With all the “experimenting” I do on a daily basis trying out new homemade solutions….my hands are in and out of hot, soapy water a LOT! It seems like I’ve never used more moisturizers on my person than I have this past winter. I am CONSTANTLY slathering some greasy goo on my hands, feet, etc in an effort to alleviate the extreme dryness! The problem is….I never seem to have the lotion with me when I need it! I love my homemade moisturizing lotion…but it’s hard to keep even a small mason jar of it in a purse! So when I heard about Lotion BARS I was intrigued. And the more I looked into them…I was MORE intrigued because it seemed like the answer to my poor dry hands and feet!
What is a lotion bar you ask? Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t know. :-) Lotion bars are just what the name implies…they are solid at room temperature, but once you hold them in your hands for a few seconds your body heat will soften it allowing you to rub it on those much needed areas such as hands, elbows, the heels of your feet, and cuticles!
Hard lotion bars are also very CONVENIENT! They fit easily in your pocket, purse, shaving kit, etc. I need one in my purse AND my car!
But I think what I like even MORE than the convenience…is the simple, natural ingredients that blend to “lock” in moisture. The beeswax in it makes the lotion ‘hard’ and keeps the lotion in the skin longer (vs. a pump lotion). Beeswax is the special ingredient that locks in the butters and oils that nourish the skin.
Well, as you can see…while they’re not picture-perfect like hers…I was pretty happy with how they turned out! They’re kinda cute….and they work just as well! Now I just need to come up with some cute tins, like Renee’s, to keep them in!
These would make such great gifts! They are so easy to make!
You can even purchase a DIY Kit that comes with every thing you need to make the lotion bar and lip balm!
How to Make Hard Lotion Bars for Dry Skin
Combine pre-measured ingredients in a double boiler. Melt, stir well, and pour into molds (or use turkey baster to fill mold with melted lotion). Molds can be plastic or metal. Ice cube trays and cupcake pans both work great. I used one of the silicone molds I ordered off of Amazon.com for my Bath Fizzies. :-)
Allow lotion to completely cool before popping out and using. For ease in removing from mold, place in freezer for 30 minutes and then remove.
For more skin care recipes, check out MadeOn’s ebooks.