Homemade Lotion Bars

We use a lot of lotion around our house. Some lotions have lots of additive I don’t care to put on my skin. If you’re like me you’ll want to try this diy lotion bars recipe. It takes just three ingredients to make. It’s great for that summer or winter dry skin that can be so dry. I store my lotion bars in a mason jar right on the bathroom counter so they are easy to use.

With summer comes lots of sun, sunburns, swimming and cooling off in the sprinkler. With all that sun, water, and fun your skin can get pretty dried out. Am I right?

I know around our house we struggle with dry skin. My kids hands are constantly dry. I feel like I’m always reminding them to put lotion on, again and again. But some lotions have some weird ingredients. Having a natural alternative is something I like to have for the kids to use.

I’ve made my own beauty type products before, like sugar scrubs, homemade soap and even lip balms. I thought how hard could it be to whip up some lotion. Then I remembered, I had seen lotion bars on Pinterest.

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We use a lot of lotion around our house. Some lotions have lots of additive I don’t care to put on my skin. If you’re like me you’ll want to try this diy lotion bars recipe. It takes just three ingredients to make. It’s great for that summer or winter dry skin that can be so dry. I store my lotion bars in a mason jar right on the bathroom counter so they are easy to use.

This is my first attempt at making lotion bar recipe. I looked over a few recipes and most of them called for coconut oil. I like coconut oil, but I also know from my soap making, that there are better oils for moisturizing. I knew I really like the combination of shea butter and sunflower oil in soaps, so I thought it would be the perfect combination in a lotion bar too.

Just three ingredients is all that is needed to make these lotion bars. I purchased my items at a soap making supply. But I’ve included the links to the similar items at Amazon. Because it’s super convenient to shop at Amazon for most people.

We use a lot of lotion around our house. Some lotions have lots of additive I don’t care to put on my skin. If you’re like me you’ll want to try this diy lotion bars recipe. It takes just three ingredients to make. It’s great for that summer or winter dry skin that can be so dry. I store my lotion bars in a mason jar right on the bathroom counter so they are easy to use.

The 3 ingredients you’ll need

Beeswax
Shea Butter
Sunflower Oil
Mold to use for making bars
Scent or Essential Oils (optional, I didn’t use any since my beeswax had a nice yummy smell of honey)

I used a small mold for our lotion bars. The stars turn out to be about an inch and half, just right for my kids hands. But if you have bigger mold you could use them too. I like the smaller molds because the lotion bars set up quickly. They are easy to store in a mason jar on the counter. Making them visible and the lotion bars are used more. Plus the smaller size makes them easy to warm up in your hand and rub on the skin.

For this recipe I used 1 part Beeswax, 1 part Shea Butter and 1 part Sunflower Oil. This made a nice firm lotion bar, but when you hold it in your hand, the heat starts to soften it. Making it easy to apply to the skin. I’ve made this recipe a couple of times and I usually use an ounce of each item to fill my mold.

Step One: Measuring

I measure out the beeswax and shea butter and place them into a microwave safe dish. I find that my glass measuring cup works great for this, plus it has a spout to pour from. The first time I made these I used a bowl and when it came time to pour, I had a little bit of a mess. If you have a glass measuring cup that should work much better than a bowl.

Step Two: Microwave or Heat on Stove

To melt the beeswax and shea butter I microwaved the mixture for 30 second intervals. Stirring in between. It takes a little while to get the beeswax pellets to melt this way, but I don’t want to take the chance of overheating the mixture either. If you would rather you can heat the mixture on the stove burner in a pan on low.

Step Three: Mix in Oil and Scent

Once the beeswax and shea butter are melted, I stir in the sunflower oil. If you are using any kind of scent or essential oils now would be the time to add them. I didn’t use any in mine, since the beeswax smelled so great.

Step Four: Pour Into Mold

Then just pour into the mold and let cool. Once the lotion bar mixture is cool, it should be firm and you can pop them out of the mold.

We use a lot of lotion around our house. Some lotions have lots of additive I don’t care to put on my skin. If you’re like me you’ll want to try this diy lotion bars recipe. It takes just three ingredients to make. It’s great for that summer or winter dry skin that can be so dry. I store my lotion bars in a mason jar right on the bathroom counter so they are easy to use.

I store my lotion bars in a mason jar on the bathroom counter. They are easy for us to get to and with them being out, it reminds the kids to use them more often.

Here’s the recipe to print and be sure to pin it for later too.

We use a lot of lotion around our house. Some lotions have lots of additive I don’t care to put on my skin. If you’re like me you’ll want to try this diy lotion bars recipe. It takes just three ingredients to make. It’s great for that summer or winter dry skin that can be so dry. I store my lotion bars in a mason jar right on the bathroom counter so they are easy to use.
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Homemade Lotion Bars

Total Time 20 minutes
Author Shelly

Ingredients

  • 1 part Beeswax
  • 1 part Shea Butter
  • 1 part Sunflower Oil
  • Scent or Essential Oil optional

Instructions

  • Place the shea butter and beeswax in a microwave safe dish. Microwave at 30 second intervals stirring between each interval until the mixture is melted. It can also be melted in a pan on the stove over low heat.
  • Add in the sunflower oil and any scent or essential oil, if using and mix well.
  • Pour mixture into molds and let harden.
  • Once hardened, pop out of the mold. I store mine in a mason jar.

To Use

  • Place the lotion bar in your hand and let it warm slightly. Then rub on skin.

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6 thoughts on “Homemade Lotion Bars”

    1. Adrienne, I haven’t had that experience at all. The beeswax is so hard and the shea butter is pretty firm too so it counteracts the sunflower oil. The lotion bars turn out firm once set and smooth on nicely. I made this recipe several times and I have never had a problem with them being runny.

  1. I am thinking about using your awesome recipe however my cousin is allergic to Shea Butter, ,cod that be replaced with coconut oil or something else?

    Thanks!

    1. Sarah, I think coconut oil would be fine. I might increase the sunflower oil just a bit so the lotion bars aren’t too firm, since coconut oil would be firmer at room temperature than shea butter. Let me know how it works out if you give it a try.

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