Saturday, January 26, 2013

Easy Natural Lotion Bar Recipe

Here's a recipe I came up with for a solid lotion bar. At work I operate an offset press and at school I do letterpress printing so I end up scrubbing ink and grease off my hands several times everyday. In the winter this means my hands get seriously dry and irritated so I wanted to make a balm that would be ultra protective, healing, and fit in my apron pocket. This solid bar made with simple but nourishing ingredients is the perfect antidote to weather that causes buildings to freeze on the outside while still burning on the inside:

Abandoned warehouse fire in Chicago

Solid Lotion Bar Recipe:

1 ounce beeswax*
2 tablespoons coconut oil 
12 cocoa butter wafers
3 tablespoons olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil, or jojoba oil, whatever makes you happy.
2 tablespoons shea butter 
30 drops vitamin E oil
essential oil of your choice (I used 20 drops lavender and 10 drops patchouli)

*I estimated the size of my chunk of beeswax, you may need to add more if your bar isn't as firm as you would like. Alternatively, if you would prefer a softer balm just use less beeswax and store in a jar.

1. Using a double boiler (I just fit a ceramic bowl over a saucepan of water) begin melting the beeswax as it takes the longest to melt.

2. Once the beeswax is mostly melted add the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and olive/almond/avocado/jojoba oil and allow to completely melt.

3. At this point add the shea butter and stir until melted (you don't want to heat shea butter too much because it will turn grainy when it cools). Promptly remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes without allowing the mixture to solidify. 

4. Quickly stir in the vitamin E oil and essential oils and blend well. Pour into shallow tins or decorative soap molds, or something else (a muffin tin?) that has a shape you like. 

5. Cover the tins/molds and let cool until they are hard enough to use. If you are impatient just pop them in the fridge or leave them out on the front porch to hurry them along. 

6. Carefully coax the bars out of their molds and enjoy! The lotion absorbs nicely into the skin and a little bit goes a long way. 


  1. Looks wonderful. Question? Are you using all of the mentioned oils or 3Tbls of only one of them. Need to know ASAP, thanks

    1. You can pick one or use a variety, just as long as it's a total of 3 tablespoons.