Tried a new lotion this week. After a couple batches struggling to stay blended (can borax get old?) I decided it was time to finally try a lotion bar, since I’d been wanting to try one for ages.
I started with this recipe that a friend sent me, but I decided to tweak it because #1 the blogger mentioned the bar being too hard for a lot of people’s preference, and #2 I really wanted to include some shea butter. (I once had a shea body butter stick that I LOVED).
So my tweak is:
1 oz beeswax (in pieces so it melts faster
1+ oz coconut oil (I think it was like 1.2, I was not super picky as I weighed the ingredients)
1 oz shea butter
I melted this in a stainless steel pot and and once it was melted, I removed it from the burner and added:
5 drops of lavender essential oil
2 drops of frankincense essential oil
a drizzle of vitamin E oil (again, sorry… but I wasn’t picky)
I poured it into my metal mini-muffin tin, and when they were cooled/hard the popped right out! But even better, is how WELL THEY WORK!! My new little Haitian son has really struggled with dry skin adjusting to our harsh winter climate. I was having to put lotion on him twice a day to prevent dry skin from appearing everywhere. This lotion bar worked so well, that after applying it one evening, his skin was STILL soft and moisturized from the night before! My 9 yr old daughter has been having trouble with very dry skin on her hands as well, and this lotion once again worked amazingly well. Once a day was all she needed. Now I am also trying it on my face. (I need a heavier moisturizer in the winter) I am loving the results. Not greasy, but moisture barrier that keeps my skin from drying out during the day.
If you try to make it, let me know what you think!
*This little batch made 6 1/2 tiny bars in my mini-muffin tin. I worked small as it was a new experiment. I”ll double it next time!