Super Easy Hard Lotion Bar Recipe

Dry skin?  Try these super easy hard lotion bars made with just 3 ingredients.

These have been wonderful for my winter dry skin.  I used to coat my hands at night with petroleum jelly (before I knew what was in it), because it was the only thing that helped with the dryness.  Normal lotion didn’t help much at all, plus I don’t like the fragrance of most lotions, and many have questionable ingredients.  Since I do a lot of dishes and wash my hands frequently, these bars have been a godsend.  No more dry skin for me!  My only regret is that I didn’t try them sooner, since they are so easy to make.  The smell is light and pleasant, and they absorb fairly quickly.

Most homemade lotion recipes involve quite a few ingredients, blenders and more mess than I’d prefer to clean up.  In contrast, all you need for these these bars is three ingredients, one pot, and molds – that’s it!

I used a recipe from Jo’s Health Corner, a site that I highly recommend.  Jo has tons of neat ideas for natural health products.

Hard Lotion Bar Recipe


Use 1 part each, by weight

Melt all ingredients together, pour in molds.  Let set until hard, unmold, and you’re done!

I used plantain infused olive oil, almond oil would probably work nicely as well.  I made one batch with cocoa butter and one with shea butter, just to compare.  For the wax, I originally used granules from Frontier, but will probably switch to some sort of unrefined beeswax in the future because it is more therapeutic.

bcart Update: Mountain Rose Herbs sells unrefined beeswax tabs for those who need it.  I was able to purchase a five pound block of beeswax from a local apiary and have been using that.

Here’s a shot of all the ingredients as they begin to melt.  In this batch, I used two ounces by weight or volume of each ingredient.  I weighed the wax and cocoa butter, and used a liquid measure for the oil.

Dry skin?  Try these super easy hard lotion bars made with just 3 ingredients.

When everything has melted completely, pour the liquid into molds of your choice. I had molds available that I used for melt and pour soap making. You could also use muffin tins or some other small container. 12 ounces of product would fill one of the rectangular bar molds, making six bars.

Dry skin?  Try these super easy hard lotion bars made with just 3 ingredients.

After several hours, the lotion will be firm and hard and should release easily from the mold.

Dry skin?  Try these super easy hard lotion bars made with just 3 ingredients.

My mold set has a lot of fun shapes.  I’m rather fond of the basic oval bars or rectangular bars, but the boys like the stars and moons better.  I bought these years ago at a local craft store, but there are some super cute molds available now like this fish, frog and turtle mold.

hard lotion bars

Shea Butter Lotion Bars

Both the shea butter and cocoa butter work well for moisturizing.  I find the shea butter bars to be a little tackier and take longer to absorb into the skin.  They also smell a bit “planty”, not bad, just not as good (to me) as the cocoa butter.

Dry skin?  Try these super easy hard lotion bars made with just 3 ingredients.

The cocoa butter bars smell good enough to eat!  My younger son loved the smell so much I caught him rubbing the bar all over himself after he got out of the shower – even in his armpits.  I had been using the bars as a lip balm, too…oops…  The next time I made a batch, I poured some into smaller containers to use as lip balm, and made my son his own special bar.

If you make several bars and don’t use them right away, keep the extra bars in a sealed container or bag.  This will help preserve the lovely chocolate smell or any essential oils you may choose to add.

Another option is to pour the “bars” into a salve tin with a lid. You can also use a rectangular bar mold to create a bar that will fit into an Altoid type tin. The tins are also available in sets of 4 with clear lids.  I prefer to pour the bars separately and store them in the tin.  It’s easier to apply the hard lotion if you can hold the bar in your hand.  If you use the rectangular bar mold, fill the cavities to about 1/8 inch below the top edge.  That way they will fit in the altoids style tin and the lid will close snugly.

My friend, Casey, made up some simple printable labels and saved them in pdf format for printing, to fit on the Altoid sized tins.

Hard Lotion Bar Labels - Three ingredient hard lotion bar recipe. Melt and pour lotion bars. DIY healing for any dry skin. Easy, gentle, non-toxic, all natural.

