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Lotion Bars {a fun DIY project}

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I am SO excited to share this recipe with you!  I made it up based on several different recipes that I found online.  I also used what I had…and that was coconut oil, cocoa butter, bees wax, and some vanilla fragrance oil.  We LOVED how these bars turned out!  I leave my little tupperware setting out and rub the lotion bar on my hands throughout the day.  It has kept my poor cracking hands much softer and they smell SO good too!  You really MUST give this a try!


2 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. coconut oil
2 oz. bees wax
Scented fragrance oil or essential oil (add one drop at a time until desired fragrance) – I really like Warm Vanilla Sugar Fragrance Oil…smells oh so good!

Using a kitchen scale, measure out the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and bees wax and place in a saucepan.  Warm on low to medium-low temperature stirring often until all the ingredients are melted.  Stir in the essential oil or fragrance oil.

Allow to cool and thicken a little before pouring into molds.  I lined the mold with some plastic wrap to prevent the bars from sticking in the molds.

Below is a picture of the mold I used.  It was a soap mold that I bought when I was trying to make soap.  When I made this recipe, I poured it into the 2 oval molds and it filled them up perfectly.

Once the bars are completely cool and hardened, remove and store in a tight container.  As you can see in the picture at the beginning of this post, I store the lotion bar we are using in a small tupperware container.  It works perfectly.  You can store the extra bar in the plastic wrap you used in the molds until you need it.This recipe will make two 3 to 4-oz. lotion bars.

Helpful Hints:

You can find the cocoa butter, bees wax, and essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Coconut Oil can be found at your local Walmart.

Please note, that these lotion bars will get very soft (and maybe melt) in real warm weather.  Keep them stored in a cool place!  I would say when temperatures get above about 80 or 85 degrees, you may start having problems with the lotion bars getting soft.

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  1. do you think i can add lemon essential oil because thats the only one i have.. please what do you think? thank you.
    1. You sure can Nancy! You can use whatever scent of essential oil you want really. Have fun making the bars! We love ours..especially this time of year.
  2. would shea butter work in the place of cocoa butter? I was going to whip up a batch of this when I realized I only had shea butter...
    1. Yes..the original recipes actually used shea butter, but I just used what I had (cocoa butter) and we really liked it. But I'm sure the shea butter would work great too! Have fun!
        1. Just remember to let them sit for quite a while before removing from the mold. I hope they turn out good! We are loving the lotion bars here. I always hated putting lotion onto my dry hands because they would just burn. The lotion bars don't do that..they feel so good!
          1. Here's my update: LOVE these! I stuck mine in the fridge to help them cool down before bedtime, as I wanted to use them last night. I'm so used to slathering my hands with lotion and waiting while the lotion "soaks" in - so these are quite different, but my skin already feels smoother and softer, and the really dry parts of my hands are not hurting. My hands feel more moisturized than normal, but without the greasiness I sometimes got from lotion. Thanks for sharing this, and thanks for your help!
          2. That's great! I'm glad you liked the bars and the shea butter worked for you. These would make great gifts for Christmas too! Have a wonderful day!

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