Sunday, August 25, 2013

Easy Lotion Bars

Let's jump right into this tutorial today!
First, lotion bars (aka solid lotion) are more common in the Etsy and DIY world rather than in stores.
They are literally bars of moisture for your skin. If you think about it, it is like a brick of lip balm for your skin! By the warmth of your hands you melt the ingredients and rub it onto your skin.
It can also be poured into a tube and just glided across the surface of your skin, too.

I'm casting my lotion bars in cleaned yogurt cups today. Remember NO WATER can come in contact with any of the ingredients. Water does not emulsify with oils and can cause bacteria to grow.

Supplies you will need
Here is the recipe I will be using:
1 part beeswax
1 part grape seed oil
1 part shea butter
1 part cocoa butter

For my 'part' I used a tablespoon, which resulted in 2 lotion bars. You can also add in essential oils, but I like the chocolate smell the cocoa butter adds to the bar.

Prepare a double boiler by placing a Pyrex cup in a pot filled with about 2 inches of water.
Put this on the stove on medium heat.

First add the beeswax and cocoa butter.
Then add the oil and lastly the shea butter.

cocoa butter

grapeseed oil
African yellow shea butter

After adding the shea butter, before it is fully melted take it off the heat. Use the heat from the other ingredients to melt he shea butter. If the shea butter gets too hot, it can crystallize and form beads in your lotion bars. You can still use it the lotion bar, but it has a gritty texture rather than a smooth one.

Let it cool a bit and add your essential oil if you want. Then pour into your mold.

Let them cool for 1 hour, to speed up this process pop them in the fridge or freezer for 20 minutes.
The bar will start to pull away from the container when it's ready. Flip the mold upside down and push and your bar should come out very easily.

Done! Enjoy using your lotion bars!


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