Click on image above to access pdf file for easy printing.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.  This one’s a keeper in our house!  Please pass the post along if you find it helpful, and leave a comment if you have any questions or ideas.

Update: – You can find these ingredients (and containers and molds) at Mountain Rose Herbs, (linked within the post),, and many other sites around the web.  I do have affiliate accounts with Mountain Rose, Amazon and MadeOn, so I get a small payment if you purchase through my site.  (Thank you!)  Keep in mind that two ounces of each ingredient made three bars, so a bulk purchase would make a LOT of bars.

Want to “cheat” a little and have someone else make the bars for you?  Check out MadeOn Hard Lotion Bars.  They also have complete DIY kits for making lotion and lip balm, which includes a copy of the “My Buttered Life” e-book with five skin care recipes.

Made On Hard Lotion Bars


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  1. kathy says

    These are so pretty! Now where would I purchase something like this? Locally- if so what type of store or On-Line?

    • Carol says

      I buy all my ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs. They are local for me, and they are WONDERFUL people! Their products are well priced, and they tell you where they come from, how they are processed and other information that may be useful. They have great essential oils and herbs in many sizes. You get a bulk discount if you order 5 # of herbs….any combination in 1# lots.
      Great company (no, Iā€™m NOT affiliated with them, but they know me well!)

  2. says

    I’m interested, Laurie! I’d love you point in the right direction as to which butters are best to buy and where. :)
    Loved the armpit – lip balm. Totally something that would happen at my house.

  3. says

    Thanks everyone for your comments, and thank you for letting me know the links aren’t working. I’ve added some additional links at the bottom of the post to ingredient sources.

  4. says

    Oh wow, this looks GREAt…and definitely easy enough for me to make at home!!!! Thanks for the easy project recipe!!!! I’ll write this on my list of stuff to do this month…err,…this month in February :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  5. Carolyn says

    Made a bar today and I love it! I used beeswax from my farmers market, sweet almond oil, and drugstore cocoa butter. Thanks for sharing this great tip for my super-dry winter hands. :)

  6. Deborah says

    I have a one ingredient solid lotion recipe I keep in the fridge in a mason jar. Grassfed beef tallow! It smells a little meaty when you first put it on, but it soaks right in and soothes my hands like nothing else in the world. I rendered it myself from fat I bought from a local rancher who I trust. Seriously, I don’t think you could beat it with anything.

  7. says

    Heather – quickest lotion ever – except maybe Deborah’s beef tallow.

    Carolyn – I keep a bar on my desk and a bar on my nightstand. Love it!

    Jo – these are great! Have you made them with coconut oil?

    Deborah – I remember how soft my hands were after we rendered tallow, but I admit, I’m a sucker for the chocolate smell of the cocoa butter. :-)

  8. says

    This would be easy to make as I have all the ingredients. We have bees, partner likes to make chocolates, and we have olive oil from the farmers’ market. Thanks!

  9. Michelle @ Changed By The Maker says

    I’m going to pin this recipe. Looks so easy! I suppose I have to devote a pan to this process?? I like the clean look of your blog too. THANKS!

    • says

      Michelle – as long as you’re using everything edible (well, you could eat the wax, but it wouldn’t be tasty), I don’t see a reason why you couldn’t use a regular kitchen pot. If you start adding essential oils they might leave an “off” flavor, but with stainless steel pots and therapeutic grade oils, even that should be okay. My goal is to get everything I put on my skin to be safe enough to eat. :-)

      Thanks for the kind words about the blog. I’m still learning WordPress, so it’ll keep changing slowly, but I want to keep it easy to use.

    • Edie says

      I use the large mason jar they sell at Michaels and set it in a pan of water(double boiler fashion) . When finished just wipe it out and put the lid on.

  10. MontanaMommy says

    I love this recipe and I love affiliate programs if I am going to buy something why not help out another in the process. That said I do not see the links for MountainRoseHerbs

  11. Sarah says

    I’m sorry, I guess I don’t understand fully what the lotion bars are for. Do you put it on your wet skin? I’ve never heard of this before! Thanks for any answers!

