Lotion bars!

Eeep, it's Christmas super soon!
Do you need last minute gifts that are useful and wholesome, and quick to whip up? I remember buying my daughters some lotion and bath products when I didn't know any better... now I cringe at what they may have put on their skin!

These natural moisturising lotion bars should do the trick!

What's a lotion bar?
It looks like soap, but it's lotion.
It is firm but melts when applied to your skin.
It's normally a combination of wonderful butters, and oils and some wax to create a solid but spreadable final product.

Nourishing and soothing do your dry skin all you need to do is massage the bar on your skin and let your body's natural heat melt the lotion, then do what you normally do with lotion, spread it and enjoy its beautiful aroma!

Version 1
Version 2
⅔ cup beeswax
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup cocoa butter
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 cup beeswax
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup Shea butter

10-20 drops of dōTERRA essential oil (see suggestions below)
You should find the ingredients for Version 1 at most health food stores. If you don't have Vitamin E, just add a teaspoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil or omit it completely. This will simply result in a slightly harder bar.

Measure all ingredients, except for essential oils, in large glass jar.
Place jar in saucepan with one to one and a half inches of boiling water.
I like to sit my glass jar on top of a steaming insert (with the middle bit unscrewed), and add water so it covers the bottom of the glass jar to about 1-2 inches.
Stir ingredients while they are melting.
Once melted, remove from heat.
Let rest three minutes.
Add essential oils and stir.
Pour mixture into silicone mold.
Let mixture harden two to three hours.
Wrap in plastic wrap and store in container until ready to use.
Massage lotion bar on skin for moisture.

Recommended essential oils and combinations:
Bergamot and Juniper Berry
Eucalyptus and Lavender
Douglas Fir and Grapefruit
Spearmint and Patchouli
Rosemary and Peppermint
Lemongrass and Spearmint
Citrus Bliss®

If you want to add any exfoliants such as: oats, desiccated coconut, botanicals or whatnot, make sure they don't scratch first (always test... and don't ask how I know this!), and 2nd add them to the bottom of your mould before pouring the mixture in there.

You could also pour this into a deodorant tube (either push-up or twist up) for easy application. You could use seasonal silicone moulds and present them in a glass jar (think ice cube trays: snowmen for Christmas, hearts for Valentine's Day, egg shapes for anyone who has a birthday around Easter or Spring, flowers for a summer birthday).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not use lotion bars containing citrus if you are about to go out in the sun. See this post for more information.

If you need oils, have a look here and get in touch with me if you have any questions using the linked icons at the bottom of this post!

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