DIY Lotion Bars made with coconut oil are a fun beauty product to make at home. It was SO EASY and fast – I was done with the “making and mixing” part within half an hour. Lotion bars need to set and harden up a bit before use, which takes a few hours. My skin loves the softening effects of this coconut oil and cocoa butter blend. If you prefer shea butter to cocoa butter, simply substitute the same amount in the recipe.
The basic recipe for lotion bars can also be used as a lip balm. DIY Lip Balm has also been on my To Do List for awhile, I bought empty lip balm tubes months ago. If you don’t have empty lip balm tubes, try to find some other small container with a lid. An empty Altoids tin would work.
Lotion bars will need to be made in a mold. I have a flower-shaped silicone mold. The shape doesn’t really matter, but using a silicone mold made it really easy for me to pop the lotion bars out once they were ready. The flower shape is actually really cute and would be perfect for homemade gifts. Lotion bars could also be given as baby shower or bridal party favors. They would look really cute wrapped in cellophane tied with a ribbon.
There are just 3 ingredients in the basic lotion bar recipe: Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter (or Shea Butter) and Beeswax beads. I used Beeswax beads because the tiny pieces melt really quickly and they help the bars stay together when they are done. Coconut oil by itself tends to melt really easily and you’d end up with liquid lotion instead of a bar.
You can make a big batch or a small batch of lotion bars. The key is to use equal parts of each ingredient. Click to download a printable version of DIY Lotion Bars and Lip Balm recipe.
DIY Basic Lotion Bars Recipe
Makes about 3 muffin-sized lotion bars, depending on the size of your silicone mold. You could make smaller ones by using hearts, stars and shells silicone molds.
- 1 cup Beeswax beads
- 1 cup Raw Cocoa Butter (you can also use unrefined Shea Butter)
- 1 cup Coconut Oil
- Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and slowly melt on low heat, stirring constantly.
- Once ingredients are completely melted, remove from heat and pour into silicone molds.
- Bars will harden as they cool. Allow them to set at least 3-4 hours before removing from mold. Cool in the refrigerator for faster results.
If you want to experiment and make Oatmeal Lotion Bars or Lavender Lotion Bars, here is what I did:
Optional: Before pouring into molds, stir in half a cup of oatmeal flour (or more if desired).
Optional: Before pouring into molds, stir in 20-30 drops of Lavender essential oil.
Oatmeal soothes dry, itchy skin. I put about a cup of oats into my food processor and ground it up into a fine powder. The cool thing about Oatmeal Lotion Bars is that the heavier particles end up settling on the bottom of the bar. The lotion bar looks two-toned and the oatmeal side of the bar can be used to gently exfoliate.
Make Lavender Lotion bars using the basic recipe plus Lavender Essential Oil. Lavender is great for dry, chapped skin and I love the scent. You could also substitute your favorite skin-friendly essential oils. I love to use citrusy scents like Orange and Grapefruit.
To Use a Lotion Bar: Simply swipe the lotion bar across skin. You will probably need to let the body heat from your hands warm the lotion bar up a bit so that it will soften before application. Apply after showering or any time of day.
DIY Lip Balm uses the exact same recipe as the DIY Lotion Bars. The only difference is that you’ll want to put it into an empty lip balm container or something similar so you can carry it with you. A pipette makes it a lot easier to fill lip balm containers. I have found all of these supplies online at Amazon.
Do you like to make your own beauty products? Stay tuned because I am experimenting with the basic lotion recipe and essential oils to make an all-natural insect repellent DIY lotion bars. I hope to have it ready in time to shoo away mosquitoes this summer!
You may even want to check out my 3-ingredient homemade deodorant recipe. I’ve been making it the same simple way for 2 years now and still love it.