Monday, March 10, 2014

Simply Elegant: DIY Lotion Bars

I hope you had a good weekend, I am still thoroughly enjoying my 3 day weekend, very much!  I can't say that it was all too productive, but it was pretty relaxing and much needed!

A while ago I shared with you my recipe for Homemade Lotion, which I have been using religiously all winter long.  But today I thought I would share with you another one of my favorite DIY products and I use year round, Lotion Bars.  I think a little over a year ago I didn't even know what a lotion bar was, I know many still don't.  It looks like a little bar of soap, but as you rub it on your skin the heat from your skin causes the solid lotion to melt and leaves a nice thin layer of lotion.  They are light weight, but still very moisturizing.  Easy to travel with, because you don't have to worry about a container opening or spilling anywhere, and very easy to make.

My easy go to recipe is to use 1/3 part beeswax, 1/3 part solid oil, 1/3 part liquid oil.  You will need a mold, I have a silicone soap mold, this one here.  I recommend using a silicone mold because you don't have to worry about the temperature of the liquid when pouring it in, if you use a plastic mold you may have issues!  Joann's and Michael's often have fun seasonal silicone molds, around Christmas I got one with holiday shapes and was able to make fun little stocking stuffer lotion bars.  Since they almost always have a 40% off coupon available it makes them quite affordable.  I think I paid around $12 for the circle one, which is the one I use most often, so I consider it a good investment.

I have tried different combinations of solid and liquid oils and this is my favorite combination.
  • 1 cup beeswax
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
I have always purchased most of my ingredients from Bulk Apothecary.  They have the best prices and the quality is great.  I have yet to find the liquid oil anywhere for prices that can compare to those at Bulk Apothecary.  The beeswax comes in little pellets to I feel like it is easier to melt down, versus a large brick that it can also be purchased in elsewhere.

Using a double boiler, I start with melting down the beeswax.  Once that is melted I add in the coconut oil, and again once it is all melted I add in the almond and avocado oils.  I am constantly stirring the ingredients to help them heat evenly and melt down quicker.  The beeswax takes the longest to melt, just be patient because each ingredient progressively melts down quicker!

Once you have everything melted down simply pour into your mold and let sit.  I usually make them in the evening and let them sit over night, by morning they are hardened and ready to use.  I found the perfect size round tin containers at the Container Store for the size mold that I have.  I just pop them in, and keep them everywhere!  The recipe is super simple to make adjustments to, using different oils, or even adding in essential oils.  I always go back to this combination because it is very neutral, it has a light coconut sent and doesn't feel greasy even in the summer.  Hope you enjoy!

PS.  We raised nearly $180K towards the fight against breast cancer at our annual Dancing With Chicago Celebrities Charity Ball last Friday!

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