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Lotion Bar Recipe {Handcrafted Gifts}

This three-ingredient Lotion Bar Recipe is the best non-greasy formula for dry to normal skin. They are easy to make and can be prepared in only 10 minutes!

homemade lotion bars with a bee design sitting on piece of burlap on a wooden background

I cook a lot. And with cooking mostly from scratch comes approximately 4,398 hours worth of dishes per week. (I’m not good at math…let’s call that an approximate.) My hands are looking busted of late, and I’ve actually contemplated getting dishwashing gloves to prevent further knuckle crackage.

This homemade lotion bar recipe is a godsend.  It totally heals my hands after just a few applications.  I wake up feeling like someone has rubbed tiny baby butts all over my mitts.

What Are Hard Lotion Bars?

Ohhh, my friend, you haven’t lived until you have used a hard lotion bar. It looks like a bar of soap but contains ingredients that are nourishing and moisturizing to your skin.

It is not soap so you wouldn’t bring it into the shower or bath, but you can put it on right after showering.

How Do You Use a Hard Lotion Bar?

The best part is how easy they are to use and store! You simply rub the lotion bar between your hands (or on other places on your skin) until the heat from your skin warms the bar up and releases the moisturizer into your skin.

Another wonderful thing about these lotion bars is that they have pretty much healed a few little patches of eczema that my son Jack had near his mouth and behind ears.

How Do You Store Lotion Bars?

Anything air-tight will work. Old mint tins, squat mason jars, or even a ziploc bag will work.  Coconut oil is liquid at 76 degrees F or above, so keep them out of direct sunlight and in a cool dry place for best results.

How Long Do Lotion Bars Last?

If stored properly (see above) they should last for five-plus years. The lotion bar may develop a harder coating from the wax but they are still perfectly safe to use.

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ingredients for a lotion bar recipe - coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and a bar of beeswax

How to Make This Lotion Bar Recipe – Step by Step

  1.  Place 2 cups of water in a medium-sized pan fitted with a double boiler. Place beeswax in the double boiler and allow it to fully melt,
  2. Add the coconut oil and sweet almond oil, and stir gently (with a spoon dedicated solely to beeswax crafts) until the coconut oil is melted.
  3. Using an oven mitt, remove the double boiler from the pan and wipe the water off of the bottom of the boiler. Pour the melted mixture into your molds, and allow to set for a few hours, or overnight.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Having a double-boiled dedicated to just wax crafts means you don’t have to spend a ton of time cleaning it in-between recipes. You could also use a mason jar in a pot of simmering water.
  • Vegans can use carnauba wax in lieu of beeswax.
  • If you have a coconut allergy you can sub in shea butter.
  • If you have a nut allergy you can sub in olive or avocado oil for the sweet almond.
  • Using an empty deodorant tube makes it super easy to apply this lotion bar recipe and makes it kid-friendly for them to apply themselves.

Variations

Want a scented lotion bar? Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils in step 2 with the sweet almond oil. Please note, I don’t sell essential oils or anything but I do use them myself around the house.

These bars smell so clean and natural even without essential oils, and they work amazingly well. They have become one of my most requested holiday gifts from friends and family.

Apparently, everyone wants skin that feels like baby butts. I just make lotion bars. I’m not here to judge.

homemade hard lotion bar with a bee design sitting on burlap on a wooden background

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Lotion Bar Recipe {Handcrafted Gifts}
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This three-ingredient Lotion Bar Recipe is the best non-greasy formula for dry to normal skin. They are easy to make and can be prepared in only 10 minutes!

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  1. Note: by "equal parts" for the ingredients, it would mean you use the same measurements of all the ingredients. Let's say you want to use 1/3 cup of beeswax, you'd then want to use 1/3 cup of the almond oil and the coconut oil. This allows you to use scale the recipe up to your preferred amount for your molds.

  2. Place 2 cups of water in a medium-sized pan fitted with a double boiler. Place beeswax in the double boiler and allow it to fully melt.

