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Lotion Bars & 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 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.


  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 different 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 or containers.
  4. Let them cool on the counter or refrigerator.

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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!

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How To Cut a Watermelon in 6 Easy Steps

My friend shared this brilliant idea with me, so I thought I’d share it with you all here.  It’s made cutting and eating watermelon so much less of a chore!

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1. Start with half a watermelon.

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2. Cut all four sides to make a sort of squarish shape.

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3. Carefully trim the top off the square.

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4. Trim the corners.

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(Corners are trimmed.)

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5. Make vertical slices.

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6. Then make horizontal slices.

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And voila! You have perfect three-bite watermelon “sticks.” If you want cubes, simply make one or two more cuts.

For any extra watermelon left on the trimmings, I like to take a spoon and shave the extras into a bowl.  There’s always someone around who is happy to eat a little snack!