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Cinnamon and Clove Homemade Lotion Bars

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Homemade lotion bars are easy to make with just three ingredients plus essential oils.


Making your own soaps, lotions, shaving cream and other beauty products is super easy. I fell in love with DIYing these items years ago.  You generally will need a few basic supplies and then you’re set to make all kinds of fun things!

These are my first attempt at homemade lotion bars and I’m totally hooked! Just three (or four) ingredients plus your favorite essential oils are all it takes to make a batch.

Cinnamon and Clove Homemade Lotion Bars

Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
Beeswax Pellets
Refined Coconut Oil (unfrefined coconut oil will smell like coconuts, if you prefer to have the smell for your bars)
Clove Essential Oil
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon Sticks



Begin by wiping down the bar mold to get rid of any dirt or dust. Place one cinnamon stick in each mold. Set the mold aside but in close proximity to the stove.

Melt wax in an old coffee can when making homemade candles for less mess.

Melt together equal amounts of butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler.  You can check out my tutorial on how to melt ingredients with a double boiler. It’s the same idea as melting the wax but instead you melt the lotion ingredients. This just helps keep your pots and pans from getting gunked up with lotion.

The butter and coconut oil will melt fairly quickly, but the beeswax will take a little longer. It takes a bit of heat to get the wax to melt. Just be patient as it will melt eventually.


Once all the ingredients are melted together remove from the heat.  Stir in a few drops of of clove and cinnamon. I used about drops of each.


Carefully pour the lotion mixture in to the molds until about 2/3 full.  Allow the lotion bars to set and cool completely before removing from the mold.  The bars are a little slippery even when cool and set so I throw them in the fridge to set.


If you want to make these as Christmas gifts, use a Christmas shaped mold. I skipped the cinnamon sticks in the Christmas shapes.


You can wrap the lotion bars in parchment or wax paper for giving, too. I wrote the scent on the parchment paper.

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  • Ettie Daly
    March 16, 2018

    Hey, it looks amazing. u think i can replace the clove oil with vanilla oil?

  • Nancy
    January 10, 2018

    How do you use the lotion bars?

    • Camille
      January 10, 2018

      Just rub them on your skin. They may need to be warmed up a little in your hands first to soften.

  • Jane Tucket
    January 6, 2018

    How many drops of cinnamon and cloves did you use for the lotion bars. I love clove oil and can’t wait to make. Thank you so much. Jane

    • Camille
      January 8, 2018

      I can’t believe I didn’t put that in there. Start with 1-2 drops and add as much as you like to get the scent you want.

  • Patty
    December 28, 2017

    Hi! Thanks for sharing the motion bar recepy! But I missed the part where you mentioned how may drops of each cinnamon and clove EO you used!

  • Heidi
    December 20, 2016

    These lotion bars look lovely with the cinnamon stick and cloves right in it. What a great gift! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday!

  • Theresa
    December 20, 2016

    I bet these are nice & smell pretty. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared. Happy Holidays!

  • Cristina at Ava's Alphabet
    December 18, 2016

    My skin could use one one these lotion bars right now. I bet they smell heavenly! Pinned and sharing! Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party.

  • Amy
    December 18, 2016

    How fun. I can’t wait to try making these. Thank you so much for sharing at Link Party Palooza.

  • Monika Dabrowski
    December 17, 2016

    These look good enough to eat:)

  • Marie
    December 16, 2016

    I love the look of these!! They kind of look like coffee beans (which is always awesome in my book). Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!

  • Angie Rose
    December 15, 2016

    Hey Camille! These lotion bar look so nice 🙂 I just adore the smell of cinnamon. Thank you so much for sharing with us this week over at Dishing It & Digging It.

  • Christine
    December 12, 2016

    Great DIY. Perfect for a gift basket. Stopping by from the Inspiration Monday party.

  • smiling notes
    December 11, 2016

    I’m sure they smell amazingly awesome! Thanks for sharing at the Family joy blog link up party. Pinning this.

  • Charlotte Burkholder
    December 11, 2016

    I love anything cinnamon! The gingerbread and stocking bars are really cute! Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog Linkup.

  • Amy
    December 11, 2016

    I bet these smell amazing!! I’ve never made soap before, but one of these days I’m going to bite the bullet and do it. Yours look very inviting. I would love getting one of these as a gift!! Pinning and sharing. Happy Christmas

  • Roseann Hampton
    December 11, 2016

    Pinning to make later – just need to order some bees wax pellets!