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 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) – my family love orange, peppermint, or lavender
- Melt everything gently using a double boiler and stir frequently.
- Remove from heat, then add essential oils of your choice. I use about 30 drops for one batch. (If I want to do different scents, I will add the oils to the molds about half way through adding the mixture, stir, then finish filling.)
- Pour into the molds or containers.
- Let them cool on the counter or refrigerator.
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!