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Why hello, always so nice to see you. How is your week going so far? We had a Friendsgiving potluck at work yesterday, so I feel very into the holiday spirit and ready for the family celebrations at the end of this week.
I had mentioned my lavender lotion bars in my Friday favorites last week and wanted to share the how-tos with you today.
I love lotion bars during the winter. They tend to provide a thicker moisturizer than a liquid lotion, which I need as my skin gets super dry the second heaters start going on.
My lotion bars are adapted from a recipe from the Wellness Mama that I came across a few years ago. When my little guy was an infant, he had the most sensitive skin and nothing I tried seem to soothe it. I made these lotion bars the first time with him in mind, they worked like a charm and soothed his little-chapped cheeks right away!
I like the addition of lavender because it is a soothing ingredient and pleasant, mild scent. Other essential oils could be used though. These bars are easy to customize and also make a great homemade gift!
Lavender Lotion Bars
- 3/4 cup beeswax (you can buy beeswax in pellets or bars, the pellets are easier to measure and melt faster, but the bars tend to be cheaper).
- 3/4 cup shea butter
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil (optional, Vitamin E oil could also be used)
- 12-15 drops lavender essential oil
Directions: Melt beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter together in a double boiler until fully melted. It can be hard to clean beeswax off of a pan or bowl, I usually use a glass jar or old coffee can in a pan of water, rather than my double boiler pans. That way I am not as worried about anything having a lasting film on it.
Once melted, stir in the almond oil and lavender. Stir and pour into silicone molds.
I used this one. Amazon has a huge variety and they are super affordable. If you don’s have a silicone mold, you can use a muffin tin, but be sure to line the cups with plastic wrap before pouring.
Allow completely cool prior to removing from the mold. Wrap individually. Can be stored at room temperature, but try to keep away from any heat sources. To use, simply rub the bar between your hands or on your skin. Just like you would use a bar of soap, minus the water.
*The amounts given will yield 6 palm-sized lotion bars. You can easily make a larger or bigger batch, just aim for equal amounts of beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil.
Please let me know if you give them a try!
Do you ever make gifts? I’m not super crafty, but I like including homemade beauty products or baked goods as part of our gifts. I feel like it adds a little personal touch.
Hope you have a great day!