Homemade Lotion Bars

by Merissa on November 1, 2013

in Make Your Own

Homemade Lotion Bars - Little House Living


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 me and my son 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 use. 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:

homemade lotion bars

Before we get started...make sure to learn about the best kinds of BeeswaxShea 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.

homemade lotion bars

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 only of those weird people that does not like lotion on my hands. I when I found these empty deodorant containers on Amazon I thought I 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, 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.

homemade lotion bars

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 is know is more expensive than some, but I like the way theirs is made.

homemade lotion bars

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.

homemade lotion bars

Keep stirring until it's fully melted and no pieces remain. Usually it's the shea butter that takes the longest to melt.

homemade lotion bars

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!

homemade lotion bars

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.

homemade lotion bars

And if you make a mess like I did, don't throw it out! I took and 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!

Homemade Shaving Cream
Homemade Diaper Rash Cream
Homemade Zit Zapper
Homemade Lip Balm
Homemade Coconut Oil Lotion

Have you ever made homemade Lotion Bars or any kind of homemade lotion? Share your tips and tricks!

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1 Cynthia L November 1, 2013 at 7:16 am

What a great idea. I have never thought about making my own lotion, but I probably should. We have a lot of allergies in this house and I would be able to make sure there is nothing in the lotion that would bother anyone. Great idea with the deodorant containers.

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2 Adreanna Doizan November 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

Thanks for the recipe! My husband also has eczema. I checked your link for the shea butter, but is there a particular seller you used? I would like to order it in the pellet form like in your picture…

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3 Merissa November 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I’ve ordered a couple different kinds from different sellers on Amazon and they’ve all worked well for me. I usually go with the ones with a bunch of reviews though to be safe.

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4 Adreanna Doizan November 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

Okay, now I realize that the pellets are beeswax! Lol, I still have the seller question.
Thanks again.

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5 Tracy November 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

Thanks for sharing the recipe and the links for the empty containers. I’ve used just coconut oil but it is nice to see how to make a real lotion. And I agree, I don’t like having lotion on my fingers so I’m really happy to see the containers.

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6 Merissa November 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I’m glad I”m not the only one that feels that way!

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7 Tejas Prairie Hen November 1, 2013 at 11:20 am

This sounds like a great combo of ingredients, but I have never heard of a lotion “bar.” It almost sounds like it would be painfully hard on sensitive skin as you rub it with the hard surface. So it’s a bit soft like solid deoderant? What is the advantage to a bar over a more liquid lotion? Could you use it like a bar of soap with water? Thanks!

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8 Merissa November 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

You use this as you would if you were to take a stick of deodorant and rub it over dry areas. It’s not a hard bar like soap but very soft (so that’s why you need to keep it in the fridge if you live in a really warm area, it will melt!) It kind of melts onto your skin.

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9 Lisa November 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Is there a was to add different natural scents to this?

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10 Merissa November 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

You would just add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture after it has melted. Just make sure any scents you want to use are “skin friendly” ie: no citrus, ect.

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11 Jenny November 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I love lotion bars. Have made them for a couple of years and they work great for dry cracked feet. I will have to look into the deodorant containers. That really sounds convenient. Thanks for all your tips and recipes. Love your blog.

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12 Elise November 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Love this! I’ve always wanted to make my own lotion. This lotion bar looks so easy, I think I finally have the courage to go ahead and try it.

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13 Robin November 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

This looks like a really great recipe! I was wondering. Do you have a recipe that would be good for dry scalp? My scalp is always itchy and flaky. It doesn’t matter if I use regular shampoo or dandruff shampoo and sometimes I’ll put conditioner right on my scalp. It’s always itchy! Do you think a recipe like this would be good for my scalp?

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14 Merissa November 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I don’t have a recipe for that yet but I really need to work on it, mine gets so dry in the winter too.

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15 Missy November 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

Try warm olive oil. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse . Me and my daughters have very long hair and we get irritated scalp and this helps us

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16 mari moody November 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

You can use the virgin coconut oil.
Do a google search for coconut oil uses… and you will find that this is certainly a hidden treasure trove of amazing uses for medical conditions.

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17 Carla November 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I love that these use all natural ingredients. Perfect for those with sensitive skin. You could add essential oils for scent, and for their healing properties. One I would seriously consider for someone with eczema is Rose. It only takes a few drops per jar or roller bottle is all you need. Wonderful for rosacea and uneven skin tone! Rose is antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, soothing, hydrating, with emotional balancing properties. Rose is precious!

