Solid Lotion Bars
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So first things first...
What is a lotion bar? A lotion bar is a solid, or firm form emollient product that is square or circle shaped. It is especially useful during the winter when the skin needs to seal in extra moisture. It is made from melting a combination of waxes and/or skin butters and oils. The choices are truly endless.
Why use a lotion bar? Lotion Bars are more compact, but like a soap bar, one lotion bar can last for months. Because of the addition of a wax, people may find that this seems to buffer rougher areas of the skin, like the feet, especially if you add a bit of exfoliation to the "garnish".
Are there any drawbacks? Of course! You wouldn't want to leave this in the hot sun as it can start to soften. Some people may not enjoy the waxy feel that it gives before it is rubbed in. It also is rubbed directly on the skin, so you want to make sure the area is clean first. This is safe for use on the lips too but you might not want to do that if you use this on areas like the feet.
Makes Approx. 12 Cupcake Sized Bars
4 oz Beeswax
4 oz Emollient Butters
4 oz Carrier oils
+ Additional drops essential oil for fragrance, if desired
Why no specifics? I want you to get creative. Experiment with different oils, butters and waxes. I find that most of the time I am asked for substitutions, instead of having a "fancy-smancy" recipe (like the one in my E-book), I decided to provide a basic, beginner friendly recipe.
1. Get two cupcake tins lined with cupcake liners. If you are adding any embellishments, add them to the bottom of the liners. You can add them to the top but you won't be able to readjust if needed. (See video.)
2. Create a double boiler by putting a bowl or glass measuring vessel in a pot with 1 inch of boiling water. Simmer on low.
3. Melt Beeswax until completely melted.
4. Add in the oils and butters, stir.
5. When everything is melted and no clumps remain, add in the essential oils if you are using them. Mix and transfer to a glass measuring cup.
6. Quickly pour your mixture and refrigerate until hardened, usually 20-30 minutes. Do not remove until totally hardened.
7. Using parchment paper to separate the tops and bottoms, store the bars in a container, or individually wrap them for gifts.
To use, rub directly on the skin and watch as it melts in. Run your hands over the area to allow it to soak in further. You want to use the bottom or smaller side if you use the cupcake shaped ones!
Can you change the recipe? Absolutely! Reducing the amount of wax would probably make it too soft but this formula could stand about an ounce more of Beeswax if you want a harder set. You can also scale up this recipe just fine. 🙂 Try out larger recipes in a lined loaf pan and cut it into bars like you would do for soap.
I haven't tried adding in the embellishments into the recipe but let me know if it works for you.
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