Do-It-Yourself All Natural Lotion Bars

All natural homemade diy lotion barsHave 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.

Lotion Bars
Serves: 3
  • 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)
  1. Melt Oils and wax (except the Vitamin E and essential oil) in a double boiler
  2. Remove from heat and mix in Vitamin E and essential oil
  3. Pour into molds or tubes and let set
  4. Unmold if necessary and tada!

Some comments…

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.


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