Homemade Holidays: Lavender & Orange Lotion Bar

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Going natural, when it comes to bath and body products, can many times mean spending a lot of money.  For those of you who would prefer to make your own, I'm sharing a few basic all-natural recipes based on some of the items we sell in our store.

I am so passionate about switching from commercial bath & body products to a higher quality natural product that whether you buy them from me, someone else, or make them yourself, I just hope you switch.

Lavender-Orange Lotion Bar
Makes 4 lotion bars {if using cupcake pan}

What is a lotion bar?  A lotion bar is a concentrated lotion, hardened into a bar by beeswax, that offers extreme moisturizing abilities.  These are great to use on any skin, but particularly useful on dried areas such as feet, elbows and hands.  This recipe does include Shea Butter which you can find here or here.  It also requires a mold, which you can purchase a soap mold, or just use your cupcake pan {shown below}.

To use:  Rub the lotion bar onto the skin in need of moisturizing.  Although the bar is hard, it will gently begin to melt from the heat of your skin.  Rub the lotion that's now on your skin in.  Stop rubbing and allow it to gently soak into your skin.

1/2 cup beeswax {pellets or grated}
1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oil or coconut oil
7 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
3-4 drops Lavender Essential Oil

In the top of a double boiler, melt the beeswax over low heat.  Add the shea butter and grapeseed or olive oil and allow to fully melt.  Remove from heat and add essential oils.  Stir.  Carefully pour into a cupcake pan.  After about 2 hours the lotion bars should pop out of the molds and be ready to use. 

Store in a tin, jar, or glassine envelope.  Use within 2-3 months.
*I used a mini cookie cutter to lightly cut a design into the dried bar.*


Leslie Kimel said...

It's so generous of you to share your awesome recipes and techniques here. Your blog is always so helpful and packed with information. I just wanted you to know that it is really appreciated!

luckybunny said...

Thank you so much for all these great recipes!! I cannot wait to try each of them. A lot of this stuff has been on my "to do" list. Hopefully when I get better I can try some of these recipes. You made such awesome stuff!

daisy g said...

Your products look amazing!!! I can't wait to order some for the holidays. You make me want to try my hand at making some of them too, but I have to admit, the soap is a bit intimidating. Maybe I'll just leave that to you experts... ;0D

born imaginative. said...

You are encouraging me!

Unknown said...

Homemade is always best!!! I've always wanted to learn to make soap and love your packaging!!!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing the recipes! I would love to try some out. :) I've made a brown sugar scrub before, but I like the peppermint!It would be refreshing!!

Sue Frelick said...

That was very nice of you to share your recipes! Packaging is beautiful, yet again.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

It's so awesome of you to share your tips and tricks! The peppermint sugar scrub and lotion bar are calling my name! I've never used a lotion bar but I love the idea of it and would like to make my own. It's so neat that you made the bars in a cupcake tin and used a cookie cutter for a cute design on top! I'm hoping when we get more beekeeping experience under our belts we'll have some of our own beeswax to use in crafts :)

Sharon said...

Thank you so much for these beautiful recipes , just in time to make some christmas gifts x

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

You are all very kind. I hope some of you give them a try!! :)

Unknown said...

Hi guys, I would like some advise please!! :D I made hard pressed soap in the past using carton shape for moulding and then cutting it. Today, however, I just poured it to the metal muffin mould and now sitting and thinking 'goodness me, how on earth I will take it out???'. Any experience with such mess anybody? I did not prep the mould, just washed it clean and poured prepped mixture in, silly me.. Thanks in advance for any tips xxx

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Ruta Bute - the soap should lift out of the molds. You may need to use a butter knife to release it, but it should be ok.