How to make a lotion bar

Lotion bars are extremely skin nourishing.

If you’d like to try your hand at making your own lotion bars.

Then we have put together the following handy tips, on the application of oils, waxes, and butter, so you can begin getting creative.

Lotion bar ingredients

The type of butter used will determine the consistency of the lotion bar.

Beeswax and Cocoa butter create a very hard lotion bar. Shea, Mango, and Avocado butter create a soft bar, which melts at body temperature.

Avocado Butter: This has a lovely buttery texture that makes a really moisturising body butter ingredient.
Avocado Oil: We love this oil; it’s a great anti-ageing oil that has potent replenishing properties.
Beeswax: With all the goodness of honey bees, a lotion bar with a high content of beeswax will create a hard lotion bar. It’s a good idea to introduce some soft butter in your formula or botanical oils when using this ingredient, otherwise, the bar may drag on the skin.
Cocoa Butter: This is a really hard butter that ideally needs to be mixed with other butters which will make the formula softer. Cocoa butter has many wonderful properties, so it should not be overlooked.
Hemp seed oil: This oil has many healing properties and makes a really lovely skin conditioner.
Mango Butter: This butter makes a really great emollient ingredient, and it is extremely beneficial for the skin as it is really vitamin-rich.
Shea butter: This is a rich, heavy butter that is really lovely on a dry, dehydrated skin type and a real affinity with the skin.
Sunflower oil: It is great to add some oil to your formula, you can use up to about 20% of this oil in a lotion bar recipe, which makes a great emollient for lip gloss.
Olive oil: This botanical oil is really nourishing, and will help to keep parched, dry skin moisturised.

Get creative with your lotion bar

You can get really creative with these lotion bars, for instance, if you want to give your skin a luxurious sun-kissed tint, you can do this by combining coconut and finely ground coffee, check out the recipe here, its a much more natural approach than using fake tan in a bottle. You could possibly add a little glitter or mineral makeup, to the ingredient to create that bronze effect.

You can make a bug repellent lotion bar by adding some essential oils such as lemongrass or citronella, to keep those bugs at bay. Or why not try your hand at creating a natural sunblock lotion bar, by adding Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide or both – our article on natural sunscreen ingredients lists botanicals that offer natural SPF properties.

So as you can see, there really is no end to what you can create with these bars, you can adapt the recipe to suit your preferences.

The really great thing is that lotion bars are fun and really so easy to make. Follow the link if you want some recipes to get you started.

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