Mr. President says I bite off more than I can chew because I’m always getting into multiple new hobbies at once and looking for my next new obsession. I can’t even keep up with my own interests. So many potential hobbies, so little time!
That’s what happened when I first started playing around with essential oils, DIY cleaning products and DIY personal care products. I was inspired by the Mountain Rose Herbs catalog that showed up at my house one day and later, Shannon Buck’s awesome book (read my review here) about how to make all of your own beauty products. It was then that I ordered these really cute silicone molds for making the lotion bars from her book.
But by the time I got the molds, I had already started obsessing about beekeeping and learning how to make homemade sourdough bread, so the molds sat in our kitchen drawer for months. Every time I opened the drawer, I saw them there reminding me that I’m supposed to make lotion bars.
And now finally, I have made the lotion bars! I LOVE them. Shannon Buck presents the recipe in sort of a modular format – you have lots of options for using different ingredients based on your preferences and what you have on hand. I highly recommend her book if you are at all interested in making wholesome, chemical-free beauty products. We don’t focus enough on how to be healthy from the outside in often enough.
This recipe is how I made the lotion bars with my chosen ingredients, and many of them I purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have an astonishing array of ingredients for DIY beauty, herbs, teas, spices, and even containers. I chose Ms. Buck’s suggested “euphoric” aroma blend of lemon, lime peel, peppermint, petitgrain, and rosemary because who doesn’t want to feel euphoric? The scent is beautifully uplifting, and as you swipe the bar over your skin, the luxurious oils just melt right in.
You don’t need fancy molds for these at all, you could just use a silicone muffin pan. Do use silicone though because the finished lotion bars will slide right out of them with almost no effort. Besides a healthy indulgence for yourself, these portable bars can be wrapped up nicely to make beautiful gifts.
Ingredients (makes 10 ounces – with my molds, I got 10 small lotion bars)
5 tablespoons (packed) grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
3 tablespoons cocoa butter
3 tablespoons mango butter
5 tablespoons sunflower oil
Euphoria essential oil blend: 12 drops lemon, 24 drops lime peel, 12 drops peppermint, 25 drops petitgrain, and 25 drops rosemary
Set up a double boiler on your stovetop by placing a glass measuring cup with a pour spout in a small saucepan with a few inches of water in the bottom. Place the beeswax and cocoa butter in the measuring cup and bring the water to a gentle boil to melt them together. Once they are almost melted, add the mango butter and sunflower oil, stirring until everything is melted completely.
Turn off the heat and stir in your essential oils. If you don’t use this blend, you can use any essential oils that you like, up to 120 drops. Carefully pour the hot mixture into your chosen molds and let the bars cool to room temperature. I recommend popping them into the freezer for 30 minutes if you are using molds with intricate patterns like mine. Everything will come out better.
Store the bars in a cool place because they’ll melt if they get too warm. Enjoy!