This easy to make DIY Lotion Bar recipe is so lux, your skin will feel soft, smooth, and hydrated for hours!
Solid lotion bars look like a bar of soap, but they are actually made out of lotion ingredients. They will stay solid as long as they are kept at room temperature or cooler.
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How To Use Solid Lotion
Lotion bars are activated by body heat. To use a lotion bar, it will take a few seconds for it to warm up next to your skin. Once warm, the lotion bar will begin to melt. Gently glide the lotion bar across skin to apply lotion.
Common ingredients to make homemade lotion bars include beeswax and candelilla wax. Both of these ingredients are used to help keep the bars solid. Beeswax and candelilla wax both have benefits for your skin.
Learn about Candelilla Wax and its benefits below under the heading: Vegan Lotion Bar Ingredients.
Obviously, beeswax is made by honey bees! This is a common ingredient used in skin care products including lip balms and lotion bars. Beeswax has a lot of great skin benefits including locking in moisture, softening and soothing skin.
Vegan Lotion Bar Ingredients
The DIY Lotion Bar recipe below is made with vegan ingredients: Candelilla Wax, Almond Oil, and Mango Butter. For best results, use a kitchen scale to weigh these ingredients.
Candelilla wax is a vegan-friendly lotion bar ingredient. This wax comes from the leaves of a shrub. Skin benefits include soothing and softening skin.
Almond Oil has so many amazing skin benefits. In addition to moisturizing skin, almond oil has anti-aging effects! Almond Oil contains vitamins and antioxidants that skin needs.
Mango butter is amazing for dry, flaky skin. It softens skin, moisturizes and treat flakiness.
Optional: Use skin-safe fragrance oils or essential oils to add scent.
DIY Lotion Bar
Although it does cost money to buy the supplies and ingredients to make your own lotions bars, in the end you will end up saving money through DIY lotion bars.
Individual lotion bars are commonly sold for around $10 each, if not more. Note that vegan lotion bars are often $15-20 more!
If you’re like me and use lotion bars every day, it is definitely cheaper to make your own. Plus, you can pick the ingredients AND choose to add your favorite scent or use unscented lotion bars.
The lotion bar recipe as created below will make four 3.5 to 4 ounce solid bars. Of course, you can use silicone molds in other shapes and sizes to make lotion bars.
NOTE: If you do not have a silicone soap mold to make lotion bars, you can use a lined muffin tin! Follow the directions as written – be sure to use liners in the muffin cups.
Lotion bars make great travel size lotion perfect for carry-on travelers. I enjoy making my own mini lotion bars to take with me on trips. So much easier than carrying a big bottle of lotion!
Lotion Bar Tips
Be sure to store your lotion bars in a cool place so they stay solid. Room temperature or cooler works best. If lotion bars get too warm, they will melt into liquid.
Homemade lotion bars make a unique gift idea. Friends, moms, grandmothers, everyone loves to use these.
If you’re looking to make extra cash, lotion bars are an easy make and sell craft idea.
Try the recipe and directions below and let me know what you think in the comments.
In addition to the mango butter, almond oil, and candelilla wax ingredients, you will need a double boiler or slow cooker to melt the ingredients.
I use a 2.5 cup glass measuring cup with a pouring spout to melt my ingredients. The spout comes in handy when it is time to pour the melted ingredients into the silicone mold.
- 160 grams Mango Butter
- 50 grams Candelilla Wax
- 115 grams Almond Oil
- Optional 2-3 teaspoons Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil for scent
- Weigh all ingredients and put Candelilla Wax and Mango Butter into a heat safe container for melting. A glass measuring cup works great because it has a pouring spout.
- Use a double boiler with water simmering or a crock pot on low to medium heat to melt ingredients over a medium heat until completely melted, stirring occasionally. Note, it takes about 10 minutes for the candelilla wax to completely melt and another 10 minutes for mango butter to melt completely.
- Allow wax and mango butter to continue melting another 10 minutes to ensure small particles have completely melted. Liquid will be clear with no lumps. Stir mixture occasionally.
- Stir in the Almond Oil and heat another 1-2 minutes until ingredients are completely mixed together.
- Optional: Stir in fragrance oil and remove from heat.
- Pour melted ingredients into silcone mold. Put into freezer for about 20-30 minutes until the lotion is opaque (not see through.)
- Remove from freezer and allow lotion bars to sit in mold overnight. Once removed, they are ready to use.
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