Ever thought about crafting your own lotion bars? These homemade lotion bars are a wonderful way to nourish dry skin, especially during the harsh winter months.
Combining the power of natural ingredients and a touch of DIY magic, lotion bars provide a non-greasy, solid form of your regular lotion. They not only hydrate your skin but also leave a protective barrier on the surface, making them ideal for sensitive skin and dry hands.
With a long shelf life and being easy to use, our easy DIY lotion bars will be a perfect addition to your beauty products.
The Beauty and Benefits of DIY Lotion Bars
Unlike traditional lotions, DIY lotion bars are solid at room temperature but melt with body heat, allowing for the easy and direct application on your warm skin. They’re a great gift for loved ones, or even a little self-care treat for yourself. These solid lotion bars can be customized with your favorite essential oils, like lavender essential oil for a relaxing effect or citrus oils for an energizing boost.
Lotion bars can be used over the entire body, creating a protective layer that locks in moisture, thus helping to keep your skin tone even, minimizing age spots and itchy skin conditions. They’re made from natural oils and solid butters, which are packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish your skin.
Making the Switch
Many people have made the switch to DIY lotion bars because they appreciate the natural ingredients, the ease of use, and the ability to customize each bar to their skin type and preferred scent. Whether it’s using lavender buds and rose petals for a floral aroma or orange essential oils for a citrus burst, the choice is all yours.
Not to forget, these homemade lotion bars also make a great gift. You could create extra bars to give to your friends and family. Who wouldn’t appreciate a handcrafted, natural beauty product made with love?
So, why not take this opportunity to say goodbye to store-bought lotions and make your own lotion bars? We’re sure that once you try them, you’ll love the difference they make to your skin and you’ll never look back!
Making Your DIY Lotion Bars
Check our step by step homemade lotion bar recipe below. This is a basic recipe that can be adapted by mixing it up with your favorite essential oils, so once you master this lotion bar recipe you can go on to make all different kinds.
- ¼ cup beeswax
- ¼ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 20 drops of essential oil
- 2 teaspoons vitamin e oil
- Flower mold or silicone mold of your preferred shape.
- Gather your ingredients and supplies
- Combine beeswax, shea butter, and avocado oil in a glass container.
- Heat in a pot with a bit of water until fully melted. You can also heat it up slowly in the microwave as well.
- Add in 20 drops of essential oil and a few teaspoons of vitamin e oil. Mix until it is all combined.
- Pour mixture into the flower mold and let it harden overnight.
- To speed it up, you can put it in the freezer for an hour or so after you pour the mixture.
- Pop out of the mold and enjoy your new DIY lotion bars.
- For instructions on how to use see below
You can use any type of butter and oil, such as cocoa butter, coconut oil, etc.
The vitamin e oil is optional, but it will help your lotion bars last longer.
Supplies and Tips For The Lotion Bar Recipe
Stock up on silicone molds of different shapes and styles. The mold used for these lotion bars are these flower molds from Amazon, but you can pick whatever design appeals to you more.
Our favorite lotion bar recipe above includes shea butter and avocado oil, along with essential oils, but you can experiment with your favorite ingredients like olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil, which are common carrier oils that will work in an DIY lotion bar recipe.
For vegan options, consider using candelilla wax or carnauba wax instead of beeswax.
We didn’t specify which essential oil to use, and that’s because you can switch it up and pick your favorite. Maybe you love using lavender essential oil to make your homemade beauty products, or maybe you’re more of a rose oil gal… either way is fine, and you can adapt this simple lotion bar recipe for your preferred essential oil.
We have a post with suggested fragrances that help with anxiety, and also a list of essential oils that will really get you in a summer mood, so check these out if you need inspiration.
The lotion bars you see here are made with peppermint essential oil which is super refreshing.
For best results, use a double boiler to melt your ingredients slowly over low heat. The melted mixture is then poured into a silicone or soap mold, or even a metal tin like muffin tins, depending on your personal preference.
Allow the bars to harden overnight at room temperature, or for a quicker result, place them in the freezer. Ensure to store these bars away from direct sunlight in a cool place to maintain their solid state.
How to Use Your DIY Lotion Bars
To use, simply hold the hard lotion bar in your hands. The heat from your body will melt a small amount of the bar, which you can then apply directly to your skin.
The lotion bar should glide easily over your skin, leaving a thin, non-greasy layer that absorbs quickly. One bar can last a long time, making this not just an eco-friendly option but also a cost-effective beauty solution.
Creating your own lotion bars is a rewarding, sustainable, and fun way to take care of your skin. Whether you’re looking to replace your favorite lotion with a DIY lotion bar recipe, or you’re simply trying out a new skincare product for the first time, these solid bars are a good thing to have on hand.
Related Homemade Bath and Beauty Products
For those who love homemade beauty products, be sure to check out our other easy DIY recipes. We offer a wide range of simple recipes for everything from soaps to sugar scrubs.
Why not pair your new lotion bars with a homemade scrub for the ultimate skincare package? If you’re interested in creating more beauty products at home, we’ve got you covered!
We have many varieties of refreshing DIY sugar scrub that helps exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin, and it pairs well with the protective qualities of our lotion bars. Or, you might like to try our nourishing lip balm recipe that utilizes beeswax and sweet almond oil. This could be a fantastic follow-up to your lotion bars in your daily skincare routine.
Also, our DIY lavender candle is a wonderful addition to your bath time. Light the candle while enjoying a long soak in the bath, post-application of your homemade lotion bar. The combined aroma from the candle and the lotion bar is sure to provide an enriching, spa-like experience at home.
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The world of homemade beauty products opens up endless opportunities to tailor your skincare to your specific needs. Be it a bar of soap, body butter bars, or a solid lotion bar, all our recipes ensure a shelf life that would impress even the most loyal store-bought product users.
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Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.