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18 Pat November 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm

These would make wonderful gifts. If I were to use the deodorant containers, how many does your recipe make?

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19 Merissa November 2, 2013 at 7:23 am

It should fill up 6 deodorant containers.

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20 Heidi November 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Do you know of an alternative to the beeswax? I am, strangely, allergic to it.

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21 Merissa November 2, 2013 at 7:23 am

I’m not sure about oa sub for this recipe since beeswax helps make it hard enough to be in a “bar or stick” shape.

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22 Susie December 31, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I missed this post the first read through and posted the same question, then found us an answer. http://www.ehow.com/list_5901420_beeswax-substitutes.html

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23 serena November 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I have fought skin issues since I was little and a little over six months ago I completely stopped using lotions and just use straight coconut oil. My skin has healed up completely and I only have to use it once ever one to two weeks to keep it that way! I love coconut oil!

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24 Brenda November 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I have never used lotion bars they sound great. I am thinking they would be good as Christmas presents. Can you please let me know approximately how much liquid the recipe will make? If I get soap molds or use the deodorant containers I am wondering how many I will need? Thank you for your help.

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25 Merissa November 2, 2013 at 7:22 am

This recipe filled a little more than 5 empty deodorant containers, I had a little extra that I put in another small container too so I’m sure it would actually fill 6 containers.

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26 Michelle November 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Thia is excellent. I dropped out of surgical tech school because of alegies. The Dr’s thought it was the strong soap….not sor. It was the lotions I used and the lotions and creams they were prescribing. I am allergic to the parabens. So basically what they were prescribing was causing my hands to peel, swell up, crack and bleed. It took months to heal. I made my own cream out of Crisco, Aloe and shae butter….This sounds GREAT.

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27 Andrea November 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I am so excited to try this! We have super dry skin, and we live in the desert… so I am constantly looking for safe homemade lotions. The deodorant container is a great idea!

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28 Michelle November 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm

sorry..typos…no glasses typing on phone…bad idea

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29 Gail November 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Hello Merissa,
I am slowly moving over to all natural skincare and I’m enjoying the process. I really appreciate that you have taken the time to write this out for us on your blog. When we were your age we moved into a farm house that was very old and no one had lived in it for the previous 5 years. We loved it because we could truly say that it was ours. It will be lovely to work together as a family build it into your own little dream home. I will look on from the other side of the world as you tell us of you adventures through this blog and will be wishing all the the very best.
Blessings Gail

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30 Jennifer November 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

Interesting thought only because I struggled with excema for a LONG time.. I’m allergic to all dairy products… as soon as I quit drinking store-bought dairy products, my excema went away. Great idea for homemade lotion. Any homemade hair products you’ve used?

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31 Penny November 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I’ve ordered the deodorant forms, but couldn’t wait. So I used the recipe with little jars; it seemed to come out too beeswax-y and not emollient enough. I’m at a high altitude, could this be the problem? Either way, I just remelted and added more coconut oil, plus small amount of organic sweet almond oil. Its cooling now. Fingers crossed!

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32 Merissa November 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I added the extra beeswax in this recipe specially for the deodorant forms or soap forms because it makes it a little more firm. If you wanted it to be more like a regular hand lotion it should work to add a little more coconut oil and a little less beeswax.

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33 Penny November 4, 2013 at 4:39 am

Well, the result is in! After adding more coconut oil and the almond oil, it has the texture of a salve. It is working serious magic on my chapped hands and rough cuticles, and is going into a care package to my son with eczema who’s on military deployment in the Sea of Japan. I think will go in my gift baskets for Christmas, as well; maybe with a little essential oil, and when the deodorant forms come I’ll dial up the beeswax again. This is a great recipe!

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34 Merissa November 4, 2013 at 5:52 am

Awesome! I’m so glad it worked and thanks for coming back to share!

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35 Kristi November 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm

They look like they cooled too quickly and sunk in the middle. You can prevent or lessen this in the future by bunching them all together and putting a rolled up towel around the bunch. I’d likely put a tea towel over the top if I could keep it out of the product. I do this with my beeswax candles to keep them from sinking. Best wishes.

