Quick and easy all-natural lotion bars that are perfect to gift and easy to make with organic, unrefined oils and butters.
These homemade lotion bars are simple to make, and make a great gift for someone special.
Just throw a few different ingredients together and pour into the heart mold (shown below). Allow to cool, then pop out of the mold and bag up with a beautiful ribbon to gift. They smell incredible!
These bars combine very simple ingredients along with essential oils for a moisturizing bar that’s perfect for skin.
Pick your favorite essential oil to add for scent – Lavender, Geranium or even Myrrh would be wonderful.
Once you melt the oil and butter, allow the mixture to cool for 4-5 minutes, then add your essential oils. We used about one drop of essential oil per cavity – so if you are making the full 24, use 24 drops (or less if you wish – it’s your choice!)
Pour the batter into your soap mold, and allow to sit for several hours – the lotion bars will harden on their own. Wrap up and gift, but just remember that they are lotion bars.
If you are in a hot weather climate (like Arizona..) I probably wouldn’t leave them in the car.
This recipe makes just 24 lotion bars.
All-Natural Homemade Lotion Bars
You’ll want to have these items on hand:
- 3.2 oz Sweet Almond Oil
- 2.4 oz White Beeswax
- 2.4 oz Mango Butter*
- Geranium or your choice of essential oil
- heart silicone mold
To make, just use a double broiler OR, glass Pyrex Measuring cup set inside a pan of water with 1-2″ of water on the stove, add your sweet almond oil and beeswax.
Turn on low heat and once it melts, add the mango butter. Once all items are melted, then take off the stove (carefully – it’s hot!) and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then add your essential oils.
Pour into a Silicone Heart Mold (affiliate).
Let them sit 4-5 hours on the counter – they will harden on their own.
Give them as gifts, and wrap them in a cute bag with ribbon. Remember that they are lotion bars – so they will gradually get soft when handled. That’s the intent! Here in Arizona you probably don’t want to leave them sitting in your purse in the car, or in the car at all.
Looking to substitute ingredients?
Don’t have mango butter? Feel free to substitute pastured tallow, cocoa butter or even unrefined shea butter.
Sweet almond oil is a very light, skin-loving oil. If you are substituting another oil, you might want to consider:
- sunflower seed oil
- apricot kernel oil
- jojoba oil
- avocado oil
- macadamia nut oil
- chia seed oil
While you can use coconut oil, the end result might be a lotion bar that’s a little more greasy than you’d like.
This same Wilton mold can be used to make All-Natural Sugar Scrub Bars, too!