Basics of DIYing: Solid Lotion Bars – A Step-by-Step Guide

I had never heard of a solid lotion bar until I saw a DIY kit at the craft store. I looked at the ingredients inside the kit and realized I had most of these at home and could just make my own, with my favorite scents.

What is a lotion bar?

It is a hard bar of lotion (like a soap bar) that is solid at room temperature. It is very useful for healing drier skin areas such as elbows, heels etc. They absorb fairly quickly and stay longer than liquid lotion. Simply hold the bar in your hands to allow your body heat to warm and soften the bar (in summers, the bars are usually soft and are easy to use). Rub the bar directly on the desired area, or rub the bar on your hands and use your hands to apply the lotion to other parts of your body.

How to make lotion bars?

You will need:

  • A lotion base – either cocoa or shea butter (you can purchase in bulk for cheaper online)
  • 2-3 Essential oils, depending on how many you wish to make
  • Optional: 2-3 Colorants (I made my own colors using beets, turmeric, coffee / tea mixed with water)
  • Lavender pods, dried flower petals or other additions to your soap
  • Molds for different shapes
  • A wooden stick for stirring
  • A glass measuring jar (to melt the lotion)

Or you can just buy the Lotion Bar Kit from craft stores which contains a little bit of everything mentioned above.

What you do:

  • Take a generous amount of shea / cocoa butter into the glass jar. Melt it in the microwave in 30 sec intervals till fully melted. Stir the liquid with the stick to make it uniform. ab457820-b275-4430-8bd9-4249c939b443
  • I made a light rose scented bar first. I used a few drops of beet colorant, vanilla essential oil (5-6 drops) and a few crushed and dried rose petals.
  • Mix everything thoroughly and pour into the molds.
  • Fill the molds with different combinations. I used some rosemary oil with dried rosemary in two of my molds.
  • Let the molds harden for 30 minutes at room temp and then place them in a freezer for an hour.877AA2AB-544A-4767-B7AD-FDC6165B65B5
  • Remove the molds and turn them over. The bar should come out easily enough.
  • Place them in a plastic bag or in a glass jar for storing.

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