    • says

      No problem, Sarah. You use them like you would a normal lotion or cream for dry skin. While the bars are firm at normal room temps (for most people – low to mid 70’s or cooler), they soften at body temperature. To use a lotion bar, you simply rub it over the area of dry skin you want to apply it to, or rub the bar with your hands to coat your hands, and then use your hands to apply to the desired area. The warmth of your body softens the bar. The natural oils absorb within minutes, leaving the skin soft and supple, and the wax protects the skin and firms up the bar. Good quality ingredients also nourish the skin and promote healing, as opposed to many synthetic formulas that clog the pores and/or make your skin more dependent on the product. One of my goals this year is to try and keep everything I put on my skin safe enough to eat, as the skin is very absorbent (think trans-dermal medications).

      • Sarah says

        Thank you for your answers! I completely agree about the funny ingredients in lotions. I have been looking into things I can make myself so I’m not spending a fortune! Much of what I have found comes from the kitchen. Sunflower and coconut oil etc. I have enough skin issues especially in the winter without adding alcohol type ingredients. Some of them are preservatives so it doesn’t go bad but they make dryness and irritation worse. I am probably preaching to the choir on this!

        • says

          lol – maybe we can sing in the choir together. šŸ˜‰

          I’ve been using coconut oil to clean my face, and it’s smoother and softer than it has been in years. So nice to find simple solutions. :-)

    • Deb says

      Hi Carol, you can purchase a lot of different types of molds at, and you can google Soap molds and find many types of stores that well them on the web.

      Hope that helps!

  12. T says

    Hi there,

    I really want to try these. Do these require the use of a double boiler pan as I have seen in other recipes for hard lotion bars?

  13. Wren says

    I am totally going to try this, but I need to buy some cocoa or shea butter first. :) I imagine it might be similar to what I do when my skin gets super industrial dried out – I have a tin of burt’s bees lip balm and instead of putting it on my lips, I put it on my hands. It feels great!

  14. says

    I had to tell you that I made these and they are *awesome*. My son developed a really strange rash-like dry scaly skin on his hands. It turned out to be a virus so it had to run its course but these lotion bars helped relieve the burning and itching he was experiencing. Thank you for that.

  15. Dee says

    Both shea and cocoa butter will block my pores. Is there a non-comedogenic version of this?? Thanks!!

    • says

      You really need some sort of fat that is solid at room temp to make the bars hard. Plain coconut oil will work as a moisturizer, and I do use that over larger areas that are less dry.

    • Carol says

      I use cold-pressed coconut oil directly on my face after washing it. It has antibacterial properties and it never clogs my pores. I use Made-On hard lotion on my hands, elbows, feet, etc. Just like the recipe above.

  16. Anna T says

    I recently bought lotion bars while traveling and love them they are made by Habersham Candle Company. The oil in these is soy bean. They don’t sell directly to the public so I will have to find another retail location or learn how to make my own. A couple of guys my husband works with are bee keepers and supply me with the most wonderful raw honey. My husband is considering joining them. I wonder if I could get some wax from them and what I would have to do to “clean” it?

  17. Nata says

    I just came across your blog and this wonderful idea of making your own lotion bars. I made the recipe and used the bar last night. While I liked the way my skin felt, by the morning it was smelling of rancid oil. I used extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, coconut butter and beeswax, and I did heat the mixture very gently in a double boiler. What went wrong? Thank you. Nata

  18. Jenn says

    I made this today, thank you for the easy to follow instructions. I did a very small batch to test it out and it came out great! Cannot wait to make it again, what a great idea for gifts.

  19. zeliasgrand says

    Can these be tinted? I do melt and pour soap crafting and am making soaps for favors for a baby shower. I would like to make these lotion bars as part of the favors but would like to tint them to “match” the soaps. Could I do that or would that leave a residue of color on the user? Let me know what you think, please, or if anyone else has tried it, how did it work out?

