DIY Hard Lotion Bars

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by on December 18, 2012


DIY Hard Lotion Bars

DIY Hard Lotion Bars

You will love these DIY Hard Lotion Bars! I have such dry skin – and the cold winter doesn’t help. Unfortunately, I have passed this trait onto my kids, who all  have extremely dry skin, too. In my effort to try to find a moisturizer that would work for all of us, and not be filled with chemicals, I came across hard lotion bars.

Not only are these easy to make, they are fun to give as gifts (really any time of year) – and especially during the winter months!

Here’s how I made my hard lotion bars:

Ingredients for DIY Hard Lotion Bars:

melting DIY Hard Lotion Bars ingredientsWhat you’ll need for DIY Hard Lotion Bars:

Double-boiler (or improvise like I did with a pot inside of another).
Silicon Molds

Directions for DIY Hard Lotion Bars:

stirring DIY Hard Lotion Bars ingredients1. Melt equal parts of the coconut oil, shea butter (or cocoa butter) and bees wax in a double boiler. The bees wax will take the longest to melt, but just keep stirring to help it go faster.

pouring in molds2. Once everything is completely melted, add your optional essential oils (I used peppermint oil to be festive with the holiday season) and pour the hot liquid into your molds. For other seasons, lavender is wonderful, as well as Joy essential oil blend.

Note: All these essential oils are in included in the Young Living premium starter kit, which I recommend!

DIY Hard Lotion Bars molds3. The bars will start to form immediately, but you’ll want to let them set for about an hour (or you can put them in the freezer to form faster).

hard lotion gift set4. Wrap them in small holiday tins, baskets, or boxes to give as gifts! You can also individually wrap them in plastic wrap if you are giving more than one so they don’t mix fragrances.

diy lip balmI also found that these make wonderful lip balms, too. I used cocoa butter for the lip balms (you can order empty tubes to fill). Just fill them the same way as described above and enjoy!

Tip: If you mess up, you can just re-melt the bars and start the process again to get the perfect size and shape. You can also experiment with different butters, fragrances, sizes, and shapes to create a unique gift each time you make them. I found that cocoa butter has a light fragrance that is perfect without adding any other essential oils.


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