Beeswax Lotion Bar Recipe With Essential Oils
These solid beeswax lotion bars are the perfect way to keep your skin moisturized. Plus, they make thoughtful gifts!
This homemade lotion bar recipe uses essential oils and beeswax for deeply nourishing your skin.
To get a printable recipe card, along with more helpful hints and suggested fragrance combinations, be sure to visit my original blog post.
What are Lotion Bars?
Solid lotion bars have all of the skin softening ingredients of a traditional lotion.
They are perfect for spot treatments, such as if you have a dry patch of skin or want to concentrate on your feet or hands.
However, they work for whole-body moisturizing, as well.
To apply, you rub the lotion bar onto dry skin. Your body heat will slightly melt the lotion as it is in contact with your skin. Then you can rub in the lotion ingredients as you would with normal lotions.
To apply to your hands, rub your hands with it like you would a bar of soap. Just don’t add water! Then rub your hands together to coat all over the hands.
I suggest adding cupcake liners or parchment paper in between each bar so they don’t stick together.
Lotion Bar Molds to Use
Whatever mold you would like, a silicone mold is the easiest to use.
You can bend the mold away from the bar to easily take it out. The silicone molds are flexible and reduce stress in trying to get the bars out without damaging them.
In this recipe, I used a silicone mold that is thinner in depth than many others. However, they have a nice wide circular shape. I like to use these for lotion bars and soaps since they aren’t as thick and bulky.
Other molds will work just fine. They might make a different amount of bars, though. For this recipe, I was able to make 5 to 6 bars.
You don’t even have to use a mold if you don’t want to. You could add the mixture to a baking ban or loaf pan and cut into slices once cooled. Or use muffin tins.
Beeswax Lotion Bars
This recipe makes 6 bars. Expect 1-2 hours of time to cool.
- 1 cup shea butter, chopped
- ¾ cup beeswax pastilles or finely chopped beeswax
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 15 drops Siberian Fir essential oil (or Balsam Fir essential oil)
- 12 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 13 drops grapefruit essential oil
Use a double boiler to melt the ingredients. Place water in the bottom half of the boiler and fill it to around 2/3 full. Then add beeswax to the top half and place the boiler over medium-high heat. It will take a few minutes for the water to get heating up well and melting the wax.
Be sure not to let the water boil over, as this can burn the wax and damage it. Stir the wax every few minutes and break up the clumps to help it melt faster. you hear the water beginning to bubble and get hot, lower the temperature to a low simmer to avoid boiling over.
Add shea butter into a glass measuring cup. Place in the microwave and heat for about 45 seconds. Using a rubber spatula, stir the shea butter and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Then microwave for another 45-60 seconds.
Continue to microwave until it is clear and liquified.
Once the beeswax has become liquefied, add in the coconut oil. Stir the mixture together until completely melted.
Next, add in the essential oils. Stir well to disperse all of the oils throughout the lotion bar mixture.
Add the shea butter into the beeswax and coconut oil mixture. If it has thickened up, you can microwave it for a few seconds to liquify again.
If your boiler pot is small, you may want to mix the ingredients together in a larger bowl, however, mixing it over heat helps keep the mix melted.
You should have a clear, yellowish liquid that will be easy to pour.
Lay lotion molds on a flat surface.
Slowly pour the mixture into the molds until they are filled to just below the top.You will need to let them sit and cool down completely, without moving them for a few hours.
Test to see if they are cooled by feeling the bottom of the mold under a bar to see if it is still warm or not. Once cooled, remove from the molds.
This photo shows how the colors of the bars will change as they cool down.
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