    • says

      zeliasgrand – Do you have time to do a small test batch? That would probably be the best way to tell if you get the effect you want. I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work and not tint as long as you didn’t use too much coloring.

  20. Sarah says

    This looks wonderful! I did want to mention.. there are tons of Etsy sellers selling raw beeswax that would be amazing for this project.. and much cheaper than the granules that Frontier sells!
    It’s always nice to buy from an individual :)

  21. Debbie Bailey says

    Hi, just wanted to say thankyou so much for this recipe. I used heart and straberry shaped ice cube trays and made them with sweet almond oil and the results are amazing. My husband has diabeties and gets really dry skin on his feet, we have tried all sorts, but by the end of the day his feet were dry and cracking, however your recipe keeps his feet fine all day. So no more worrying :) . thx again for sharing.

  22. Sindy says

    WOW! I’m excited to try this! I have eczema and it is on my legs and can get on my feet. I think this will work great! All natural! Love it!

  23. Monica says

    I have been using solid lotion bars for around six months now. I use bees wax (I’m very close to an amazing local bee supplier), coconut oil, grapeseed and apricot oils, vitamin E. (vit e is a mild preservative, too)
    I have chronic severe eczema….. And my dermatologist is stunned. Steroid creams, chemicals, oral meds…. All failed to heal my itchy, scaly, bumpy, flaky skin… I always itched. Now I’m growing healthy, pink, pretty skin! I just changed lotions from the expensive chemical laden stuff, to my kitchen magic bar :). And by adding less grapeseed oil, and a bit of castor oil, I made lip balm. LOVE it!
    I’m loving your blog! Thanks for posting such amazing things :)

    • says

      Thanks, Monica, for sharing your story. I’ll bet that part of the “magic” of the lotion bars is that the essential fatty acids in the good quality oils are absorbed by the skin, provided needed nutrients.

  24. maria says

    Hi Laurie. I was reading your blog and wondered if among your many wonderful interests you know about the importance of feeding our kids organic foods and what is going on with our food supply and Monsanto…they are genetically engineering our food and many people don’t know this! Just wondering if you are aware, it just seems like you would be, but just in case!

  25. Ginny says

    Hi! I’ve been making these bars from your recipe and love them! But last night I made a batch and they are too hard. Like too much beeswax but I made them the same way I always do and I measure very carefully. Has this ever happened to you? I’m not sure how to fix it except to fiddle with more oil.

  26. willowsprite says

    Just made these today, thanks for the recipe. I added some sweet orange essential oil and filled a few empty lip balm tubes. Works great in this chapping dry cold weather!

  27. danielle says

    Hello, I made these lotion bars for Christmas gifts. I used 1 part beeswax, 1 part 100% cacao butter, 1 part coconut oil. My bars are a tad bit sticky when first applied. They do soak in eventually but am wondering if I can do something to avoid the stickiness. Can I melt them down again? Also should I add more beeswax or oil? Or maybe butter? I want them close to perfect, please help? I have used them for only a day and can already feel a difference .I would hate for my family to not use them because there sticky. Cuz they will be missing out. Thanks .

    • says

      Renee from Made On Hard Lotion says “Greasy lotion bars have too much coconut oil and sticky bars have too much shea/cocao butter.” I’d try remelting with a little extra beeswax and/or oil.

  28. Alex says

    I’d like to make these for my sister, but she’s vegan and therefore won’t be able to use them because they contain beeswax. Is there any other ingredient I could use in place of beeswax that would work the same?

      • Sandy Arrowood says

        I have very sensitive skin and have found that formulas with soy or candelilla wax can rash me up. No one has mentioned jojoba or castor oil, which appear in some skin formulas. They both upset my stomach, even when not used in lip balm, I guess because these waxy oils persist and eventually get onto my lips. Maybe a test batch would be a good idea. Some people go vegan due to sensitivities.

