I have been using more and more essential oil and have found that putting them into my lotion bars is one of the best ways to use them. I really like the first lotion bar I made but wanted to try other recipes to compare. This recipe (at Every Day Paleo) also shows you how to make this bar into a deodorant, sunscreen, or even a bug repellent.
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter or half Shea and half Cocoa butter or you can use other butters.
- 2/3 cup Beeswax Pastilles or grated beeswax
- Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- Optional: Essential Oils for scent
Place all ingredients, except vitamin E oil and essential oils, in a glass bowl or empty glass jar (canning jars work great for this). Place the container in a pan and fill with about 2″ of water. Heat on medium low until all ingredients are melted. I use a old chop stick or a wood skewer to stir. Remove and add Vitamin E oil and essential oils. Pour into molds. I have used individual silicone muffin cups and silicone molds. Let set for several hours or over night and then remove from molds. I usually place mine in the fridge to set faster.
I used the Vitamin E oil and Shea butter. You could use 1/4 cup Shea Butter and 1/4 Cup of Cocoa Butter.
NOTE: It is best to use items that won’t be used again for food as getting the lotion out is a bit tricky.
These bars are soft so I keep them in my fridge. When I want to use them I place them in a container (these are the jars I use and I can fit 2 bars in them). I like to make several different kinds for different uses. I keep one by my bedside with a stress relief essential oil or lavender. I rub this on my feet before going to sleep. For my hands and feet during the day I like to use frankincense essential oil. For outside I will use peppermint essential oil as bugs tend to shy away from it.