Coffee beans and spice make hard lotion bars smell delicious and great for skin.
While I was making a batch of cinnamon and clove lotion bars, I kept thinking that a coffee hard lotion bar would smell delicious with the cinnamon and clove. The coffee beans on the top of the lotion bars would help exfoliate the skin to help smooth away rough skin. And since lotion bars are so easy to make, I whipped up a batch!
Spiced Coffee Hard Lotion Bars
To make the hard lotion bars you will need:
Shea butter or cocoa butter – I used cocoa butter for these instead of shea butter. The cocoa butter is less tacky, but it does have it’s own scent. Shea butter doesn’t have any scent. But I still think I prefer the cocoa butter overall.
Refined coconut oil – unrefined coconut oil smells like coconuts, which is delicious, so you can use that too if you want that scent in the bars.
Coffee Beans – I used a French roast so the beans are very dark and have a strong coffee smell
How to make the hard lotion bars:
Prepare the molds by putting coffee beans in a single layer on the bottom of the molds. You could also add a cinnamon stick or whole cloves or cardamom pods.
Melt together equal parts of the butter, coconut oil, and beeswax in a double boiler. You can check out how I use a double boiler for candles – just use the lotion ingredients instead of the wax.
I used 1/2 cup of each ingredient and it made 4 of the oval bars filled about 2/3 of the way full.
The beeswax will take longer to melt than any other ingredient. Add that to the coffee can or other melting container first so it’s closest to the heat. Just keep stirring, the wax will melt!
When all of the ingredients have melted completely, remove from heat. Add in the essential oils. I used 2 drops of each oil for each bar.
Pour a very thin layer that just barely covers the coffee beans in to each mold. Return the double boiler to the pot of water to keep it warm and melted. Allow the thin layer to set. This will keep the beans at the top of each bar. In the middle bar above, I just filled the entire mold an the beans floated up. The bar on the left had the least amount of lotion in the first layer and the bar on the right had a little more in that first layer. It’s up to you how you want it to look!
Once the first layer has set, fill the mold until 2/3 full. Allow the bars to cool and set completely before removing from the mold.
To give the hard lotion bars as gifts, wrap in parchment paper or wax paper. I used parchment paper and wrote the scent on the paper. Or you could make cute stickers for the bars, too.
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