One of the easiest balms to make using the wide range of lipid compounds, oils, butters, and waxes are stand-alone Lotion Bars.
These lotions do not need a jar or tin to hold them and are infinitely variable using a few supplies, and are simple to make.
The recipe breaks the ingredients into thirds;
1/3 liquid oil
1/3 plant butter
Here’s a simple recipe I put together with camellia seed oil, kapangna butter, and beeswax. For scent, I used a lavender absolute.
Melt the oil, butter, and wax together and pour into silicone molds. Once fully cooled and hardened, the lotion bars can be popped out of the molds and wrapped for gift giving.
To begin, you’ll need one or more silicon molds. The molds can be found in kitchen supply stores or bought on the internet. Sometimes they are called candy or chocolate molds and can be found in a wide range of shapes, flowers, hearts, circles, and squares.
These rubber-like molds will give you a beautiful-looking balm with ease. You just need to fully cool and harden the lotion balm for clean removal from the mold.
Melt the wax first, gently over low heat to fully melt the wax. Then add the butter and gently melt into the wax. Finally, add the liquid oil.
When all are melted together, giving it a good stir so that the different elements are fully combined, add the scented material.
Pour the mix into each cavity of the silicon mold and let set. If placed on a tray, the mold can be placed in the fridge or freezer for faster cooling. It is important that the lotion is fully cooled and hardened or it won’t fully release from the mold.
Playing with color and natural pigments;
Working with the natural pigments in some carrier oils and butters, along with infusions. Below are three combinations working with different pigments in the oils and infusions.
In the image above, the green lotion bar is made with 1/3 beeswax, 1/3 green unrefined sal butter and 1/3 infused violet leaves in sesame oil which is also very green. And this is scented with fragrant rose wax.
The pink one is 1/3 beeswax, 1/3 kpangnan butter, and 1/3 raspberry seed oil with a small amount of alkanet root infused in sesame for color. This is scented with tuberose fragrant wax.
And for contrast, the white one is unscented beeswax, murumuru butter, and meadowfoam seed oil, one-third each.
You can replace the beeswax with a plant-based wax to make a vegan salve.
Scent, color, all the different carrier oils, and saturated plant butters, and infused oil possibilities make for nearly limitless opportunities in formulating.
What are you working on? Leave a comment below