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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.

Helpful Lotion Bar Recipe Supply List

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!

Course: DIY
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Instructions
  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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283 comments on “Lotion Bar Recipe {Handcrafted Gifts}”

  1. Love this idea! I am going to make for Christmas gifts. Do you have a rough idea of how much beeswax/coconut oil/almond oil is needed to make a dozen soap bars? I can’t really tell how much coconut oil or almond oil I need to buy. Thanks!

    • The smallest bottle of almond oil is usually about 2-4 oz and that will be enough for years and years of lotion bars. Coconut oil comes in 16 oz as the smallest jar I believe and that will be plenty!

      But in order to know how much you’d need to make 1 dozen, I’d need to know the size of your mold.

  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. 

  4. 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!!!!

  5. 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! 

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 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?