Lotion bars are really popular in the “DIY skin care world”. They are all over Pinterest. I have avoided them due to possible messiness and inconvenience. Well, I’m glad I bit the bullet and made some because they are so helpful for dry skin. Plus, for those of you looking for something a bit more solid then yesterday’s Body Oil, these DIY coconut lotion bars are for you!
Plus, they are just so cute!
What You’ll Need:
- Coconut Oil
- Shea Butter
- Vitamin E Oil (optional)
- Essential Oils (optional)
DIY Lotion Bars
1 cup coconut oil (find it HERE)
1/4 cup shea butter (find it HERE)
2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil (find it HERE)
30 drops of Essential Oils (find it HERE)
- Fill a medium pot 1/2 way full with water.
- Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout in the water.
- Add all 3 ingredients to the glass bowl and allow to melt.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils and/or vitamin E.
- Pour into molds.
- Allow molds to cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
I tried a new essential oil combo. in these lotion bars and really like it! I added 15 drops of Lavender, 10 drops Lemon and 5 drops of Marjoram-they smell heavenly!
Be sure to tell your friend or family member to only use a small amount at a time-A little goes a long way and you will end up feeling like a greased pig if you use too much! I usually keep one bar by my bed and use just a bit a night.
You can also store these in a deodorant container for total convenience! I personally love putting it in “stick” form because it is so easy to use and your hands don’t get oily.
Thanks for this recipe. I made these this afternoon wit bergamot, mandarin and grapefruit oils. I will be giving them as Christmas gifts.
Andrea-That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing, I bet they smell amazing!
A few years ago I was reatly into making c.p.soap andother body products but when we moved I gave it up for the short term. Looking over my old recipes for lotion bats I found a notation I’d made about shea butter and it’s tendancy to become grainy over time. The solution was to heat the shea up to about 175F and hold it there for about 20 minutes then pour it into a wide mouth jar and rapidly cool it off in the freezer for about 1 hour. That’s the important part, the rapid cool down. Bring to room temp before using. If anyone finds a product using shea that becomes grainy this process will fix the problem. Maybe this will be of use to someone having a problem.
BTW, it doesn’t matter if theshea is refind orunrefined they both tend to become grainy. It’s not a quality problem it’s a temperature issue.