Homemade Lotion Bars made with Beeswax and Shea Butter

Homemade Lotion Bars made with Beeswax and Shea Butter

Ingredients:

3 ounces beeswax (find here)

4 ounces melted coconut oil (find here)

3 ounces shea butter (find here)

1 ounce cocoa butter (find here) (alternatively, use 1 ounce more coconut oil or shea butter)

Instructions:

In an old glass jar (I used the jar my coconut oil came in, any jar that holds more than 8 ounces and fits in the saucepan you use in the next step will work) add beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, and coconut butter.
*We use an old jar because this mixture is hard to wash off of glass, metal, etc.  This is great for our skin (it locks in moisture!) but not so great for keeping our kitchen
Fill a saucepan up about half way with water and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, add a canning ring to the bottom of your saucepan, and then place the jar on top of the canning ring.
*The canning ring prevents the jar from being on the very bottom of the saucepan, where it is in contact with the heat source.
At a simmer, allow all the ingredients in the jar to melt. Once melted, give the mixture a stir with a popsicle stick or other utensil – the mixture will come off a knife, fork, etc, but it will be hard to clean and it’s easier to use something you don’t need to wash.
Pour into silicone molds of choice, or other molds that are flexible and desired size.  A loaf pan lined with parchment paper could also work.
Allow to set on the counter overnight (if it’s cool in your home) or in the fridge/freezer for a couple hours.
Pop out and use as needed by rubbing on any dry skin.

These lotion bars last for months, unlike liquid homemade lotion. Since this recipe doesn’t have water in it, it won’t go bad. Still, they can melt- so don’t store them in your car or leave out in the sun, especially in the summertime.

Variations:
Bug Repellent bars

Add in Terra Shield essential oil to make this a bug repellent lotion bar.  Since I don’t want to make half a dozen bug repellent bars I mix in 20 drops of Terra Shield into the last little bit of lotion mixture before I pour it into the last silicone mold.

Sunscreen bars

Add non-nano zinc oxide for sunscreen bars.  I don’t know the exact SPF of these, so you will want to experiment a bit and see if the coverage works for you.

For my prone-to-burn son that I don’t take chances with when we’ll be outside all day, I use BeautyCounter’s Sunscreen stick. 

Notes:

I like using silicone muffin liners (find here) to make these. You can fill them any amount, and the shape fits easily in the palm of your hand as you smooth it over dry skin.

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Just want to skip making it and purchase a bar of all natural hard lotion? Click here to buy a lotion bar in a cute little tin!

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