DIY Lotion Bars
I rarely wear gloves while gardening for two reasons. First, it’s hard to pull some of the smaller weeds while wearing gloves. Second, I forget to put them on when I head out for a morning of weed pulling and do not feel like walking back to the house to get them.
So, I do get dry, rough patches on my hands for frequent washing and dirt digging. Hand lotions didn’t seem like it was doing the job of relieving the dryness of my hands. So, I searched for the right recipe to create my own lotion bars!
This is a really simple project that would make GREAT gifts for Mother’s Day or for any gardener. It moisturizers chapped, dry hands and is made from all natural ingredients. You can also use the lotion bar on you legs, feet, face, lips…anywhere! I made small “bars” for lip balm.
Beeswax– Use food/cosmetic grade. You can get 1 lb blocks of it at stores like Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s. I think they run about $14 or so. Make sure you download one of their 40% off coupons from their website! I got beeswax from Amazon for $11.99. It was already in pellets so I did not have to grate it!
Coconut Oil-You can find this in the baking section in your local grocery store. Try LouAna. At my local Kroger it runs for like $7 for a 30 oz tub. The store brand organic coconut oil is about $6 for a 14 oz jar. You can also find coconut oil in the gourmet food section in Marshalls and Home Goods.
Cocoa Butter-This is an optional ingredient. It’s hard to find in a local store. I had to order mine from Amazon. But it’s a decadent addition! (Coco butter smells like chocolate….YUM).
- Glass Bowl
- Wood Skewer (something to stir the melted oils with)
- Soap Mold, Silicone cupcake or mini tart pan, or metal cupcake pan.
Bring an few inches of water to boil in your pot. Place the glass bowl in the pot. You are creating a double boiler.