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
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
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 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 says
Hey, it looks amazing. u think i can replace the clove oil with vanilla oil?
How do you use the lotion bars?
Just rub them on your skin. They may need to be warmed up a little in your hands first to soften.
Jane Tucket says
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
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.
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!
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!
I bet these are nice & smell pretty. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared. Happy Holidays!
Cristina at Ava's Alphabet says
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.
How fun. I can’t wait to try making these. Thank you so much for sharing at Link Party Palooza.
Monika Dabrowski says
These look good enough to eat:)
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 says
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.
Great DIY. Perfect for a gift basket. Stopping by from the Inspiration Monday party.
smiling notes says
I’m sure they smell amazingly awesome! Thanks for sharing at the Family joy blog link up party. Pinning this.
Charlotte Burkholder says
I love anything cinnamon! The gingerbread and stocking bars are really cute! Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog Linkup.
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 says
Pinning to make later – just need to order some bees wax pellets!