I love fall. The cooler weather, lots of yummy warm dishes, hockey season starting, if you’re a football fan watching your favorite team on the gridiron and for us Disney fans, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween. With all this fall awesomeness can come dry skin which isn’t so awesome. Lotions can help fight this but if your like my oldest son who happens to be allergic to soy or have sensitive skin, some lotions have things in them that can cause problems. This is where these cute lotion bars. They’re fun and easy to make and even more fun to use.
- ½ cup extra-virgin coconut oil
- ½ cup beeswax
- ¼ cup Shea butter
- ¼ cup cocoa butter
- Essential oils (optional)
- 32 ounce glass measuring cup
- Medium-sized saucepan
- Wooden Spoon
- Silicone molds or muffin tin
- Clean dishtowel
Combine coconut oil, beeswax, Shea butter, and cocoa butter in a 32-ounce glass measuring cup. A tip for you, break the beeswax up if it isn’t in small pieces already. My first batch of lotion bars I used beeswax bars and they were the last thing to melt. To be honest, I almost though that they weren’t going to melt for me. Place in a pot with water that rises to halfway up the measuring cup. I used a large pot that gave my measuring cup plenty of space. Bring water to a boil, stirring frequently until ingredients are completely melted. I put my burner at medium so I could keep a good eye on the water. Remove measuring cup from the pot. Definitely use a potholder! The measuring cup will be super hot and the last thing you want to do is burn yourself.
Now for some fun! If you want a scented lotion bar, you can add some essential oils. The cocoa butter however gets the bars a nice chocolate scent that are wonderful by itself. I made a batch with about 12 drops of lavender essential oil. There was just a hint of lavender scent which was nice. Peppermint would also be a great too for a chocolate mint lotion bar. Stir your essential oil in thoroughly.
Carefully pour the mixture into your molds. I laid my mold on a clean kitchen towel so they would have a safe surface to rest on while they were setting up. Soon they will start turning opaque in color which means they are on their way to hardening. I put mine in the fridge after about 30 minutes on the counter just to firm them up a little more. I did an hour but you can do more time if you need to leave them.
The next morning I popped them out and put them in individual Ziploc bags. I keep them in the fridge but you can store them anywhere. If you want to give them as gift, a travel soap dish that closes make a great container. Just add some ribbon and a gift tag for a great personalized gift.
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