Are you short on time but love making your own DIY skincare? If so, then you should try making this DIY beeswax lotion bars recipe. These lotion bars are the perfect non greasy body butter essential to go. They are quick to make and easy to package, and they will leave your skin glowing and moisturized. They also make great homemade DIY gifts.
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Lotion bars are a pretty cool little DIY skincare product to have on hand at all times. Especially if you are on the go. Because of their compact size, they are super easy to pack in your purse or a must have Travel Bag Like This one to take with you.
Now when you travel, especially if your travel involves an airport you don’t have to worry about whether or not your lotion is in a travel size bottle, because now it’s in a travel bar. You can pack them in a Small tin can and go.
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WHAT ARE LOTION BARS
What exactly is a beeswax lotion bar? Well for starters a plain lotion bar is Body Butter (oils and butters) mixed with hardeners and thickeners to help the lotion bar keep its shape. A beeswax lotion bar is just the name of a lotion bar that uses beeswax as its hardener.
Another hardener that can be used in the place of beeswax to create these solid lotion bars is Candelilla Wax. You can also use other ingredients like Arrowroot Powder to cut down on the greasiness of some lotion bars.
But, I find that the combination of butter used to create these DIY lotion bars makes it less greasy than other lotion bars I’ve tried.
Another characteristic of lotion bars is that they typically don’t melt in higher temperatures.
You can use a silicone mold like this Bumblebee Mold to mold the lotion bars into just about any shape you wish. Or if you choose can use a silicone mold like the Smooth Silicone Mold here for this beeswax lotion bars recipe.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEESWAX LOTION BARS
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE USED FOR THIS BEESWAX LOTION BARS RECIPE?
Just a few ingredients
BUTTERS USED TO MAKE THESE DIY LOTION BARS
Kokum butter is one of my favorite butters to use when making DIY skincare! I recently used it to make this Vanilla Latte Body Butter, that came out heavenly. It helps keep the skin firm and helps to fight signs of aging. Just those two benefits make it a yes for me.
Using a butter with a high melting point such as kokum butter helps to keep lotion bars hard. It’s melting point is between 93 and 100 degrees.
And, kokum butter has a very light scent, so it’s easy to create scented lotion bars without having the butters original scent overpower the fragrance oil.
For this beeswax lotion bars recipe, refined shea butter is used. Refined shea butter is almost white in color and has no real scent. Unrefind she butter can be either off whitish or yellow in color.
If shea butter is yellow then borututu root has been added for additional skincare benefits. Unrefined shea butter also has a nutty roasted smell.
Babassu Oil is a carrier oil that works as an excellent moisturizer for DIY skincare products. It’s a rich and very creamy oil. The consistency and texture of Babassu Oil is very similar to coconut oil.
It is solid at room temperature and has a melting point of 76 degrees. Meaning, that babassu oil can melt pretty easily if left in an environment that is higher than its melting point.
Nonetheless, it’s filled with antioxidants and good fatty acids and is the perfect ingredient in this beeswax lotion bars recipe.
These beeswax lotion bars were made to be moisturizing but nongreasy. So when choosing the ingredients it was important to choose lightweight carrier oils that easily absorbed into the skin.
Fatty acids help to moisturize the skin and Argan Oilis filled with both oleic and linoleic acids which do just that. It also helps boost collagen production, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can help minimize the appearance of scars.
Argan Oil is so lightweight and it has a nice luxurious silky feeling. It is the perfect nongreasy carrier to use in this beeswax lotion bars recipe.
Avocado oil is a carrier oil that comes from the avocado fruit. It is rich in fatty acids and great at moisturizing the skin. It is rich in vitamins A, D, and E and contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from environmental damage.
One of the main reasons it’s used in this lotion bar recipe is because it easily absorbs into the skin and won’t leave behind a greasy feel.
ESSENTIAL TOOLS TO MAKE LOTION BARS
Tools you’ll need
HOW TO MAKE THIS BEESWAX LOTION BARS RECIPE
It’s easy to make lotion bars. To make them you combine natural butters like these, natural oils like these, and a hardener such as Beeswax together. Once the mixture sets you basically have your lotion bar.
EASY BEESWAX LOTION BARS RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS
1. Gather all of the necessary equipment and ingredients to make the lotion bars.
2. Using a digital scale measure out your shea butter, kokum butter, babassu oil, argan oil, avocado oil, and beeswax. Combine your butters and oils in a heat safe container.
3. Now measure out the vitamin E and fragrance oil and set them aside for now.
4. Next melt the butters and oils down together by placing the heat safe container in a water bath over low heat using the double boiler method.
5. Once all the ingredients are melted down, remove the heat safe container from the water bath.
6. Add the vitamin E and fragrance oil into the melted butters and oils and stir together.
7. Pour the liquid mixture into the silicone mold.
8. Let the mixture cool and harden for 4 to 6 hours.
9. Store the lotion bars in an airtight container until ready to use.
HOW TO USE LOTION BARS
It’s really easy to use lotion bars. Take the bar and gently rub it over your skin then just rub it in. It’s almost like applying lip balm. Place the lotion bar back in your container of choice with the lid on until you are ready to use it again. Containers like these are great for storing these lotion bars.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long do lotion bars last? Because lotion bars are made from natural butter and oil they can last a year or longer without use. If using expect them to last about 2 to 3 months with frequent use.
How do you keep lotion bars from melting? Lotions bars are usually made with a hardener such as beeswax or candelilla wax which makes them less likely to melt. Additionally, store them at room temperature out of direct sunlight. You can also store them in the refrigerator if you live in a warmer environment. Make sure the lotion bars are stored in an air-tight storage container.
Can I remelt lotion bars? Yes, that is the great thing about lotion bars. You can remelt them and remold them as well as add additional beeswax if they turn out too soft.
What’s a good substitute for beeswax in lotion bars? If you would like to substitute the beeswax, try using candelilla wax or carnauba wax. These are great substitutes for beeswax in lotion bars and body lotion sticks.
Do I have to make add fragrance to these beeswax lotion bars? No, you can certainly leave out the fragrance oil if you prefer unscented lotion bars.
What is a good substitute for babassu oil? A good substitute for babassu oil is coconut oil. They are very similar in texture and consistency.
Just be aware that coconut oil can clog the pores. If you have oily skin coconut oil may not be the best option. Try using a carrier oil such as jojoba oil instead.
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Quick & Easy DIY Beeswax Lotion Bars Recipe
- Measuring Cups
- Digital Scale
- Mixing Bowls
- Silicone Mold
- 41 g Kokum Butter
- 41 g Shea Butter
- 56 g Babassu Oil
- 82 g Beeswax
- 13 g Argan Oil
- 13 g Avocado Oil
- 2 g Vitamin E
- 2 g Fragrance Oil optional
- Gather all of the necessary equipment and ingredients to make they lotion bars
- Using a digital scale measure out your shea butter, kokum butter, babassu oil, argan oil, avocado oil and beeswax . Combine your butters and oils together in a heat safe container.
- Now measure out the vitamin E and fragrance oil and sit them aside for now.
- Once all the ingredient are melted down, remove the heat safe container from the water bath.
- Add the vitamin e and fragrance oil into the melted butters and oils and stir together.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the silicone mold.
- Let the mixture cool and harden for 4 to 6 hours.
- Store the lotions bars in an air tight continer until ready to use.
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