How to Make Lotion Bar Sticks
What Are Lotion Bars?
Lotion bars are a very moisturizing body lotion in solid form. They look like a bar of soap but are used on dry skin. My original lotion bars recipe is one of my more popular recipes and I’ve shared several variations of the basic recipe:
An Easier Way:
The one complaint I’ve gotten about the lotion bars is that they can be hard to apply and store. After I started making my own deodorant in deodorant containers, I realized that those containers would work wonderfully for lotion bars and solve both problems.
Now, I make lotion bars in deodorant tubes to make them easier to store and use. They are also much easier to give as gifts this way and there are so many ways to customize them.
A Word On Ingredients:
I typically order most of my ingredients in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs and for this recipe, I order:
I order in at least 5 pound quantities which makes these ingredients much cheaper, but only about 4 ounces of each is needed for this recipe (I already have coconut oil in the house). If you don’t live close, MRH shipping can be expensive. I’ve found that there are now also good options on Amazon for the ingredients so for this recipe, I order:
- Unrefined Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
- Beeswax Pastilles
- 5-Pack plastic deodorant containers
- essential oils: I like Grapefruit and Basil
Whatever ingredients you choose, just make sure they are unrefined and organically sourced.
How to Make Lotion Bar Sticks:
Equipment and Tools:
- A double boiler or a glass mason jar sitting on a wash cloth in the bottom of a small saucepan
- a plastic or wooden spoon for mixing
- Plastic deodorant containers – You can reuse deodorant containers, but some of them are not solid on the bottom and it will leak through so check this before you start. I used these and they worked really well but if I’d seen them, I would have ordered these since they come with cute labels.
- Paper towels, old newspaper or rags that can be thrown away (to clean out pan/jar- see instructions below recipe)
- 1/3 cup Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter or Mango Butter (or a mix)
- 1/4 cup beeswax pastilles (measured dry)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil OR 1/4 cup liquid oil like olive, hazelnut or almond
- Essential oils of choice
Combine the butters, beeswax pastilles and coconut oil in the top of the double boiler or in a mason jar sitting on a wash cloth in a small saucepan.
Put about an inch of water in the bottom of the double boiler or in the saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer and stir the top mixture carefully until all ingredients have melted. NOTE: Be careful not to get any water in to the butters/oil mixture as it can ruin the bars.
Once all ingredients have melted, remove from heat and add essential oils.
Stir essential oils in and quickly and carefully pour in to the plastic deodorant molds. If possible, transfer to the refrigerator to harden or let sit on the counter for 4-6 hours or until completely cooled.
Do not put the pan or jar in the sink as is or attempt to wash as you would regular dishes. Wipe out the double boiler or pan as much as possible with paper towels, old newspaper or rags that can be thrown away and the wash in hot soapy water as soon as possible.
How to Use Lotion Bars:
Use lotion bars on dry skin only. They are not meant to be used in the bath or shower. Rub a thin layer over skin as often as needed.
These lotion bars are not sunscreen but they do have a natural SPF of about 5 and are great for mild sun exposure.
The tubes make this easy to apply to children or babies.
Don’t Want to Make Them?
If you want to use lotion bars but don’t have the time/ingredients to make them yourself, I found a great small business, Made On, that makes all kinds of lotion bars, soaps, natural baby products and hair products that are up to my standards. Their website is HardLotion.com (Note: Affiliate link… the price is discounted for you and I get a small commission to support my blog!)