Monday, October 31, 2011

Lavender Love Lotion Bars

I have purchased a few "massage bars" from Lush before, so when I saw this recipe for homemade lotion bars on Crunchy Betty, I was excited to try it out.

What you need:
-equal parts: beeswax, shea butter, carrier oil of choice (I used sweet almond oil) 3 oz or about 1/2 c each
-15 drops of essential oil of choice (optional, I used lavender)

The supplies.
(I found a discounted 100% beeswax candle for a better price than beeswax.)

Melt grated beeswax and oil completely together first.
(This is my makeshift double boiler, just a smaller pot sitting inside a larger one with some water.)

Then add the shea butter just until melted.  Do not overheat.
Also, do not use a wooden spoon.  Wax is so hard to get off of wood.  Learn from my mistakes.

Immediately pour into mold of your choice.  Silicone is ideal.

Add optional essential oil of choice, and quickly stir with a toothpick.

Allow to set either on the counter for a couple hours or in the freezer for 15 minutes.  Then pop 'em out!

I love them.  They are very moisturizing and really soften skin.  With the essential oil they have a pleasant smell.  They soak into the skin well with no sticky residue or greasiness.  I gave a few away, and I got good responses from others who used them as well.  They can be used for lotion on pretty well any part of the body or even as an alternative to massage oil.  I think it will be fun to experiment with different scents and add-ins such as coffee or other types of beans.  These would make great gifts too especially with Christmas coming up!

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  1. Well I guess I'm not making you those for Christmas anymore! :(

  2. Trying this too! I love Lush products and have tried their massage bars! I'm particularly addicted to "Flying Fox" shower gel (can be used as shampoo as favourite!)

  3. So do you think there would be a way to add something to these to repel Mosquitos?

  4. @Greg and Amy
    I looked into it and these are the options I found for natural mosquito repellents:
    Citronella Oil
    Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
    Cinnamon Oil
    Castor Oil
    Rosemary Oil
    Lemongrass Oil
    Cedar Oil
    Peppermint Oil
    Clove Oil
    Geranium Oil

  5. Ok, so I am a little confused. They look pretty firm. Do you use them in the shower or just rub them on you skin afterwards? I have been wanting to make skin care as well as household cleaning products for a couple years now but am just getting started. So excited to find many different options.

    1. Hi Andrea-->in a nutshell, *wink* certain oils melt at skin temperature, which makes them very nice to use as lotion "bars". It is not necessary to use them while you are in the shower unless you just want to.

  6. @Andrea They are firm. You rub them over dry skin as as moisturizer. Or they could be used for massages as well. If you check out my (currently) most recent post, there is an opportunity to win some right now.

  7. Lavender is my favorite scent!! I love reading your blog, and although I haven't ever post a reply to you, I have started to Follow as of today!! Happy Blogging!!!

  8. These look really yummy! Can't wait to try them, thank you :)

  9. How would you wrap them as gifts?

    1. I actually used empty toilet paper rolls. I put the bar inside and then folded in the open sides to make a pillow box.

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