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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8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

Look amazing!!

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

Really cute!!

8 years ago

love this idea!!!

8 years ago

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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8 years ago

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

Angie |

8 years ago

Oh this looks rather simple, def giving a try!

8 years ago

Haha I thought these were caramels at first! xD

8 years ago

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?

8 years ago

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.

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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

Warm Regards,

8 years ago

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

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

8 years ago

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

xx Cecil //

8 years ago

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?

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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!

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

We have tried to make some yesterday and everything was going perfectly. We made some with sheabutter instead of coconutoil – but I havenĀ“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!

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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