the mixture cool a bit before adding the ingredients and pouring the mixture into your mold.
Once the lotion bars are completely cooled, remove them from the mold and cut into bars.
I doubled my recipe to get 8 lotions bars (each bar is about 2 ounces).
1/2 cup of beeswax
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1 cup of cocoa butter
Vitamin E, jojoba oil, or essential oils (optional ingredients)
Melt first 3 ingredients together in a double boiler. Pour into a mold (such as a soap mold or muffin pan).
If adding extra ingredients, allow mixture to cool down a little before adding. Usually a 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E and/or jojoba oil are plenty. For fragrance, it can take up to 1 teaspoon of essential oil to achieve a nice fragrance from the bars.
Once the bars are completely cooled, remove from the mold(s) and cut (only cut if using a large mold that requires cutting for separate bars). Wrap in wax or parchment paper for storing. You could also use a tin to store the bars.
Makes about four 2 ounce lotion bars.
To use, just rub the bars into your hands, or directly on your body.
Store for up to a year. Keep away from heat to prevent melting.
I hope you will enjoy making and using these moisturizing lotion bars!