By Larraine Roulston:
With Christmas fast approaching, assembling Do It Yourself lotion bars might be the perfect fit for you to offer family and friends. In fact, they make natural personal gifts for all occasions. Lotion bars can be created with either a masculine or feminine touch. Scented with lavender, they can be added to a baby shower gift. Shaped like a heart, they are well suited for Valentine’s Day. A flower mold is ideal on Mother’s Day. The mixture can also be set into a square pan
and cut into bars when cooled.
There are plenty of ways to customize your gifts with exotic scents, oils and healthy minerals. As well, they can be designed to help sensitive skin, and to relieve pain and other conditions. Not only does making your own lotion bars save you money, but also they are easy to pop into
your purse; and they are easier to use than bottled lotions. Lip balms also are the perfect natural gifts to give to those who are in the habit of frequently applying moisture to chapped lips.
The method of heating and mixing is basically the same for all bars. Taken from an online link, this popular recipe is one you might like to try.
Easy Lotion Bars Recipe
• 1 cup coconut oil
• 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter, or mango butter (or a mix of all three)
• 1 cup beeswax
• optional: essential oils of choice
optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double
boiler or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in
it. UPDATE: For a low maintenance approach, combine ingredients in a
quart-size glass mason jar, then place jar into a small saucepan of water
until melted. This will save your bowl because you can designate this
jar just for this type of project and not even need to wash it out!
Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients
constantly until they are melted and smooth.
Remove from heat, let cool a bit, then add any desired essential oils
and/or vitamin E. Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.
Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars
to harden in (ideas below). I used silicone baking cups for easy removal,
though any mold would work. Allow the lotion bars to cool completely
before attempting to pop them out of the molds.
This recipe makes 12 bars. By working off the same measurements, you can either double or halve the recipe.
Happy Holiday DIY gift giving lotions.
Larraine writes a children’s illustrated book series on composting and pollinating. To view, visit www.castlecompost.com.