        Regarding dry, chapped skin, I noticed that while my husband was an Ayurvedic massage technician, his car-repair rough hands were amazingly smooth and soft. Sesame oil was a common ingredient in the custom massage oil formulas he used. Sesame has particularly penetrating and moisturizing properties (among many other benefits), and is said to be able to penetrate the teeth and bones! It was the first oil recommended to me for oil pulling, and was very effective for that as well as for keeping my skin moist on frigid, dry winter days. Be warned that it is so penetrating that it is hard to wash out of clothing and towels! Also that it is very detoxifying for the skin, and should be used for body massage with the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner.

        I found an excellent hand cream that I use in deep winter to keep my fingertips from cracking and peeling. It has a little sesame oil in it, and I am pretty sure this is what in this formula is so protective. You might like to try a small amount of refined sesame in a cream or bar that you only apply at bedtime, Laurie. You can find cotton gloves at most pharmacies that will help the cream penetrate and keep it off your sheets and clothes. When I started using that cream, the dry, chapped hands cleared up.

        All this oil talk! My skin is much less dry these days, even though I live in a much colder region and am on my third decade of sub-zero winters. I do have a lot more nutritive oil in my diet, and a lot more milk fat from whole milk kefir, butter and cream. Yummy meals and yummy skin stuff is the way to go!

        Thanks for sharing so much of your good life!


        • says

          Thanks for sharing your experience, Sandy. You’re lucky to have a husband with such a wide range of skills.

          I may be mistaken, but I thought that sesame didn’t have quite the shelf life of olive oil or coconut oil. I do know that it is frequently recommended for oil pulling. I just find the flavor of coconut oil more pleasant. I do notice that when I have more healthy fats in my diet, my skins is better, but with my wonky thyroid I do have more dry skin issues.

  29. says

    Hi, Common Sense Idea!
    I have never been to your delightful and informative blog before! I am going to be bold here, but I would like to ask you to consider linking-up this post next Wednesday (the 9th), because I would like to feature this post. Also, my thinking is that a lot of what you write about is very helpful and would encourage my readers. I need to make these bars for the same reason you did and I will have it right in front of my face in the link-up :) Have a great New Year!!

  30. Catherine Rosenman says

    I made these today and I’m loving them! I added the scrapings from two vanilla beans to mine instead of the essential oils (local store had nothing but tea tree oil – pew) and they smelled fantastic! I’m a long-time eczema sufferer, too, and these really helped with the constant itching! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Barb says

    I pour my “lotion bars” into stick deodorant containers so it’s easier for me to rub on my feet and legs. I also make some and add vitamin E and arrowroot powder (I’m too sensitive to baking soda or I could use that) and use them for deodorant.

  32. sheri says

    Hi. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I would like to try to make this for Christmas gifts year. What do you store them in? Any packaging recommendations?

    • says

      You could wrap them individually in wax paper or plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon. I keep them in a closed container or plastic baggie until I am ready to use them to trap more of the scent.

    • says

      It would really vary dramatically based on the prices of individual ingredients and the size of the bars. I buy everything in bulk, so that keeps the price lower. They aren’t cheap, but they last a really long time. I’ll keep a single bar on my nightstand for several months.

  33. Stacie says

    I make solid lotion bars using only cocoa butter and shea butter. I use organic unrefined cocoa and shea butter. Since the cocoa butter is so hard, if I use it at a much higher rate than the shea butter, the bars stay hard and I’ve made a beautiful lotion bar using only 2 ingredients.

  34. Rhonda says

    I have seen beeswax in large bars, but the beeswax pellets are hard to find. Can I use the bar if I cut it up or grate it?

  35. donna says

    for those people who are living in Canada a great place to get molds is the bulk barn and if you have a michaels that is also a great place. if you like to shop second hand try getting them at goodwill or at value village!!! going to make these for gifts for my neighbors some day!!! thanks for sharing this!!!!