  3. Add the coconut oil and sweet almond oil, and stir gently (with a spoon dedicated solely to beeswax crafts) until the coconut oil is melted.

  4. Using an oven mitt, remove the double boiler from the pan and wipe the water off of the bottom of the boiler. Pour the melted mixture into your molds, and allow to set for a few hours, or overnight.

Recipe Notes

Vegans can use carnauba wax in lieu of beeswax.

 

If you have a coconut allergy you can sub in shea butter.

 

Using an empty deodorant tube makes it super easy to apply this lotion bar recipe and makes it kid-friendly for them to apply themselves.

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282 comments on “Lotion Bar Recipe {Handcrafted Gifts}”

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  2. Hi! Can’t wait to try this! Where did you find the sweet honeycomb mold?

  3. I made these as gifts for Christmas using lavender oil as a scent. Friends are reporting improved nails, better sleep and the wish for more!  I am having to cost them as they insist on buying them from me. Love them. I made a little fabric pouch for gifting and I keep mine in a little tin. 

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  5. I’m back into making these lotion bars! Love the additional instructions to add essential oils to the bars! These will be my Christmas gifts for most people this year! I’ve also decided that I no longer need to buy hand lotion when I can make an easy moisturizing lotion bar!!!!

  6. Be sure to warn any husbands/brothers/men in your life that it’s best to keep lotion bars away from the more “sensitive” area if they contain peppermint essential oil. My husband learned the hard way it can really tingle and not in a good way! I really like this recipe and plan on making a batch for my gifts. Thank you! 

  7. Love love love this post. Laughed my soft baby butt off!
    Putting in a “friends and family” request for this as a gift. 😁

  8. Did I spark this post? 😊lol! This will be my Christmas present staple. I’m thinking of stacking them in a hand decorated mason jar and tying a nice ribbon on it. Merry Christmas! 

    • LOL, I’m in your brain Sherrie!

      Actually, I have been working on updating the post for a while now and whenever I put a lot of work into something old, I republish it. Or in Troy’s case, I marry it!

      I think lotion bars in a little jar would be so pretty!

  9. I’m excited to make these tonight!!
    How should I store them? Wax paper? scrap piece of fabric? have you ever had one of these melt in your purse on a hot day? Or are these an ‘at home only’ kinda thing?

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. I’ve recently seen a whole bunch of ads/buzz for shampoo bars (less plastic used, they still foam up). Do you make those too?

  11. I like your bee mold!

  12. I’ve been looking for activities to do with my Guide troop, this is now on my list. Just need to work out what to put the lotion in for them to take home while it’s still liquid.

    • If you have access to a fridge, pop them in for 20-30 minutes! The lotion bars. Not the kids. 🙂

      • No fridge unfortunately but the hallway outside the room we meet in is pretty cold, they could put them out there while they [watch me] tidy up.

      • If you’re doing a basic silicone mold like the one I linked in the post, that would work just fine. Anything more intricate (like the bee one in my pictures) would need to be fully cooled before removing.

  13. Is this suitable for daily facial use or is it too heavy/will it clog pores?

  14. My fiance is allergic to beeswax. Is there any alternative I can use.

  15. For my hands, I have been using the Beeswax Butter Balm (from Made from Earth). I absolutely LOVE this stuff! Everything I’ve ever tried from Made from Earth is amazing. Its a balm, and works really well on my extremely dry hands, winters are bad here in Michigan and this does the trick.

    All of their products use high quality ingredients and real essential oils, and I have been using the Beeswax Butter Balm both on my hands and on my lips. So addicted

  16. Could I substitute an oil I have on hand, such as grapeseed or olive, for the almond?

    • The almond is a really soft nourishing oil, so yes you can substitute it, but I’d maybe go a little “lighter” on it in terms of amount.

  17. I have been making these for years, and love them. Basically the rule is 1:1:1 beeswax, hard oil, soft oil.

    But my real reason for commenting is re: cleanup.
    After I scrape everything out of the pot I give it a quick swipe with a paper towel to remove the residual oils and wax then wash as usual.

