DIY Hard Lotion Bars

LB(Update: We now offer herbal-infused lotion bars in our online store, Real Traditions!)

The first time I saw a lotion bar was almost four years ago. I thought, “that is really weird, but I’ll give it a try”… and I fell in love! For those of you who have never had the pleasure, a lotion bar is simply a solid lotion that you rub on your skin (like a bar of soap) and then rub in just like liquid lotion.

It is the BEST moisturizing for hands, feet, knees, elbows, and any other dry skin. The first time you use it, it may feel a bit too “heavy” on your skin, but the longer you use it, the lighter it seems to feel. I think that may be because when you first use it, the skin is so dry that it takes a little while for the lotion to soak in, but once your skin softens, it melts right in. The beeswax leaves an invisible and protective layer that is fabulous in dry conditions.

One of the things I really love about lotion bars is that they have no water in them, so they are very concentrated. One bar lasts me as long as at least two of the expensive bottles of natural liquid lotion I used to buy regularly (saving me $5 to $10 per month!). It also makes it so much lighter to carry in my purse and that’s really important since EVERYTHING ends up in my purse! 😉

This simple recipe is all over the internet, so I have been unable to locate the original source. “Thanks”, whoever you are!

Melt together equal parts

I honestly don’t measure… just try to keep it pretty close. Pour into small containers.

Here’s my creative contribution. I pour it into silicone soap molds. Once it cools, they pop right out and I can carry them in a small tin in my purse! It’s much easier to apply if you are able to remove the lotion bar from the container. As you can see in the picture, I’m missing two silicone cups and had to pour the extra straight into a tin.

For extra healing or luxury, consider adding organic essential oils just before pouring. You can also infuse the coconut oil with herbs before mixing it with the beeswax and cocoa butter.

If you’re not up for making your own, check out our store (Real Traditions) for several varieties of lotion bars lovingly made by us!

Real Traditions Store

6 thoughts on “DIY Hard Lotion Bars

  1. I have been wanting to try the Made On lotion bar. Do you know if it’s cheaper to make your own or just buy one?
    I love making my things at home, but sometimes things aren’t cheaper if you make it yourself….but this recipe is super easy! Thanks!

    • I’ll see if I can figure out the cost per bar, but I’m certain that it’s cheaper to make my own. I use each of the ingredients for other products, so nothing is just sitting in the cupboard for years. I have heard wonderful things about the Made On lotion bars, though… If I didn’t have the time or inclination to make my own, I’d probably buy their brand. 🙂

  2. I love the lotion bars that my daughter and I made last year. They’ve lasted a long time. My only complaint is that it feels a bit sticky initially when I put it on. Just for a minute or so and then the stickiness goes away. I think it might have something to do with the humid Florida weather.

    • LOL, I am usually so busy enjoying the pampering feeling of massaging the lotion into my hands that by the time I’m done, it’s pretty much soaked in! It does seem a bit heavier when I first put it on in the summer (probably the humidity, like you said), but I apply it half a dozen times a day in the winter without feeling any stickiness. Once that dry winter air hits, it seems I just can’t get too much!

  3. Amy G says:

    Is there any kind of lotions I can make or get that do not have coconut oil in them? This is a big issue for me.; I swell and itch like no ones business!

    • Amy G,
      Don’t know if you ever got an answer, but you can use any liquid oil you like for the coconut oil. Coconut oil dries my skin out (could be why it makes you itch), so I only use it in products like body wash where it will be rinsed off (a soap maker taught me that).


      PS – easy to remember formula for lotion bars/sticks:
      1/3 butter (cocoa, shea, etc.)
      1/3 liquid oil (almond, apricot, grapeseed, avocado, etc)
      1/3 beeswax

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