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Lotion Bar Recipe {Homemade Hard Lotion Bar}

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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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.

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Lotion Bar Recipe {Homemade Hard Lotion Bar}

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!
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: DIY

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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286 comments on “Lotion Bar Recipe {Homemade Hard Lotion Bar}”

  1. can u micro wave this ?

  2. Ok. Dumb question. How do you store these between uses? I obviously can’t just throw one of these lovely little bars into my purse unless it’s in something.

    • I bought a pack of tiny Ziploc bags from Joanns (fabric store), and use that to keep these in my purse. They were also great for wrapping them for Christmas presents, and I used them to give away lavender and smoked salt for the holidays.

      They’re the little bags that you would think of when you think of “drug dealer Ziplocs”. HA!

  3. Sorry if this is a silly question, but how are these lotion if they are hard? Do they melt as you rub them on your skin? Xx

    • As you warm them up by rubbing them between your hands, they’ll give off a little bit of the lotion. You can then rub that in to your hands.

      In recent batches, I’ve added a bit of olive oil a well and that makes it easier to spread, but it also makes it a bit greasier and it takes longer to absorb.

  4. I did this and mine came out with a nasty sour smell to them, how can I fix that? Could I add a few drops of vanilla extract or a scented oil. And once they are melted and hardened up can they be remelted? Thanks for your help.

    • A sour smell? I have no idea why that would happen unless you were maybe using funky oil? Yes, they can be remelted.

    • I’m completely stumped! I’ve made multiple batches of these, and mine just smell like warm beeswax. Was your beeswax local, or from a hobby type store (like Michaels, etc.)? I wonder if something was either up with your beeswax or if the almond oil had gone funky. Coconut oil probably isn’t the culprit.

    • Yeah it is a foul sour type smell, I used almond oil, organic coconut oil because that’s all they had and yellow beeswax equal parts of each, I didn’t think that they would smell because nothing that I used really had a smell but there it was…..I am going to pick up some scented aromatherapy oil and add that and see how it turns out I will let you know if it smells better or gets worse….Thanks for your help.

  5. You totally need a pinterest page! I’ve pinned a few of your things, you have a great blog!!!! I can’t wait to make these and the lip balm for Christmas gifts!

  6. I was wondering about using eucalyptus oil and/or vitamin E oil with the beeswax? I also could only find sweet almond oil, will it be the same?

    • I used grapefruit essential oil and vitamin E for my last batch and it did great.

      I think the sweet almond oil should be fine!

    • I was wondering about tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil also (to help heal eczema and/or ward off insects!). Any thoughts (just a few drops maybe????)?

  7. I just saw this, and it’s great, but I’m allergic to coconut, so what would be a good alternative to the coconut oil?

  8. Do you know how long of a shelf life these may have???

  9. If I am finding them too ‘tacky’ and not absorbing into the skin, what did I do wrong? Thank you for any advice!

    • My guess would be a bit too much oil. These things are so forgiving, so throw them back in the double broiler, and add a bit more beeswax to “dry” them out.

      • Opposite- too much wax, add more of the solid coconut oil (the carrier oil, or almond oil will be too greasy)

  10. I do my lotions in mason jars in a pot w/water ( waterline below the top of jar obviously, usually 1/2 way up). I use the same pot to do lotions & stuff but if its too hard to clean out of the mason jar, heat it back up to a liquid, if not pitch the jar and u r done. Works great for me. I can alot so we always have jars around…