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! And factor in the super-dry climate here in Utah, and you have a perfect recipe for dry, itchy skin. It seems like 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, the more intrigued I was, because it seemed like the perfect 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. Then you rub the softened bar 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 work together to “lock” in moisture. The beeswax makes the lotion ‘hard’ and keeps moisture in your skin longer (vs. a pump lotion.)
Lotion Bars for Dry Skin
Combine the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Once everything has melted, remove from the heat and stir well.
Next, add the lavender essential oil and stir again.
Pour the mixture into a silicone mold.
Allow the lotion to cool completely before popping out and using.
These lotion bars are so easy to make! While you’re making some for yourself, why not go ahead and make a few more that you can give away as gifts?