I was super excited to take a stab at making lotion bars. And I have to say, post crafting, they feel great. They are solid at room temperature, and last a long time. When rubbed on the skin, they leave a thin, smooth layer, making the skin feel super soft and moisturized. Just in time for Valentine’s day, I wanted to make heart-themed lotion bars. These are great to give away at a spa party or just hand out at the end of your Valentine’s day event. They melt into your skin and relieve every bit of dryness. This recipe takes only a few ingredients and is very similar to our HOMEMADE LIP BALM.
So let’s get started. You will need:
- 1 part Shea Butter (Cocoa butter works well too)
- 1 part Coconut Oil
- 1 part Cosmetic-grade Beeswax
- Lavender Oil
- Vitamin E Capsule (optional)
- Silicone Mold (ice cube tray)
- Food coloring
- Mason Jar
NOTE: I would suggest trying this formula on a very small amount first- maybe one or two bars. See if you like the final result and then tailor the larger batch to the way you’d prefer. For instance, I know some people prefer a less oily solution. If that’s you, you can put slightly less coconut oil in the mixture. But you won’t know that until you make one. So try it on a small batch first, and then tweak it to your liking for the larger batch.
This may take a little bit of trial and error, but that’s the great thing about crafting! Here at Spark & Chemistry, we’re all about learning from our DIY mistakes.
After all of the mixture is poured into your ice cube tray, in a matter of minutes, you’ll see it begin to harden. Just because it looks ready to pop out and use, doesn’t mean it is. You’ll notice that though the surface looks hardened, the bottom of the tray feels warm- not done. To speed up the process, stick it in the fridge for 5-10 extra minutes. Once you pull it out of the fridge, you can pop them out! Not to shabby, right?
Store these lotion bars at room temperature, or for a cooling sensation, keep them in the fridge and use when you need it. You’ll notice that as soon as you touch them, they begin to melt into your skin. If it feels a little too oily for you, next time, let up a bit on the coconut oil. I was concerned at first about that, but as I held them, I realized that they weren’t completely melting; it’s just that the warmth from my skin activated the oils. I love the way these feel. I’m thinking on average, one lotion bar should last one day. When you get out of the shower, rub it on your skin to feel moisturized and hydrated. Place them in a glass vase to display for a party. Your guests can grab one on the go. Just make sure you have a plastic baggy so the contents don’t get all over their clothes or inside their purse! It is like lotion, just to keep in mind. This homemade craft is perfect for Valentine’s day and I just love them. If you like this craft, share it with your friends! Happy DIY!