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Dry Skin? This Unique Lotion Makes Moisturizing Less Messy

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Though I struggle with dry, itchy skin fairly regularly, I never seem to have lotion handy when I need it. Luckily, I found a solution for dry skin that’s a lot more purse-friendly than lotion that comes in bottle: homemade lotion bars.

What is a lotion bar, you ask? As the name implies, they’re solid bars of lotion that you use by softening them with your body heat. Just hold a lotion bar between your hands for a few seconds to soften it up, then rub the lotion onto dry hands, elbows, cuticles, or wherever you need it!

Not only are homemade lotion bars great to carry in your purse or shaving kit, but they’re also made with natural ingredients that are highly moisturizing and gentle on skin. The beeswax helps keep the lotion bars solid at room temperature, and it also helps seal in the other ingredients to keep your skin moisturized longer.

Here’s how to make your own at home!

How To Make Homemade Lotion Bars

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You’ll need:

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Directions:

Combine the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in the top section of a double boiler, or a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Once the ingredients are completely melted, remove from heat and stir well.

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Add the lavender essential oil, give the mixture another good stir, then carefully pour it into the cavities of a silicone mold.

A person holding a yellow flower soap, known for its moisturizing properties, in front of a sink.

Let the lotion cool and solidify completely before removing your lotion bars from the mold.

Since these lotion bars are so easy to make, why not go ahead and make some mini ones too? They make great gifts and party favors!

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BONUS: Mini Lotion Bars

You can make mini lotion bars using the same ingredients and amounts shown above, but swap your larger, soap-sized mold for a silicone mold with small cavities. Also, do yourself a favor and pour the liquid lotion into a squeeze bottle before filling your silicone mold—it makes the process a lot less messy!

Mini lotion bars will solidify faster than larger bars, but they’ll also melt faster if they get too warm, so be sure to store them in a cool place.

What’s your go-to remedy for dry skin?

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DIY Lotion Bars For Dry Skin

Jill Nystul
These handy lotion bars make it easy to treat dry skin on the go (and you won't have to worry about them exploding in your purse.)
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Equipment

  • Silicone mold
  • Double Boiler
  • Measuring cup with pour spout
  • Squeeze bottle optional

Ingredients
  

  • 4.5 oz beeswax
  • 4 oz shea butter
  • 4 oz coconut oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions
 

  • Melt the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil together in a double boiler, then remove from heat and stir well.
  • Add the lavender oil and stir again.
  • Pour the liquid lotion into a measuring cup with a pour spout, then carefully fill the cavities of a silicone mold.
  • Allow the lotion to cool and solidify before removing the bars from the mold.

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Great idea. I’m afraid they would melt. I live in humid state and I can just see it making a mess. I do like the small plastic travel case idea for carrying them.

    • Lavender is amazing for skin irritations and soothing dry skin, but you can use just about any essential oil! I would recommend floral oils – is there something you had in mind?

  • This is great and I can already smell the wonderful scent. I often make knitted facecloths and soap bags during the holidays and had been purchasing lavender scented soap for this little gift which I keep in a basket with other little gifts for visitors from Thanksgiving through New Years. This will make a quick and easy addition to my handmade gifts and fits the handmade theme.

  • When I find my missing beeswax in the cabinet. going to make up a small batch tomorrow morning , do it early before my 3 kids get up. So off I go to find my beeswax , May change my mind and make it tonight! U Rock Mrs. Jillee! Love your website!

  • I made these last night. It was so fast and easy to do! I’ve used lotion bars before, but I had never made them myself. Thanks for this quick and easy tutorial!

    I kept the other ones I had in a plastic baggie in my purse. These are a bit softer than some I’ve had, but so far they are keeping their shape pretty well (and it’s hot today!) So, I think that is going to work out fine. I put my extras in the freezer.

    I did a lot of yardwork yesterday, and these made my hands feel so good after I was done!

  • Not sure how well they travel but such good stuff in them. I avoid DISHPAN HANDS like the plague and always wear gloves when doing dishes or washing clothes by hand.

    I use sunscreen on my hands and do not want to keep reapplying it after washing dishes, which seem to need doing multiple times a day.
    Lotion bars great all over!!
    Who remembers Marge and her DISHPAN HANDS from the Palmolve ad??

  • You mention that these will fit in a pocket or purse, but wouldn’t they melt in a pocket (warmed by body heat), or in a purse left in a warm place? Also, some people might just toss them in a purse or pocket without a baggie or something to keep things from getting messy….

    • Love the idea, I too am concerned about melting if put in a purse or tote bag. What would be the best way to package if put in a purse?

      • Go to Dollar Trr & pick up some cute small tins or plastic soap container with lid attached. There are some cute small jars you could use and print out some cute vintage labels with your product name, A Special Gift for You produced by your name. Just a thought. I’m going to do this for my 7 daughters.

  • Jillee,

    I’m excited about making these little jewels. I’m hard on my hands. I’m one of those people, who enjoys washing my dishes…most of the time. I also do my own housekeeping and gardening. My hands will love this healthy, natural way to keep them protected and replenished.

    Thanks Bunches!

  • Love this recipe! I always use more coconut oil than other cosmetic fats, but I’ll add some shea butter next time. Thank you for sharing this recipe! :)

  • burt’s bees makes a lotion bar that’s awesome. It has it’s own display plate and I leave it on the bathroom counter opposite my liquid soap container………………………Thanks for the diy, cause I’m doing it when my burt’s bees is gone………………………….

  • Lotion bars work well. They just don’t work well in SUMMER if you aren’t in an air-conditioned environment. You really want to put a lotion bar in your back pocket in summer? That’s gonna be a mess!

  • Hi Jillee,

    I’m always looking for something like this too. Brilliant. I have 2 questions.

    1: If I decided to use another E.O. would the drop amount be the same?
    2: What do you store these in at home and in your purse?

    Thanks,
    Jo

  • Would cocoa butter or a shea/cocoa butter blend be a good substitute for this recipe. I love shea butter but it’s just not as good as cocoa butter for scars & stretch marks.

  • I have a question one of the ingredients in your homemade soap is coconut oil im alergic to the coconut oil is there another oil i can use?

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