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36 Kora B November 3, 2013 at 7:23 am

I will definitely try this. I usually use a simple scrub of sugar and olive oil (which works miracles) but it leaves the shower slick. Wash up as normal, then scoop out of a jar and scrub on, rinse off. It feels amazing scratching the itch but is a bit hazardous from a slippery floor! I’ll have to give this a try this winter, especially with a toddler boy! :) thanks for sharing!

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37 Naomi November 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Great idea for the dry winter months! Any idea about how much these cost to make per stick? Thanks!

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38 Merissa November 4, 2013 at 5:54 am

Probably around $1 to $2 per stick, not including the container.

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39 Laura Bruland November 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

We have used just beeswax, virgin coconut oil and a little olive oil for years now. Works great!

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40 Hipockets November 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Wondering if you can subsitute another oil for the Coconut???I have many
problems with coconut,so would’nt want to make this and end up undoing
any good it would do’ Thanks for a Great site’

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41 Amy November 4, 2013 at 12:03 am

I am wondering if there is a substitute for coconut oil. My husband is allergic to coconut. We try not to buy products that have the oil or other forms of coconut in them.

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42 Teresa November 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

Hi…. my daughter and I do an annual thing for Christmas… we make twenty gifts for $100 or less….this is what we have chosen to do this year (Thank you)! I will be ordering all of my ingredients and containers from Amazon! My question is this…. can you tell me how much product of each ingredient I would need to make 25 (gotta make enough for us too :-)) containers? You can email me if you’d like…. or post here… Thank you so much for what you do! :-)

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43 Merissa November 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

This recipe makes enough to make 6 containers and it barely made a dent in my supplies. You may be able to get away with one package of each thing (maybe 2 packages of shea butter if you get the 8 oz).

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44 Anony November 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Oh man. I thought I was the only one who don’t like getting lotion on my hands. I know I have to do this to apply my lotion but afterwards when I need to put my hands on something that greasy feel getting on things.. I am trying this recipe right now. I reduce the amount of beeswax, shea butter, & olive oil b/c I only have 5 deodorant containers and this recipe calls for 6 containers. I put 1/4 of each ingredient(4tbsps) in a styrofoam bowl and into my microwave. I don’t have anything I can melt this in that I don’t want to clean so I chose the styrofoam bowl and neatly poured it in my containers. It makes 1.5 bottles. So when it cools I’ll be ready to use it. Will recap on how it turned out for me.

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45 Merissa November 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I’m looking forward to hearing how you like it. I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t like lotion on my hands!

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46 Melissa M. December 6, 2013 at 8:29 am

Any other ingrediant I could use besides shea butter? My son is allergic to nuts so that wouldn’t work. But also has skin issues and he might actually use this.

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47 Merissa December 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

You could try cocoa butter, I think it just might work in this recipe :)

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48 Belinda March 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I’ve made a similar recipe using equal parts beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa butter, with some Vitamin E oil and other essential oils for scent (Lavender, vanilla,etc). I was very happy with the results, as were the people who got some as gifts. I purchased a pack of little plastic hearts at Dollar Tree and used a mini cupcake liner inside…used about 2 tablespoons per “bar”.

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49 Sandy December 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I made a batch of these today. They are heavenly!

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50 Merissa December 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I’m so glad you like them!

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51 Susie December 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I am pretty new to all this and allergic to natural bee’s wax. What would you suggest as an alternative?
Thank you!

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52 penny January 2, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Hi! I was wondering how many containers you did fill with this recipe? :)

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53 Merissa January 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I filled 5 containers and had some left over that I put in a container to remelt for next time :)

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54 Michelle Cusick January 10, 2014 at 8:17 am

I made these bars and gave two away as Christmas presents. WOW….whadda big hit they were. I added orange and clove oil for a wintery smell. Next time i make some i’m going to use some lime and maybe a little vanilla or maybe some mint added and i want one with grapefruit oil. I use this bar on my body, hands, face. I love it. I had a big scratch on my leg and the lotion bar was very soothing.

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55 Jennifer Howard January 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I had a couple questions for you. Is the pellets or shaved beeswax better, is there a difference? And does it matter bleached or unbleached? For the Shea butter does it make a difference if you used the raw unrefined or not? My sister is a med aide and allergic to the latex gloves they have at her job. I wanted to make her some of this to put on her hands. She comes home with them all raw and cracking/bleeding from the latex. The company has non-latex gloves on order but she needs some relief in the meantime.

