How to Make Lotion Bars (A Simple Lotion Bar Recipe)

lotion bars

I’ve given lotion bars as gifts for a few years now. They are usually a big hit!

One reason I love to give lotion bars is because they are unique. Most people have not used a lotion bar before. It’s a treat to introduce them to something I enjoy using so much.

Lotion bars are excellent moisturizers and are very simple to make.

Once I had the idea to give lotion bars as gifts less than an hour before a large group of people showed up at my house. I was able to whip them up and have a batch of lotion bars ready to go before they arrived! That’s how easy it is to prepare them!

The ease of preparing these bars is one reason I included them in my 100 Gifts in an Hour tutorial. 

A basic lotion bar recipe requires three ingredients:

1 part coconut oil
1 part beeswax
1 part shea or cocoa butter

The “1 part” can be whatever you like. 1/2 cup of each, 2 ounces of each, or 1 lb of each (if your making TONS and TONS of them!). Just use equal parts of each ingredient and you should achieve the right consistency.

I prefer cocoa butter because I love the scent and also like the feel of it on my skin more than Shea. But shea butter is frequently used and well loved by many.

Once these three ingredients have been melted over a double boiler, essential oils can be added (if desired). The mixture is then poured into molds and left to harden.

I pour mine into a muffin pan and place into the freezer for 30 minutes (but they can also be left on the counter to cool. They just take a lot longer that way).

simple homemade lotion bars

An example of the lotion bar recipe:

Ingredients

Method

Place all ingredients in a double boiler and warm until melted. While melting, lay out the molds and prepare freezer space for the molds.

Once melted, remove from heat and let to cool for a few minutes.

Add any essential oils and stir with a wooden skewer to distribute evenly.

Pour into molds and place in the freezer to cool. Set the timer for 30 minutes.

Once the timer goes off, remove molds from freezer and pop lotion bars out of the molds.

To package

Because I make lotion bars in a muffin tray, they don’t fit easily into a container (although I did find some perfectly sized ones at the craft store and there are some round containers in the food storage section of some grocery stores). To give as a gift I usually place the lotion bar in a small dish (like a ramekin) and tie with cellophane and some raffia.

I will also give them in a cellophane bag. However, when I do so, I must also give instructions for storage.

Instructions for storage:

Keep out of extreme heat (it could melt). Keep lotion bar in a container or ziplock bag as it may stain clothing or other items that it comes into contact with.

Shelf stable for at least 6 months.

 Here is a video of Renee (of MadeOn) demonstrating how to make lotion bars in about 30 minutes:

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This is one of my favorite homemade skin care recipes. It’s a perfect for beginners and make a wonderful gift. 

I first learned to make lotion bars from the awesome My Buttered Life eBooks from the wonderful Renee of MadeOn Hard Lotion.

All four of the My Buttered Life books are excellent!

My Buttered Life ebooks

I buy most of my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs. The beeswaxcocoa butter and coconut oil are all reasonably priced there.

Some ingredients are also available on Amazon.com. Their prices on beeswax and cocoa butter are reasonable.

Have you made lotion bars before? If not, is this something you’d think about trying?

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shg 5This is Day 8 in the 31 Days of Simple, Homemade Gifts Series. 

Stacy Karen

Stacy is a DIY obsessed, healthy living advocate. A preacher's wife and mom of three, she loves to encourage others to live a natural lifestyle.
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    1. Hi Adrienne,

      Oops! Thanks for pointing out that I missed that! I’ve updated the post with the following:

      Instructions for storage:

      Keep out of extreme heat (it could melt). Keep lotion bar in a container or ziplock bag as it may stain clothing or other items that it comes into contact with.

      Shelf stable for at least 6 months.