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Lotion Bars

This recipe is perfection for making small batches as gifts for friends, a hostess treat or stocking stuffers! This way, if you don’t like how it tuns out, you haven’t used up your precious ingredients and can tweak the recipe to your needs. I had these adorable snowflake and snowman silicon molds. Perfect for stocking stuffers or hostess gift for all those holiday parties! Don’t forget – later in the month we’ll have some super cute packaging ideas for you!


What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Warm a medium pan with water on the stove
  2. Weigh all ingredients into glass dishes
  3. Place all ingredients, except essential oils, into a larger glass bowl or measuring cup
  4. Place glass bowl over pan of simmering water
  5. Melt butter, oil & wax
  6. Remove from  heat and stir in 36 drops of peppermint essential oil
  7. Pour into silicon molds
  8. Cool
  9. Package


Tie these up in group of 3 with butchers twine or other fun strings. Pop a few into your mother-in-laws stocking or add them to spa baskets for all your friends! The possibilities are endless. I am keeping one by my nightstand and it’s awesome just before bed, my feet have really loved the extra pampering!

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57 thoughts on “Lotion Bars”

  1. I made lotion bars for my daughters….I used a skull ice cream cube tray and I mixed in Anti-Eczema EO from Plant Therapy. They’re absolutely wonderful. The girls can apply the lotion to their itchy skin whenever they want, all by themselves! I will be making lotion bars for my family for gifts…and, since I have a large order of supplies coming in from a gal located near my parents, I will be able to show my family how to make them too. So excited for Christmas!

    1. That is such a good idea! Wondering if you’ve found the anti-eczema synergy to be very helpful? My kids, especially my 4 year old, have it severely & thinking of trying that next..

  2. Christina, these are adorable! My favorite recipes are like this one, not too many ingredients and not too many steps! Hadn’t originally planned on making these, but with such an easy recipe I’m rethinking doing them! Where did you find your silicon molds? Thank you for the great post!

  3. I think all of these are fantastic. The problem that I am having is how do you clean the things you used? the beeswax is all over the place. Is there a special method?

    1. I actually scraped out the lotion-mix from my pyrex measuring cup (which I used to melt it in) and used that in a small container over the next few days. After scarping out as much as I could, I wiped it out with a paper towel, then I just washed the pyrex like normal. There was no residue left in the silicon molds, they just popped right out.

  4. Can you use mango butter instead if cocoa butter? I’m thinking mango tangerine or vanilla or peppermint or…….so many possibilities!!! Lol

  5. Wonder if you can help me. I am not seeing PT’s deal of the day when I go to their website. What am I doing wrong?

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  6. I used to make lotion bars. Another nice option for these is to pour them into tubes like deoderant tubes (you can purchase them at Michael’s or at most soap making sites online). They rub on without getting the lotion all over your fingers. Very popular for working people and nice for rubbing on someone’s back, knees, or elbows.

    1. They only take a few minutes, less than an hour!! They are fine on the counter and pop right out of a silicone mold!

  7. I’m would like to make these for gifts and would have to ship them to California and Tennessee. I’m wondering if they might melt and be ruined before reaching their destination though. Thoughts?s

  8. Hi! I wonder what proportions should I consider in making lotion bars as I live in a tropical country and the coconut is never solid unless stored in the refrigerator. Thank you!

    1. Hi Patricia! This may take some experimenting. I would recommend cutting the coconut oil back to 1 ounce, but you may have to increase the Cocoa Butter slightly or include another butter, such as Shea. This may change the texture as well.

      1. I wonder if increasing the beeswax may also prevent it from being too soft. Texture would be different, but it may hold the shape better.

        1. Hi June! Increasing the beeswax will make the bars harder, and will change the texture. It can also change the properties and they might not be as conditioning to the skin.

    1. Hi Leslie! You can use just about any essential oil. Just be sure to adjust the drops based on the recommendation for that oil.

  9. Is there a way to use a microwave to melt the ingredients? I had lots of problems getting my bowl out of the pan. Plus, the center top of the mixture was cool, so some of the wax/butter would harden, even when I tried stirring it back into the mixture.

    1. That would certainly work, I have read that microwaves can change the chemical structure so I’m not sure about maintaining the integrity of your ingredients. I would recommend trying it with a small batch, seeing how effective it is, then going from there.

    1. You would typically want to take the shelf of the ingredient with the shortest shelf life. The butters often last for 2 years when stored in a dark/cool place, you would also want to take into consideration the shelf life of the essential oils you choose.

    1. Kerri this is solid coconut, not FCO. Unfortunately, we longer have this product available. I have removed the link. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    1. Ruchel, I haven’t personally used soy wax as a replacement but it could be a great alternative. If you try this replacement let us know what you think. Thanks so much!

    1. Kandace, have they firmed up more? If they are still soft, I would gently remelt, add another ounce of beeswax and pour into molds again… they should be firmer 🙂

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