Super easy way to make your own DIY Lotion Bars and Homemade Lip Balm using the same all natural recipe
Have you ever looked … really looked at the ingredient list on a simple bottle of body lotion or face moisturizer? It’s scary! What the heck are all those chemicals anyway?
And, I don’t know if you have noticed but there are some body lotions and lip balms which seem to make my skin much drier instead of more moist.
Hint: Homemade lotion bars and lip balm make a DIY Gift Idea!
Basic Lotion Bar Recipe (step by step):
- Gather Supplies (see below)
- Combine 1 part butter + 1 part oil + 1 part wax
- Melt with a double boiler
- Pour into your containers
The benefits of homemade lotion bars
Well, I have found out that you can actually make your own super clean lotions and moisturizers without all the toxic chemicals.
Keep in mind, the homemade version will not keep as long as the store bought lotions, but the purity more than makes up for it. Also, you can make them in smaller batches so it won’t go bad.
So you see …. we have a choice. You can make your own beauty products not only without chemicals but also using ingredients that won’t aggravate your particular skin type.
This DIY recipe is super simple with only a very few basic, all natural ingredients like Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil and your choice of Essential Oils. But you are not stuck using those oils.
Feel free to experiment!
If your skin doesn’t respond well to cocoa butter, try Shea or Avocado. Substitute Almond Oil for Olive Oil.
There are many variations. Also, if the first combination doesn’t work well, go ahead and try something else.
Another bonus … these lotion bars can be easily personalized by using different fragrances such as lavender for floral or a more robust scent like sandalwood or musk.
Are you thinking DIY Gift Idea?? I give these moisturizing lotion bars away all the time and my friends love them. So, here you go… my super simple recipe for making your very own buttery body lotion bars and yummy lip balm.
Speaking of DIY Gift Ideas, here is a whole list of beauty products you can make yourself. 18 DIY Beauty Recipes and Homemade Gift Ideas
- Pure Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter (I used Cocoa Butter – check ingredients for additives)
- Pure Olive Oil
- Essential Oil s.a. Lavender (optional) **
- Molds, Lip Balm Tubes or Containers
- Double boiler or heat resistant container s.a. Pyrex and saucepan
- Measuring spoons
- Lipstick to tint the lip balm (optional)
** Note: Make sure the Essential Oils you use are specifically made for beauty products and not candles.
How to make lotion bars:
Combine the Ingredients
Basic Beeswax Lotion Recipe: 1 Part Butter + 1 Part Oil + 1 Part Wax
As I said above, since these are pure, natural ingredients with no preservatives, it is better to make your bars in small batches.
Honestly, I am not 100% sure of the shelf life of these lotion bars but they should be good for at least 6 months.
Note: If it smells funny, toss it out and make new.
This recipe makes 2 small lotion bars & 2 lip balms:
First, combine 2 tablespoons of each (Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil and Beeswax) in the glass measuring cup (or double boiler). If using, go ahead and add a few drops of lavender essential oil at this time.
Melt the oils
Place the cup in a pot with some water and heat to simmer until all ingredients are melted. Stir well to combine.
Fill the molds and containers
When everything is thoroughly melted and combined, carefully pour it into your molds or lotion containers. Let this it set up for a few minutes and then place in the refrigerator.
How to make Tinted Lip Balm
Optional: To make a tinted lip balm, you can add a bit of your favorite lipstick to the liquid and stir thoroughly to combine.
If the color is too light, add a bit more lipstick. Then carefully, pour this into your lip balm tubes or containers. Again, place in the refrigerator to set.
Note: You can also use soap and beauty product dyes instead of the lipstick for color. I don’t recommend food coloring, though as those can stain your clothes.
How to use Lotion Bars
Homemade Lotion Bars are super easy to use. Simply take the bar and gently rub it on your hands or body. The warmth from your skin will soften the bar and make the lotion easy to absorb.
There shouldn’t be any lasting greasy feeling. If there is, try reducing the amount of cocoa or shea butter in the recipe.
DIY Gift Idea!
Now that you know how to make your own bars with this super easy lotion bar recipe, make some up for Birthday, Mother’s Day or Christmas presents.
Add some thick wash cloths or bath towels and make a Spa Gift Basket for your best friend or Mom.
I hope you enjoy this beauty recipe as much as I do. Let me know if you try it … I’d love to see how your lotion bars turned out. And I’d love for you to try my latest … Marbled Goat Milk Soap
Can you make lotion bars without beeswax?
Yes, absolutely! If, for instance, you are a vegan and prefer to not use animal based products, you can easily substitute Soy Wax for the beeswax.
Or, if you would rather have a softer bar, simply play with your ratios a bit, using less liquid olive oil and more of the solid cocoa butter.
- -Pure Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter
- -Pure Olive Oil
- -Essential Oil s.a. Lavender (optional) **
- -Lipstick to tint the lip balm (optional)
- -Molds, Lip Balm Tubes or Containers
- -Double boiler or heat resistant container s.a. Pyrex and saucepan
- -Measuring spoons
- Gather your supplies
- Combine 1 part butter + 1 part oil + 1 part wax
- Melt all in the double boiler
- Pour the melted liquid into your containers
Note: Make sure the Essential Oils you use are specifically made for beauty products and not candles.
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