Home made Lotion Bars – great homemade gifts

20 Oct

lotion-bars

As Christmas fast approaches we are starting the fun of trialing different natural treats that we can make for all of our friends & family this festive season.

These lotion bars are super easy to make & don’t require any fancy equipment, they can be made using a muffin tray, cupcake pans or any empty containers you have lying around.

The bars are solid at room temperature & when rubbed onto your skin a tiny amount melts leaving a thin veil of moisturising butter & oil on your skin. They smell devine & feel silky smooth to touch – they are a real treat for dry skin.

Using our basic Lotion Bar recipe you can tailor make a bar for your loved ones by using different oils, butters & essential oils. Although they are a slightly feminine gift you can make a more masculine versionswith essential oils of cedarwood & tea tree oil to create a manly smelling lotion bar that would have antiseptic qualities.

Our Sweet Orange lotion bar is a great sweet smelling all round lotion bar with the added bonus of honey & soothing shea butter. While our Mocha Mint lotion bars are great for massaging into cellulite &  sore & tired shoulders – the coffee beans embedded through the bar create a lovely massaging sensation as you rub them over the skin & they have the added benefit of smelling like heaven 🙂

Sweet Orange Lotion Bars a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 teaspoons organic honey
  • 50 grams beeswax
  • 40 grams shea nut butter
  • 40 grams coconut oil
  • 10 drops of orange essential oil
  • 4 drops of geranium essential oil

Place wax, shea butter & coconut oil in a glass or ceramic jar or container – set this in a pot of simmering water to melt. Once they have all melted together take your mix out of the hot water & let cool slightly & add your honey & essential oils, stirring well. Pour into your moulds & let cool for 24 hours to set well. I find silicon muffin moulds work really well for this as the bars just pop right out. If you have trouble removing your lotion bars from the moulds set them in the freezer for a few hours to set hard & they should come out much easier. The recipe should make 4 muffin size lotion bars.

Mocha Mint Butt Bar a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 50 grams beeswax
  • 40 grams cocoa butter
  • 40 grams sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 Tablespoons of coffee beans

Make as with the Sweet Orange lotion bars, except after you have poured your mixture into the moulds top with 1 tablespoon of coffee beans for each mould.

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Go forth & create yummy lotion bars – your family will love you 🙂

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6 Responses to “Home made Lotion Bars – great homemade gifts”

  1. robbie @ going green mama October 24, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    I love these ideas! Sounds so yummy. 🙂

  2. backtobeautifulblog October 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    Wow! This looks like an awesome DIY! I’ll definitely have to try this.

  3. Geraldine December 18, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Hi kailah,

    can you skip the shea butter to make this out of beeswax and coconut butter only and maybe only the orange essential oil? I’m lacking both the shea nut butter and the geranium essential oil. Thanks.

    • mamagoingnatural December 18, 2013 at 7:38 am #

      The Geranium oil is not essential to the recipe, but omitting the Shea butter will change the recipe as its firm & buttery at room temperature. You could try upping the amount of beeswax to accommodate this but the recipe may end up more like a lip balm & less like a lotion bar.

      • Geraldine December 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

        Thanks Kailah, I managed to get some cocoa butter. I assume this is the same as Shea butter and would be firm & buttery at room temperature? So I wouldn’t have to adapt the recipe at all. By the way, I love the leave in conditioner spray. My girls love it. And we’re also using the homemade toothpaste. And I’ll be getting the miracle foundation after Christmas. I loved using the sample. Thanks for all the alternatives to chemical stuff you’ve been posting to your blog. It’s really appreciated. Merry Christmas!

      • mamagoingnatural December 23, 2013 at 1:01 am #

        Hi Again!!
        The cocoa butter will work just the same & will smell heavenly 🙂
        So glad you like our recipes & that you & your family are using them 🙂
        Let me know when you want to order & I will take you through our new ranges & send you some samples so you can choose the perfect product for your skin.
        Merry Christmas & good luck with the lotion bar making 🙂
        Kailah

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