A couple of weeks ago I decided to try making my own lotion bars. They turned out really well, so I thought I’d share my recipe.
Simple Lotion Bars
1/4 cup beeswax, chopped or grated
1/4 cup cocoa butter, chopped or grated
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 Tablespoon almond oil
1 Tablespoon jojoba oil
In a microwaveable bowl or cup, heat the beeswax and cocoa butter in short bursts (about 30 seconds each), until they melt. Stir with a coffee stirrer or skewer. Add the oils, stir to mix, and pour into muffin tins lined with paper baking cups. Place in the refrigerator (or freezer) until set.
I adapted this recipe from this one and this one, but you’ll notice that I scaled them down to only make two bars. I wanted to make sure that I like this recipe (I do!), but I also figured it will take me quite a while to go through the bars. And it definitely will. So unless you’re giving them as gifts, you may want to keep your batch size pretty small.
To use, just gently rub the bar on your skin. Your body heat will melt the oils.
A note on tools and cleanup: It’s really difficult to clean wax from cooking implements. So when possible, either use tools dedicated to soap/bodycare projects, or use disposable items.