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56 Merissa January 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Pellets and shaved would work the same. You will want unbleached since the bleached version is processed with chemicals, same for the shea butter…unrefined will be better :)

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57 Jennifer Howard January 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Thanks so much :)

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58 Sarah January 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

You say you and your son suffer from eczema. My daughter does as well. We had her on medication prescribed by a dermatologist, but it wasn’t really fixing the issue, just helping the effects of it. I started researching it eczema and it’s causes, and if there was a home remedy for it. I came across an Apple cider vinegar cure.
My daughter started taking it and within less than an hour the itchyness stopped.
It is worth a try! My daughter has been taking it for sometime now and hers hasn’t come back.
Recipe is 2 Tbsp a/c vinegar
1/4 tsp baking soda
Give it a mix and wait for the fizzing to stop and then drink it down.
I had to have a strong fruit juce to follow as my daughter didn’t like the taste.
Maybe it will work for you :)

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59 Merissa January 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Interesting, thanks for sharing!

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60 Sherry January 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

Do you have any recommendations to use in place of coconut oil? My daughter’s allergic to it. Thank you.

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61 Merissa January 24, 2014 at 11:57 am

I haven’t used anything yet besides coconut oil but you may have luck with jojoba or almond oil.

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62 Melinda January 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I’m trying to decide which brand of beeswax to buy and a lot of the reviews have complaints about a bad smell. Can you tell me which brand you bought and if you had any problems with smell?

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63 Merissa January 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I noticed that too on the comments, it looks like the last one I bought isn’t available now…but I think many people are under the impression that beeswax should smell like honey and it doesn’t, it’s got it’s own distinct scent. THIS kind looks like the more recent reviews are pretty good.

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64 duane February 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

When making lotion bars how do you fill the deodorant tubes . What stops the hot mix from running out the bottom ???
thanks

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65 Merissa February 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

There is a push up plastic section in the middle of the deodorant tubes that keeps everything in. I simply pour the mixture straight from the pan.

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66 Kathrine Mizell February 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe. We have very hard water here and I made my first batch of lotion this evening and it turned out wonderful. We have tried many different store bought brand to help with the drying out of our skin but nothing seem to help until I tried your recipe. I was such a relief for my hands not to burn when I was washing the dishes tonight. Thank you so much for the great blessing that you have provided for my family. May God Bless

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67 Diana February 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm

I am new to this amazing website and I love it thus far. Can’t wait to get your newsletter. Can you please tell me where to find the jars for the Vanilla Lip Balm. Thank you so very much! :)

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68 Merissa February 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm

I purchased them off Amazon, they have a decent selection if you search lip balm containers.

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69 Beth March 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

I found your page through Pinterest and just wanted to say thank you for sharing this recipe! I mixed up a mini-batch (one container’s worth) of this lotion bar and I’m obsessed with it now! Putting it in the deodorant dispenser is pure genius! I used it right out of the shower and loved how I could fully moisturize and didn’t have greasy hands at the end of it all. I’ve been using different oils to moisturize for the last few years, but always had to be careful touching my hair or putting my contacts in, so your bar is just so awesome! My 4yo loved it too because he could do it all by himself and I didn’t have to worry about a mess. I even put it on my face before bed.

My beeswax is in bar form, so it took a bit of googling to find what the pellet equivalent would be, but I found that 1lb of pellets is roughly 4 cups, so that would mean 1 cup is 1/4lb. Just thought I’d throw that out there in case there are others using bars instead of pellets. =)

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70 Dia April 2, 2014 at 4:07 am

I use a similar recipe for body butter. I add almond oil & castor oil about 1tbl each to the batch. I let it cool until I canot see the bottom of the pan. Then I whip the mixture with electric whisk. I place the buttery mixture into glass jars. Wonderful for dry cracked skin any where on the body.

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71 Christina April 14, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Do you have to use the Virgin Coconut Oil, I ask this question as I currently have the regular Coconut Oil for making my hot process soap.

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72 Merissa April 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm

You can use either coconut oil in this recipe. The only reason I used extra virgin is because it is less processed than the expeller pressed version so it helps skin with extra dryness and eczema.

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73 Christina April 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Thanks for getting back to me, I will be making these lotion bars for our 22nd annual Mother’s Day Brunch!!! What essential oils do you suggest for the lotion?

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74 Christina April 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Would using fragrance oils also work with this product? I think I read in a earlier comment that using citrus oils is not good to use for the lotion bars, if so what oils/fragrances do you suggest to use.

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