DIY lotion bars

I’ve had problems with dry legs for a while now.  I’m fairly certain it’s related to hormones and metabolism, both of which I’m working on, but it’s a long process.

After making the switch to homemade and non-toxic food and personal care products, I began using coconut oil on my skin.  Oh coconut oil:  everyone’s go-to product in the health world.

The truth is, coconut oil didn’t combat my dry skin.  In fact, sometimes it seemed to make my dryness worse.  Could that be possible?  It worked fine on my face, but not my legs or feet, which were my worst offenders.

I tried to convince myself that it was working, since it was so incredibly convenient to just scoop it out and put it on without coming up with a “recipe”.

It just seemed to soak into my skin too quickly. There was no long term staying power.

I decided it was time to step it up a notch and make some DIY lotion bars, with just three simple ingredients:  virgin coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax.

It’s still a simple DIY project, but it’s working so much better than just the coconut oil.  My husband loves the lotion bars for his hands in the winter.  His knuckles get dry and cracked, and sometimes even bleed.  Rubbing the lotion bars on his knucles and fingers, completely saved his hands this year.

This recipe works best if you weigh the ingredients and use equal parts of each ingredient.  I don’t have a scale yet, so I just used my measuring cup and used 1/2 cup each.

It yielded about 8 muffin cup sized bars for me.  Of course it will yield different amounts depending on the size of your molds.  You could also scale up or down the amounts of ingredients, as long as they are equal parts of each.

lotion bars

Where do you get the ingredients?

Coconut oil:  There are lots of great places to buy coconut oil.  Costco has virgin bulk coconut oil for the cheapest I’ve seen it.  You can find virgin coconut oil at almost every grocery store and health food store now.  Online I purchase from Tropical Traditions.

Shea butter: Mountain Rose Herbs has great quality shea butter.

Beeswax:  I also buy these from Mountain Rose Herbs. Make sure you get beeswax pastilles, so you don’t have to cut off the huge block of beeswax.  It’s a pain in the tushy.  Trust me.

How do you apply it?

Application is easy.  Just rub the bar on your skin.  The heat from your body will melt it enough to get on your skin.  If your house is super cold, you may need to warm it up in your hands for a minute.

What if I don’t want to make lotions myself?

When I’m not in the mood to make lotions, deodorant, bug spray, sunscreen, etc myself, I always turn to Scratch Mommy Skincare.  She has great high quality organic products in her shop.  I have personally seen her process in her home, and she truly cares about quality. Her body butter is fantastic and her deodorant is smooth and creamy and great for sensitive skin.


DIY Lotion Bars
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Easy lotion bars that you can make at home.
  • 1/2 cup beeswax
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Add coconut oil and melt.
  3. At the end, add shea butter and melt.
  4. Stir together and pour into desired molds. I use silicone muffin liners and they pop right out.

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  1. Corina Barrera January 26, 2019 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I made a batch of beautiful lotion bars some heart shape otters oblong they smell wonderful and feel fantastic but they seem to melt too fast. Can you suggest where I went wrong . I want them to remain hard how should I store them ? Emai villagesq2013@live. Com Thanks

    • Tara Buss January 27, 2019 at 1:13 am - Reply

      Is your home very warm? If it is try keeping them in a cool location or fridge.

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