Whether you are giving as a gift or making for yourself, these DIY natural lavender lotion bars are a must have for healthy and hydrated skin!
If you haven’t heard of lotion bars before I’ll fill you in really quickly! They work the same way you’d use regular lotion, except instead of using a pump you’ll rub the bar on your skin. I love using these bars on my kids after their bath. The bars melt down as you use them and it smells SO good!
One of my favorites about these bars (besides the adorable flower design of course) is that they work very well on “typical” dry areas of the skin such as the elbows and hands. Simply use what you need and place the bar back into it’s tin for the next time you need it.
Lotion Bars Video
Ingredients And Supplies
Apart from the essential oil, this recipe calls for equal parts of each ingredient. I’m doing 1/2 cup of each but if you wanted to make more bars then by all means double the recipe or cut in half if you’d only like a few.
My recipe makes enough to fill the silicon mold twice with a bit left over. Of course, this will depend on what size of mold you are using as to how many bars you’ll get out of it,
As far as scent goes you can ultimately use whatever you’d like! I find lavender to be a favorite among many so that’s what I decided on. You can experiment on how many drops you’d like to use. Shea butter does have a smell to it. I personally like the smell but if you aren’t fond of it then simply use more lavender oil. You can also switch it up and use cocoa butter in place of the shea if you’d like!
Since lotion bars are made for use on the skin, I can’t stress enough on the importance of using a good quality essential oil. You will want to stay far away from cheaper oils such as those from Walmart or Amazon which often have fillers and can cause burns on the skin.
I personally use Young Living Essential Oils because I am confident in their quality but I know there are other good quality brands out there as well. Please do your own research!
What you’ll need…
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1/2 cup of unrefined shea butter or cocoa butter
1/2 cup of unrefined coconut oil
1/2 cup of 100% beeswax
10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
How To Make DIY Natural Lavender Lotion Bars
It’s pretty simple to whip up lotion bars. All you’ll need to do is measure out the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax into a glass bowl.
For the next step you’ll either need a double boiler or make one yourself. To make one fill a sauce pot about halfway with water and place on the stove. Lay your glass bowl with the ingredients on top and start it out on high heat. Once the water starts to boil you can turn it down a bit.
Stir the ingredients to melt them down a bit faster. The coconut oil and shea butter will melt first and then you’ll be left with beeswax which does take a bit longer to melt. Be patient and once everything has melted you can remove from the heat.
Add Essential Oils
Let the mixture cool slightly and then go ahead and add the essential oils. You’ll need to work pretty fast before the mixture starts to harden up.
Pour Into Mold
Next gently pour the mixture into your mold and let it cool completely before trying to pop them out. Placing them in the freezer or refrigerator will speed the process up. If your mixture happens to solidify before you get the chance to pour then don’t freak out! You’ll just need to reheat a bit and it will be good to go.
Once your bars have cooled then they are ready to use!
Benefits Of Using Lavender Lotion Bars
Why would you use a lotion bar after all? What makes them so special compared to normal lotion from Walmart?
For starters, they do not come in a plastic bottle. So many plastic bottles are thrown away and of course many of those are from lotion. By using lotion bars you will help keep our planet clean!
A second benefit is that this DIY lotion bar recipe is all natural. This means that there are unhealthy additives commonly seen in store bought lotions such as parabens and phthalates. Most lotions will be diluted with water which calls for the need of a preservative to prevent molding. Since there are no water in lotion bars, there’s no need for a preservative.
Of course an added benefit is the ingredients within the bars themselves! Shea butter and unrefined coconut oil are super moisturizing for the skin. Both include fatty acids which penetrate into the skin keeping them nice and hydrated.
Lavender For The Win!
Besides smelling amazing, lavender essential oil has several benefits as well. Some of these include promoting relaxation, supporting healthy skin, and relieving sore muscles.
Alternative Scent Combinations
Although Lavender is amazing for these DIY natural lotion bars, that doesn’t mean it’s your only option! The possible combinations are nearly endless. Here are a few other alternatives!
Orange and Bergamot
Lemongrass and Spearmint
Stress Away and Lime
Orange and Thieves
Print The Free Labels!
These bars make adorable gifts and I’ve already done half the work for you by creating labels! Find the “Lavender Lotion Bar” labels along with the rest of of them for my DIY Christmas Gift Basket in my Online Community Library. I have made them in black and white as shown below as well as red and green.
These can be printed on label paper or cardstock. If you are using cardstock like I did then you’ll need to place it on your tins with packing tape.
Print the labels HERE.
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Shop The Ingredients and Supplies
Silicon Mold (similar to what I’m using)
Have You Tried A Lotion Bar Before?
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried a lotion bar. Do you prefer a lotion pump, out of a jar or bars? I’d love to know what everyone is using!
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These sounds great! I was needing a few last minute Christmas gifts…I’m going to give them a try. Quick, easy, have all ingredients=major win!!