Homemade Lotion Bars are a simple way to apply homemade lotion to your skin without the mess. This DIY Lotion Bar Recipe provides a thick and creamy lotion that is perfect for moisturizing dry skin.
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 and I suffer from asthma. 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 is ok but he seems to struggle with it badly every day.
We’ve tried every store-bought 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! Since I thought it looked a little better, we continued to use it and continued to see improvement. 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 now know what we can do to help his skin. I like that it’s a simple, natural recipe and I have all of the ingredients on hand. Here’s how you make a homemade lotion bar recipe for eczema or dry skin.
Lotion Bar Recipe
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
I’ve noticed that most homemade Lotion Bar recipes I’ve found are made 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 containers to make our lotion stick recipe instead of the traditional lotion bars. The container allows you to easily apply the lotion directly where needed without making a mess and getting lotion on your hands. (which is very helpful when applying on a squirmy toddler!) Plus, you can reuse them when they are empty so you don’t have to keep buying more.
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A good virgin coconut oil is key in this lotion because it has so many natural healing properties. Coconut Oil is known for its 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 can be a little more expensive than some, but I like the way that it is made.
How to Make Lotion Bars
Start by measuring out your ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat. Constantly stir the mixture.
Tip: Keep an old spatula and saucepan just for use on homemade/DIY products to prevent any leftover residue from ending up in your food. I have one that I reserve just for making things like this so our food doesn’t taste like soap.
Keep stirring until it’s fully melted and no pieces remain. Usually, it’s the shea butter that takes the longest to melt but it is important that you give it time to completely melt so your lotion bars come out nice and smooth.
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Pour the mixture into your soap molds or deodorant containers.
Tip: Before pouring your molds, lay down a piece of parchment paper for easy cleanup. I’m glad I did because I made a big mess with this batch!
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Let the lotion harden in the containers before you put the lids on them 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.
If you make a mess like I did, don’t throw it out! Just scrape up the pieces of lotion off of the parchment paper and save them in a baggie or unused jar. The next time you have an empty container, you can simply remelt your scrap pieces 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!
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Have you ever made homemade Lotion Bars or any kind of homemade lotion? Share your tips and tricks!
This post on Homemade Lotion Bars was originally published on Little House Living in November 2013. It has been updated as of September 2019.