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Homemade Lotion Bars and Lip Balms

Homemade lotion bars are a great alternative to chemical-containing lotions on the market.  This recipe works wonderfully as a lip balm, too.  I've had more people tell me that it's the only thing that works for their eczema, rosacea, baby's diaper rash cream, or cracked, bleeding lips!  



I like to use equal parts beeswax and shea butter, then about 1.5 parts coconut oil.  Adjust the ratios to make it how you like.  If you want to make a whipped body butter, increase the oil content and whip with your stand mixer until light and fluffy.

Beeswax (I read you can use cocoa butter in place if you have allergies.)
Shea Butter

Coconut Oil Silicone Molds, Tin, or Empty Lip Balm Tubes
Essential oils (optional) - we love orange, peppermint, or lavender

Instructions for Lotion Bars:

1. Melt everything gently using a double boiler and stir frequently.
2. Remove from heat, then add essential oils of your choice.  I use about 30 drops for one batch.  (If I want to do multiple scents, I will add the oils to the molds about half way through adding the mixture, stir, then finish filling.) 
3. Pour into the molds.
4. Let them cool on the counter, refrigerator, or freezer if you're in a hurry.

A few notes:

  • These lotion bars work wonderfully as diaper cream OR natural sunscreen!  Just add a little non-nano zinc oxide and some extra oil (experiment with different kinds - like jojoba oil) when you're melting everything so that it's more spreadable. 
If you want a more "whipped" lotion, you can try adjusting the ratios.  Try increasing the coconut oil or add some olive oil.  Then whip it up just like you would make whipped cream!