Homemade Lotion Bars
In our home, eczema, allergies, and asthma are something we have to deal with on a day to day basis. We all suffer from food and environmental allergies. I suffer from asthma, and my son and I both get eczema. But little Farmer Boy definitely gets it worse than I do. As long as I'm eating right my skin will stay fine, but he seems to struggle with it badly every day. We've tried every store lotion that the doctors have recommended and even some prescription lotions that were so strong I didn't even want to touch them, but nothing worked for him. Finally one day I grabbed one of my homemade Lotion Bars and tried it on his skin. The next day it seemed like his skin actually had a little moisture in it and I thought it looked a little better so we continued to use it. Amazing! After going through months of trying everything we could, the answer was right there on my bathroom shelf!
While his eczema still isn't fully cleared up, we know what we can do to help his skin now and I like that I have all the ingredients on hand. Here's how you make our little homemade Lotion Bars.
Homemade Lotion Bars
What You Need:
- 1 cup Beeswax (Where to Buy)
- 3/4 cup Virgin Coconut Oil (Where to Buy)
- 3/4 cup Shea Butter (Where to Buy)
- Soap Mold or Deodorant Containers *See Below
Before we get started, make sure to learn about the best kinds of Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Coconut Oil you can purchase for projects like this. A good virgin coconut oil is key in this lotion because it has so many natural healing properties.
I've noticed with most homemade Lotion Bar recipes I've found, people make them with soap molds. There is nothing wrong with doing that if you prefer a bar style lotion, but I'm one of those weird people that does not like lotion on my hands. So when I found these empty deodorant containers on Amazon I thought I had hit the jackpot! We love using these instead of making the traditional lotion bars. No lotion on your hands and you can apply directly where needed, which is very helpful for a squirmy toddler too! Plus you can reuse these when they are empty so you don't have to keep buying more.
As I said above, make sure you have a good virgin coconut oil to use in this recipe. Coconut Oil is known for it's amazing antibacterial and healing properties, along with all of the natural vitamins and minerals it contains. All of the fatty acids it contains will also help with healing your skin, especially if you suffer from eczema like we do. I buy mine from Tropical Traditions, which I know is more expensive than some, but I like the way theirs is made.
What To Do:
Start by measuring out your ingredients into a saucepan over a medium heat. I have a special old saucepan and spatula that I reserve just for making things like this so our food doesn't taste like soap. Constantly stir the mixture.
Keep stirring until it's fully melted and no pieces remain. Usually it's the shea butter that takes the longest to melt.
Pour the mixture into your soap molds or deodorant containers. Before I did this I laid down a piece of parchment paper to make any messes an easy clean up. I'm really glad I did because I made a big mess with this batch!
Let the lotion harden in the containers before you put the lids on and clean up any dripped lotion on the sides. If you live in a warm area you may want to store these containers in the fridge, otherwise you can just keep them in a cool dark area. Homemade Lotion Bars will last for a very long time.
And if you make a mess like I did, don't throw it out! I scraped the pieces of lotion off the parchment paper and put them in a baggie. The next time I have an empty container I will just remelt these and fill it up. No waste!
You don't have to stop there! Here are some other great DIY Natural Homemade Body Products to try next! Of course, don't forget to check out the DIY and Make Your Own page here on Little House Living for even more projects!
Have you ever made homemade Lotion Bars or any kind of homemade lotion? Share your tips and tricks!
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