  36. Deb says

    I love to make these types of moisturizer bars. I use Coconut Oil (hard type) and I add essential oils to mine .. Vanilla, and Lavender EO’s mixed with Tea Tree EO (germ killing) added to the mixture before putting into the molds will actually make this an anti-biotic type moisturizing bar. My son works in a hospital and he keeps these bars in their employee rest room(s) and his co-workers swear by them. The beeswax actually keeps the moisturizing ingredients on your hands through at least 4-5 washings, which is why they are so liked, and working in a hospital setting, the anti-germ abilities are a huge hit!

  37. Irene says

    I’m wondering if Emu Oil would work in place of the olive oil. Have you had success adding essential oils and if so at what ratio? Thank you so much. I’m excited to make these!

  38. samantha fischer says

    I have a question about how to store these for daily use? I am giving them away as Christmas gifts and I like the oval shape but I don’t want to hand them a raw lotion bar. I can’t think of anything to store them in for people to keep in their purse. I don’t like the deodorant stick idea. And ideas?? Thanks.

  39. Mai-Anh says

    Awesome and easy recipe! I just went to an arts and crafts festival today and they were selling lotion bars with a variety of fragrance in them. I wanted to buy one but wasn’t sure if I want to spend that much money on one bar. Now I can make my own! Thank you for the quick and easy recipe! Happy holidays!

  40. says

    just made, had beeswax but was so hard to measure, I did by weight but liquid thinks weighs less, so not sure how these are going to come out. I used shea butter, beeswax and almond oil, someone told me oil clogs your pores. so im worried that I used too much or too little. very hard to cut 1 pound block of beeswax, any suggestions, waiting to cool to use my youngliving oils. Let me know if you have checked out our company and interested in purchasing them. thanks so much have a blessed day!

    • says

      When carving beeswax off the block, I use a large butcher knife and shave curls off the corner until I get enough. Quality oils should not clog pores. I use coconut oil to clean my face every night, and apply it as a moisturizer. If anything, my face is less prone to breakouts since I switched to oil cleansing.

      I have several friends who use Young Living oil and highly recommend them, and I am a doTERRA representative – just not an aggressive sales person. :-) I think Mountain Rose Herbs also sells good quality oils, and has no membership requirement to place an order, which is helpful for those just starting with EOs.

  41. Barbara says

    I got really excited when I found the lotion bar recipe and made them for Christmas gifts. I didn’t think about how to store them for daily use. I would love ideas. Thank you.

  42. Patti Coffill says

    Can I just regular olive oil that I use for cooking? Is there something special I should be using?
    Thank you! I can’t wait to try these!

    • says

      Yes, any good quality oil will do. I would personally prefer to use a brand that was completely olive based. Many grocery store “light olive oils” are actually olive oil blended with vegetable oils, typically soy, corn or canola, which are genetically modified more often than not. Using a liquid oil like olive or almond will yield a softer bar, using coconut oil will yield a firmer bar.

  43. Heather says

    I love the altoids tin idea! Brilliant! And what a compact way to keep it in your purse (when it’s not summertime! LOL) :) Thanks for posting!

  44. June Rousey says

    Thanks for the recipe. The ingredients are good. I want to point out that that you said many lotions have ‘questionable ingredients”, but you were slathering on vaseline petroleum jelly, which is pure garbage itself. Just do a little research. Glad you’re using this now.

  45. Reva McCallaway says

    OK- one comment & one question…
    The recipe says equal portions by weight. But, the author used two portions by weight & one by volume. I hope I didn’t screw up too badly because I missed the ‘by weight’ comment & did all of my measurements by volume.
    Now, my question…shouldn’t cocoa butter have a smell?
    I bought all of my ingredients at Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies and they have good reviews.

    • says

      Fresh cocoa butter smells like chocolate, at least mine always has.

      As long as the proportions are roughly correct you should be fine. If you really don’t like the consistency, remelt and add a little more of whatever you need to adjust it. If I’m using an oil that’s solid at room temp like coconut, I use weight, but olive oil is easier to measure by volume. The proportions should end up pretty close either way.

