Do you ever feel like you’re always on the go?
With three kids, I feel like we are constantly driving to/from school, afterschool activities, family-fun outings, or just on the road to visit friends and family. With all that travel, you bet I need something to keep my skin (as well as my kids’ skin) moisturized because it gets so dry here in California.
That’s why I wanted to find a way to take my homemade body butter on the go, but without the mess. So I came up with a super simple way to do it – add beeswax! Ta-da! Yep, it’s just that easy. I made DIY Lotion Bars using my homemade body butter recipe and added beeswax to it. It took me a while to figure out the right ratio, but I’ve got it down now and wanted to share it with you.
So if you’re planning a trip or just always on the go, you can take these DIY Lotion Bars with you. These make adorable gifts for birthday parties (um, anyone thinking a DIY beauty-themed party for little girls? ), holiday gifts, etc. I just made a bunch to give to my family and friends.
The best part is that these lotion bars are so inexpensive to make – just a little over 3 bucks to make a 1 oz bar (including the cost of the container). Compare that to the lotion bars in department stores that retail for $12-20 per 0.5 oz bar! So you get DOUBLE the lotion bar at about 1/6 of the price? Yep, and I’ll show you how to do it.
DIY Lotion Bars
About the Ingredients
- Coconut oil is great for dry, scaly or itchy skin. It helps to naturally moisturize.
- Shea butter is derived from the nuts of the shea tree, grown in Africa. It’s incredibly moisturizing and can help to protect skin from dryness.
- Beeswax is moisturizing and helps to keep this DIY Lotion Bar in a solid form that makes it easy to travel.
- Vitamin E is nourishing for the skin. It also helps to fight off free radicals and gives the skin a youthful appearance.
- Lavender and Geranium essential oils (where to buy) are fantastic for the skin. Both help to protect and soothe the skin.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter (chopped into small pieces or grated)
- 1/4 cup beeswax pastiles
- 3-4 drops of vitamin E (optional)
- 10-15 drops essential oils (I really like Lavender and/or Geranium – where to buy)
- Use a double boiler on low heat to melt all ingredients (except essential oils).
- Remove from heat once all ingredients have melted, and add essential oils.
- Fill silicone molds or tin containers (I really like these) and let cool for a couple of hours to firm up.
How to Use DIY Lotion Bars
Once the lotion bars have solidified, you can rub them anywhere you need to moisturize – such as elbows, knees, arms, legs, etc. These DIY lotion bars are so gentle you can use them on babies and kids too.
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