Have you got the impression I like Lush’s products? No? Okay, so I love Lush’s massage bars as a lotion alternative. I find they coat a bit better on my poor winter ravaged skin. I love, love, loved their Schnuggle body butter bar but then they discontinued it.
So while I was on this bath product roller coaster I decided to try making a batch of lotion bars since, once again, the ingredients are largely the same as the lip balm, bath melts, bath bombs, and cold process soap.
I did some research on schnuggle itself and it seems part of its texture comes from including cornstarch and kaolin. I debated purchasing kaolin to include but then really debated how much I need that “powder” finish it gives. It also seems like kaolin could incline the bar towards drying the skin and that’s not what I wanted. So I kicked the idea.
In my research it seemed the fine line between “lotion bar” and “bath melt” was kind of all over the place. I found nearly identical recipes for both. That said, I opted to make my melts a bit more melty and my lotion a bit firmer.
While hunting down some new lip balm tubes I ran across Deodorant Twist-up Empty Containers which seemed like a great solution for lotion bars! Easy application with the ease of capping it and throwing it in a bag. My lush massage bars tend to float around in their original wrappers. Yes, I know they sell special tins to keep them in, but I find they can get a bit yucky and are just a little fiddly. I have an aversion to fiddly.
- 2 1/2 ounces Coconut Oil
- 2 1/2 ounces Avocado Oil
- 2 1/2 ounces Beeswax
- 5 drops Vitamin E oil (Optional)
- 5 drops Lavender Essential oil (Optional)
- Melt Oils and wax (except the Vitamin E and essential oil) in a double boiler
- Remove from heat and mix in Vitamin E and essential oil
- Pour into molds or tubes and let set
- Unmold if necessary and tada!
I will probably tweak with this recipe a bit. The high wax content is “okay”, but as we’ve established I like a little less wax if possible.
I love, love, love the twist up tubes. I’m not sure I want to give them away because they aren’t super cheap and I can easily reuse them. I may gift the more traditional bars and keep the tubes. (So selfish!)
I didn’t add a bunch of flowers or scents to these because when I use lotion bars I tend to use a lot of it all over my body and I didn’t want too much scent or anything getting in the way. The lavender EO actually has medicinal effects and that’s the reason I included it.
I did end up with a small amount of lotion left over which I poured in to a small ice cube tray. I tried using it as a bath melt and it did not work. Stick to the bath melt recipe for that.