  46. Lauren Castillo says

    hi, i love the bars ! Thank you for posting the recipe
    I was wondering if palm oil would be considered an oil or a butter since it is solid at room temp. I just happen to have a ton of it and wanted to incorporate in into this recipe but not sure what to substitute out.

  47. octavia anderson says

    I use a crock pot for melting and mixing. They are fairly cheap ( bought mine a year ago for 19.00 at walmart. No need to use a double boiler or a ton of pans. I just need to get rid of the tackyness.

  48. debbi says

    I made bars last night. ..1pt beeswax, 2pt coconut oil. ..they’re too hard to use. They were in the fridge overnight…could that be the reason? Should I remelt and add a liquid oil like grapeseed (as opposed to the semi solid coconut oil)? If so, how much?

    • says

      First off, the bars do not need to be refrigerated at all. They will harden at room temp. Coconut oil becomes rock solid in the fridge, so there’s part of your problem right there.

      Second, the ingredient options are listed the way they are because that’s how the bars should be made. Each portion serves a purpose. The cocoa butter or shea butter provide an oil that’s firm at room temp; the coconut oil and olive oil are both liquid at warm room temp (75-76F); the beeswax is solid at room temp and acts to seal moisture in the skin. Grapeseed goes rancid fairly quickly, so I wouldn’t use it in these bars. I’d highly recommend some cocoa butter or shea butter and no time in the fridge. Melt and make a double recipe (since you doubled the coconut oil), adding more beeswax and the cocoa or shea butter.

      • DEBBI says

        Hey, nothing wrong with a double batch, right? Thank you for the info…I’ll do that tonight

  49. Sathindya says


    I really want to try out these home made lotion bars and stuff. But unfortunately some of the ingredients are hard to find where I live.
    Such as – Shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, avacado oil and such.
    I though of sesame oil as a substitute for these ingredients?
    Any substitute for beeswax will also be great.

    Please help!!!

    • says

      You could try substituting ingredients, but then it wouldn’t be the same recipe. The only substitutes I can think of for beeswax would be something like soy wax (and I’m not a big fan of soy) and carnuba wax (which is more expensive). I can’t easily find shea butter or cocoa butter around here, either, which is why I order mine online. I did order beeswax online before I found a local source, too, and I usually order my coconut oil online in bulk. I have links in the post to the products I use and recommend where it says “Buy Cocoa Butter”, etc.

  50. anna says

    Your son is right on using the lotion bar for his pits. Coconut oil is a great odor deterrent! I use it myself and haven’t use deodorant since I started. But then…I don’t work and barely ever work up a sweat so not sure how well it would work on an active child/adult. When I was working, I worked in nursing and would work up quite a sweat running up and down hallways all day long. Not sure how well it would work in those conditions.

  51. Debbie says

    I made the bar with coconut oil from the jar (hard) and bees wax it wont get hard . I melted it and added more bees wax, they are still soft. I have cut the bees wax up in small pieces. I I put them in measuring cups 1/2 cup for each . Is that wrong?

    • says

      Measuring by weight may work a little better, but by volume should be close. Did you include shea butter or cocoa butter? I noticed you only mentioned the coconut oil and beeswax. The butters help the bars to set up.

  52. Shannon says

    I just made up a batch, and you are right, the kid wanted to eat it! I used cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax. Going on it feels rather greasy, but soaks in over time. I wonder if using a more liquid oil, like olive, would reduce this or make it more greasy? Also, can grapeseed oil be used? Also, I am experimenting with adding raw honey. So far, it doesn’t seem to incorporate well. Any thoughts?

    • says

      I didn’t notice a huge difference in absorption rates between olive oil and coconut oil. Grapeseed oil is very high in omega 6 fatty acids and oxidizes rapidly at room temp, so I don’t personally use it very much. To use honey, you’d probably need to add only a tiny bit, or experiment with some sort of emulsifier, but that could have other effects on the bars.

  53. kitty says

    i’ve tried to find out what the capacity of the linked tins are. the description gives the dimentions but not how many ounces they hold. do you know?

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