(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!
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!