    I have not tried using baking powder but I might try it for fun–and because I would use the baking powder/oil mix in my next shower and use it as a body scrub.

  18. Just wondering – why limit yourself to what you can find in stores? Especially in small town/stores things cost more (less bulk-buying abilities by small businesses) – you can get anything you’re looking for on the internet, and you can comparison shop for the best deals right from your couch. If being frugal is that important….

  19. I know this is a stupid question, but is candle wax you buy in blocks the same as beeswax. I have some left over from making candles and would like to use it up. Or there is a different grade/quality for making lotion bars?

  20. Ok, call me stupid, but, these are basically blocks of lotion…do you just rub the “block” over the areas you want moisturized?? like a bar of soap??

    • That’s exactly correct stupid (sorry, you told me to!). It’s a hard lotion bar and the heat from your skin will release a bit of the lotion where needed.

  21. Can I use a mason jar instead of a double boiler, I’m worried about the cleanup of the beeswax from the pots, I don’t want to ruin anything. Or is cleanup not as bad as it sounds?

    • I don’t see why not! Mason jars are so cheap and if it doesn’t work out, you’re out less than $1. I now have a dedicated double boiler just for wax crafts, but a mason jar would be great.

  22. Made these beauties today…absolutely love it!! My husband has terrible psoriasis- he is about to be my case study!!
    Thank you for sharing, I will be attempting a few of your recipes as soon as my essential oils come in!
    Ps- Hobby Lobby has a 1 lb beeswax bar for $10.99, today I was able to use a 50% off coupon from their website!!! I found the bar very difficult to cut though.

  23. I have made these twice before. I find they keep best if kept in the fridge. The last batch I made I added a little peppermint essential oil and absolutely loved it even more! I am going to prepare some as part of gift baskets this Christmas for the gals I work with and my kid’s teachers!

  24. I am like you, I am on a budget, but I enjoy crafts. I am going to make these tomorrow, I can’t wait. Thanks,

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Rosie

  25. I get that you use equal parts of each mixture

    1 cup/part beeswax
    1 cup/part almond oil
    1 cup/part coconut oil

    but is that 1 cup/part melted (liquid) wax or 1 cup/part soild wax
    because 1 cup of solid wax does NOT melt into 1 cup of liquid wax.

    Or could you just use a 1/4 wax, and once you melt it use the amount of wax liquid to determine how much of every other part to use? Because it seems to me that measuring 1 cup of solid wax would be difficult to get exact in a measuring cup.

    Sorry for being so technical I am just trying to figure out how many oz. solid wax does it take to make 1 cup ( 8 fluid oz.) of melted wax so that I could determine the yield of bars per 1 solid pound of wax.

    :)))

    • I have just been making lotion bars for the first time, and going by instructions found on many various blogs (lotion bars sure are popular DIY items!) I weighed ingredients unmelted.

      I am using a small inexpensive kitchen scale with glass ramekins to weigh each part of the recipe. Put the glass dish on the scale, zero it, and start adding your ingredients. So long as each category of ingredient weighs the same, it should work out.

      If you were to use 2 oz. of wax, then weigh another dish with a total of 2 oz. of butters, and another dish with 2 oz. of oils. I’m combining different waxes and butters, but keeping the ratio of 1-1-1 for the wax-oil-butter.

      You will find that if you use soy wax instead of beeswax, you have softer bars, so you might use harder butters (cocoa or shorea) or more coconut oil (solid at room temp) than other oils that stay liquid.

      What you choose to use will affect the softness/hardness and meltability of your bars. I’ve used soy wax so far, because I had that already, and it’s lovely, but be aware that it’s much softer. You could almost just pour the melted ingredients into containers and call it balm! I will definitely get beeswax to use once my soy wax is used up. I’m not sure that softer bars will be a good idea here in the south, where they might just melt being in a purse or pocket.

      Hope that helps!