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Lotion Bar Recipe

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All you need for these easy hard lotion bars is three ingredients, one pot, and molds – that’s it!

Ingredients

Use 1 part each, by weight. 

For instance, 2 ounces of each ingredient. If using liquid oil, you can measure by volume. For instance, 2 ounces of olive oil to 2 ounces by weight each of cocoa butter and beeswax.

If you don’t have a scale, you can measure by volume, such as one cup cocoa butter, one cup coconut oil and one cup beeswax. This will make a softer bar. For a firmer bar, use one cup butter, a half cup oil and a cup of wax (or similar proportions).

Instructions

  1. Place butter, oil and wax in a heavy bottom pot or double boiler. You may also use an Instant Pot on the “keep warm” setting. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one by placing a glass bowl or wide mouth Mason jar in a small saucepan of water.
  2. Heat gently, stirring regularly, until ingredients are melted.
  3. Pour into molds.
  4. Allow to cool completely before removing from molds. You can chill the bars in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to speed up the process. The finished bars do not require refrigeration.

Notes

Options:

Add 1 teaspoon vitamin E per 12 ounces of bar for increased shelf life.

Add essential oils of choice after lotion bar mix is removed from heat, before pouring into molds.

Start with around 10 drops per 12 ounces of bar. Remember, with essential oils, a small amount goes a long way. If you’re using cocoa butter, keep in mind how the EO you choose will pair with the scent of chocolate. Mint and orange essential oils are popular pairings with cocoa butter.

You may also make your bars with herb infused oils, such as plantain oil, which is great for skin issues, or dandelion oil, which is wonderful for muscle aches.

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