Winter can be so mean to your skin. I love the snow and the holidays and the endless mugs of hot chocolate. But seriously, I cannot stand how the weather dries out my skin. And my husband’s skin. And my kids’ skin. It’s annoying.
Which is why when winter rolls in I like to whip up some lotion bars. We use ours on a daily basis after bathing/shower. I also love to give these out as holiday gifts because they are very easy to make and stick out from all of the candy and cookies everyone else is handing out. I like lotion bars so much better than regular lotion for so many reasons.
- First, they just work better. Period. You don’t have to worry about their consistency to push them out of a pump, like regular lotion, so you get to use much richer ingredients. Ingredients like beeswax and cocoa butter make up the bulk of this recipe, and you can tell. It works beautifully.
- Second, they are made without water, so you don’t have to use a preservative if you don’t want to.
- Third, you don’t have another plastic bottle to throw away when you’re out. Sustainability is always cool.
This particular recipe is based on beeswax and cocoa butter. Both of these ingredients, along with all of the others, can protect and nourish your skin in ways no other natural or synthetic ingredient can. Bottom line – these lotion bars kick dry-winter-skin butt. So let’s start with the recipe:
These lotion bars make perfect winter gifts for everyone experiencing the negative effects of the dry winter climate.
- 8 oz Beeswax
- 8 oz Cocoa Butter
- 4 oz Shea Butter
- 2 oz Coconut Oil
- 1.25 oz Olive Oil
- 2.8 oz Relaxation Essential Oil and Fragrance Oil Blend, Crafter's Choice brand
Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. You can microwave them if necessary but it's not recommended. Do not overheat.
Add olive oil and fragrance oil.
Pour into molds and let the bars cool until solid.
Store in a cool, dry place.
Rub directly onto dry areas of skin.
When melting, the base ingredients make sure you don’t overheat it. If you make it too hot, the fragrance oil will evaporate when you add it later.
The fragrance oil I use for this recipe is called Relaxation EO & FO blend by Crafter’s Choice. I love this fragrance because it is true to its name. Very calming and not overpowering. It has notes of blue lavender and palmarosa. Feel free to use your choice of fragrance oil, just be sure to calculate the proper usage rate for the recipe. This information should be available on your fragrance oil packaging or on the website you purchased it from when buying online.
The reason I call these massage bars is that I like to pour them into these massage bar molds from Brambleberry. These molds create those big round beads that stick out from the bar. These beads feel amazing being rubbed directly over sore muscles. They’re also nice for a couple’s massage to get started on some sexy time (bow-chicka-wow-wow).
Once they’ve hardened, you’ll want to keep them in a cool, dry place. They melt at the perfect rate when applied against the warmth of your body. Left at room temperature they should stay nice and hard for when you need them. Be warned, though, if you live them in the hot sun, you will be left with a gooey puddle of beeswax and butter.
Holiday Gifting Ideas
Now I love me a good, unique Christmas gift for my friends. These lotion bars make the perfect little gift for everyone. Get creative with the molds you use and tailor the bars to your taste/message.
These mini Christmas tree lotion bars are a perfect travel size. Throw two or three in a little cellophane bag, throw a tag on it and call it good.
And everyone knows that you trick your children into doing things by cutting not-fun things into fun shapes. In this case, I used my dinosaur silicone mold from Walmart to shape my kids’ lotion bars. They LOVE rubbing their lotion dinosaurs on their little round bellies and legs. Your child-rearing friend will thank you for not giving her little gremlins more candy, while also giving them a useful and personal gift.
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