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.