Happy Monday all! Well, as happy as you can feel on a Monday, right? If you’ve got a case of the Mondays, hopefully this quick lotion bar DIY can perk you up a bit! At the very least, it’ll definitely give your skin a nice glow! I’m excited to announce that I’m launching a month-long mini-series. This month we is all about Summer Skincare! Every Monday you’ll get another beauty DIY to give yourself that incredible summer glow. Give your skin some lovin’ this summer with my simple and easy DIYs!
Even though it’s not the cold winter months, my skin has certainly suffered its fair share of dryness. I’ve tried so many lotions over the years. But I could never find one that was non-greasy, quick absorbing, yet nourishing for my skin. Everything was either too heavy or dried me out!
In my quest for DIY beauty (like my DIY Facial System) I’ve come across many lotion bar recipes. Lotion bars are great because they only require 3-4 ingredients, they last a long time (the shelf life of the ingredients), and they require no additional packaging (other than the ingredient packaging). They’re easy to use and customizable for all skin types.
Many recipes I’ve seen use the staple DIY favorite coconut oil as the base oil. While I absolutely adore coconut oil, it was way too greasy in any lotion bar I tried. However, I’m excited to share that I’ve found an oil that works perfectly for lotion bars! It’s lightweight and quick absorbing. It’s also fairly affordable; unlike jojoba or avocado oil. Grape seed oil is the perfect balance between moisturizing and lightweight.
These lotion bars are a great way to moisturize your skin, reduce waste, and care for yourself. And they’re also great for sharing! I’ll be giving one of these bars to a friend for her bridal shower this month. While I didn’t make a large batch this time, I like to make a large batch to store for gifts.
You never know when you’ll have a birthday, bridal or baby shower, or other special occasion sneak up on you faster than you anticipated. In that case, it’s always nice to have something on hand for gift giving! Not only will you save time and money, but they’re unique, handcrafted gifts. And of course they pair well with a loving letter encouraging the recipient to take time for themselves 🙂 .
Lotion bars make great gift baskets when paired with homemade soap, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, or lip balms. I started a recent tradition of making gift baskets for my friends around the holidays for my annual cocktail party.
Before the lotion bar recipe, I want to share a few notes.
Measuring: I prefer to measure the ingredients on a food scale instead of measuring cups. It keeps the balance more accurate according to weight since the ingredients come in different forms (solid, liquid, size). But because this recipe doesn’t need to be chemically balanced like in soap making (when lye is involved), using measuring cups or approximations is fine too. This is just my personal preference. But a food scale is not necessary to complete this great DIY!
Mold: I use a silicone mold that I had on hand, But muffin tins are another great option that most people already have around the house. I used 50 grams of each base part. This produced 3 approximately 1.8 oz bars (3 bars in this mold).
Melting: To melt the ingredients together, I made a makeshift double boiler. I used a mesh colander to place over a pot of boiling water. Then I combined the ingredients in a mason jar and placed that jar in the colander. Be sure to hold the colander in place when stirring! It might fall into the water with too much pressure and movement.
You can also heat the ingredients over low heat. However, I prefer my makeshift double boiler. It’s easier to pour the ingredients once they’re mixed and the heat is less harsh on the oils.
DIY Nourishing Lotion Bars
- 1 part (50 grams) grape seed oil
- 1 part (50 grams) cocoa butter (makes a hard bar)
- 1 part (50 grams) beeswax
- 5 tablets of Vitamin E oil or 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil
- Makeshift double boiler (mentioned above), actual double boiler (ha), or saucepan
- Spoon or knife for mixing
- Over medium-high heat, begin boiling the water. (Or over very low heat, melt the oil, butter and beeswax in a saucepan. Skip step 2.)
- Combine oil, butter, and beeswax in a heat resistant jar or small bowl. Place jar over the boiling water (see makeshift double boiler).
- Let heat until ingredients begin to melt. Stir occasionally.
- Once ingredients have melted together, remove from heat.
- Quickly add essential oil or Vitamin E oil to mixture.
- Pour lotion mixture into mold.
- Wait 12 hours (overnight) to remove from mold. Store in a cool, dry place.
My little mold. Love this guy for all my DIY beauty products! It’s so versatile!
To apply, rub lotion bar between hands and apply to desired location. Or rub bar directly across skin. If bar is too hard, heat for a few seconds in the microwave or gently heat with a hairdryer to soften oils.
A Few Customization Ideas
You can purchase push-up tubes containers that make the lotion bar easier to apply. While I prefer the no packaging method (I haven’t bought these yet), these are cute customizations for gifts if you want to add labels, etc.
- Shea butter (another personal favorite)
- Mango Butter
- Lemongrass (yummm)
I hope you enjoy your lotion bars! You can pair them with a nice bath and DIY facial! What other beauty DIYs would you like to see? What kinds of lotion bars have you made and liked? Let me know!
Wishing you beautiful skin,
Related: Check out the entire June Summer Skincare Mini-Series: