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Make Your Own Lotion Bars For Smooth Autumn Skin

I made the switch from lotion to oil about a year ago, but I have to admit, there are times when I miss the ease of using regular old body lotion.

Sometimes I just don’t have the time or patience to sit around and wait for the oil to sink in. I have places to go, or, more accurately, I just want to go to bed and don’t want to ruin my sheets. This is when lotion bars come in incredibly handy. All the benefits of using your favorite oils, without the mess and wait time.

The oils used in these bars are fairly interchangeable so feel free to experiment with your favorite ones, and the amount of beeswax used can be adjusted to make them firmer or softer. Skip the beeswax and follow the same steps to create bath melts, a wonderful way to soothe winter skin (just drop one in a warm bath and allow yourself to soak). These make great gifts and are ideal for travel (no more lugging around a jar of coconut oil) or just when you’re feeling lazy (like me).

Lotion Bars

Lotion Bars

Lotion Bars


1/4 cup raw cocoa butter

1/4 cup beeswax

1/4 cup coconut oil

essential oil (optional)

Silicone mold/ice cube tray

Lotion Bars

Using a double boiler or a glass jar nested in a pot of boiling water, melt all ingredients together. Once the oils and wax have melted completely, you may add any essential oils if using.

Use an oven mitt to remove the jar from the pot and carefully pour the mixture into a silicone mold.

Lotion Bars

Allow to cool completely before removing from the molds. To speed up the process, place the molds in your freezer. Store in a cool, dry place away from any heat source.

Lotion Bars

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rhiannon -October 9, 2014, 7:29AM

such a great idea! i will have to try this.

Dani -October 9, 2014, 8:11AM

I’ve mixed lavender oil with coconut oil before, but I’ve never had a problem letting it “sink in” if I use raw extra virgin coconut oil – it seems to absorb a little better than the cheaper coconut oil!

<3 dani

Autumn Hope -October 9, 2014, 9:07AM

Look amazing!!

Jen -October 9, 2014, 9:59AM

Where is your shirt from? Love the wash and have been looking for the perfect denim blouse for ages!

aman -October 9, 2014, 10:35AM

Really cute!!

q -October 9, 2014, 11:19AM

love this idea!!!

JuleneTheGypsy -October 9, 2014, 11:52AM

I used to make these! Need to find the time again. I used cute soap molds to shape my bars. They were adorable! Tip – If you are prone to body breakouts coconut oil might not work for you. It has a higher comedogenic rating than say…. Hempseed and sunflower oils. Shea Butter also works well in the place of cocoa butter (ratios may differ if you switch them though). Shea is softer and I find that it sinks into skin better. It also has a very faint scent unlike the super chocolaty smelling cocoa butter.

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Angie Wilson -October 9, 2014, 12:51PM

these look awesome, I’ll have to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

Angie |

Juliette Laura -October 9, 2014, 12:55PM

Oh this looks rather simple, def giving a try!

Mariel -October 9, 2014, 1:56PM

Haha I thought these were caramels at first! xD

georgie -October 9, 2014, 5:43PM

Okay, so I don’t actually understand how these work. Will they just kinda start melting in your hands from your body heat making them easy to apply to your body?

Julie -October 9, 2014, 11:14PM

I have a few bars that are somewhat similar from Lush, but am so glad you posted a way to make them at home! This will definitely keep my skin hydrated while letting me stick to my budget.

Manish Gupta -October 10, 2014, 4:43AM

Thanks for posting a way to make lotion bars at home and that too so easily and within budget.

Alexandra -October 10, 2014, 11:29AM

I bet this smells so lovely! I like the thought of using cute molds, even gifting these!

Warm Regards,

Nicole -October 10, 2014, 12:17PM

I can’t wait to try these–thank you! :)

Charlotte Sophia Roberts -October 10, 2014, 5:35PM

This is a great idea! WIll definitely try it out! X

cecilvedemil -October 11, 2014, 8:44AM

Wow, this is such a great idea :) Can’t wait to do mine and try them!

xx Cecil //

Nadja -October 12, 2014, 4:39AM

I’ve been looking to make something similar and I’m so glad I’ve found your post! What essential oils do you recommend using?

gigi -October 12, 2014, 9:02AM

Awesome idea. Thank you for sharing. I enjoy making my own beauty items for myself and to share. Cost effective and great gift ideas.

Robin -October 12, 2014, 1:10PM

I just ditched oil for the same reason…’s SO time consuming to wait for it to sink in! I’ll have to give these a try. They look amazing!

Cam -October 15, 2014, 7:18AM

This is very cool!

I love making beauty products and knowing that all the ingredients are natural. I’ve only made facial skin care products before like toners and scrubs, but this seems reasonably simple so I must give it a go! I would probably add lavender too.
Great read & nice shirt ;)

Best, Cam

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Ashley M. [at] (never)homemaker -October 16, 2014, 3:18PM

I use the same exact recipe — love making these for gifts:

Rhoda -October 17, 2014, 12:40AM

We have tried to make some yesterday and everything was going perfectly. We made some with sheabutter instead of coconutoil – but I haven´t tried the shea-one yet.
It feels really good on the skin (even the day after) and one cube is totally enough for my whole body. Thank you so much for sharing this :D
Definitely doing this again!

Tarn -November 25, 2014, 3:39PM

I made a small batch today and am happy with the results – I would just say that I think it is a little bit waxy for me (more like a lip balm) and next time I might experiment with using a combo of shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil and only a little bit of wax! love this blog xox

Shaelyne -December 1, 2014, 4:24PM

I made them and everything turned out great but then they melted… What did I do wrong?

Jaimie -January 5, 2015, 11:44PM

I just made these and they are amazing! I’m obsessed. So easy to make and I smell like chocolate from the cocoa butter! I tried adding lavender, but I can’t really smell it. Will experiment and try to get the right amount for next time. I want to make these and send them to everyone I know. Thanks!

Kiki -March 1, 2015, 10:45AM

Such a lovely post and an inspiring idea! I tried to make these some time ago but they melted too easily… Should I have been using more wax? I guess I’ll give it another go and experiment with different oils too! Thank you x

Ikik -March 23, 2016, 6:41AM

You could potentially eat these right?

fp julie -March 23, 2016, 9:38AM

Ikik – These are not edible, so I wouldn’t recommend trying them, they do smell delicious though! :)

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