Posted by Super Mom No Cape on December 2nd, 2013
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here on the blog before, but I have allergies to a lot of the perfumes used in soaps and lotions that you buy in the store. This past summer, for health reasons, I switched to using only organic shampoo, conditioner and soap. But I was having a difficult time finding an organic lotion that I really liked.
Then a while ago I came across a simple recipe for making homemade lotion bars and since by making my own I could control the ingredients, I decided to give it a try. I’ve held off posting about it because I also wanted to see if I liked using the final product. I do, so it’s time to share.
The lotion bars require just three ingredients: almond oil, coconut oil and beeswax.
Measure equal quantities of each into a container. I used a measuring cup that I picked up at Value Village for just this experiment.
Melt the ingredients over boiling water. (You could also melt them in a microwave but at the time our son didn’t have one, so boiling water it was.)
Once the beeswax is melted, pour the mixture into molds. (Again I picked this up at Value Village.)
Allow the bars to cool completely.
Then pop them out of the mold.
You can then wrap them in plastic wrap or place them in a small bag to store.
To use the lotion bars, place one in your hand and allow the heat of your hand to soften the bar and then rub it on your skin. It takes a few minutes to be absorbed but I’ve found that I really like the way it makes my skin feel.
As this was an experiment, I only made a small batch (1/4 oz of each ingredient) but the recipe could easily be scaled up to make several more bars.
With Christmas just a few weeks away, these would also be quick and easy homemade gifts to make for friends and family. Make several, wrap them up pretty and you can make a few more check marks on your Christmas gift list.
Note: Since making these, I’ve been reading about chemicals in plastic leaching into products when heated so for future batches, I’m going to replace the plastic measuring cup and mold with non-reactive items.