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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

1/3 beeswax

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.

Technique;

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.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the recipe sheet.

Notes;

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

  • I am just new with this lotion bar. I’ve made balms, but these bars look divine!. I have candaluda flower and dandilions infused in olive oil, pure shea butter, and beeswax from a local bee keeper. So anxious to try this out!

  • Hi Susan, and thank you for the all the valuable lessons on this website.

    I was wondering if I could exclude the butter and just use beeswax to harden (reason is that I made a lip balm with mango butter, beeswax and oil and after time the butter sort of separated and created a weird texture)
    Could this recipe be put in a push up tube?

  • I’ve made body lotion real close 2 these just a different formula. How u keep them from melting? Mine r in the refrigerator.

    • You can use harder butters like kokum or illipe or up the wax proportion. Melting depends on where you live and the season so adjust the recipe to compensate for high temperatures.

  • Love this! I have beeswax from last year’s hives and have been looking for a good recipe for a balm. Ty!!❤️

  • If you DO add a preservative, how much would you put? 1oz like the other ingredients? More? Less?

    And for the molded ones, do you just rub it on your hands/feet/whatever like soap (only without wetting your hands first)?

    • Yes you rub the molded lotion bars on the skin – this is instead of digging a balm out of a g=jar or tin. As for preservative you could add some vitamin E antioxidant if you wanted to. You don’t need very much, less than one ounce.

    • Hmmm dry butters could be ucuuba, murumuru, kpangnan, sal, mafura – and new butters coming on the market all the time.

  • What exactly is a lotion bar and how do you use them? Like hand or body lotion? After bath or anytime? How do you store them?

    • Hi Joanne!
      Lotion, body cream or body butters are usually emulsified skin conditioning products that are water based. Lotion bars on the other hand are anhydrous, they have no water incorporated into them, so they are more firm and hold their shape. Another great thing is, being anhydrous, they don’t usually* require a preservative, though using an antioxidant may be a good idea, depending on the shelf like of the oil you choose and the age of your oils.
      When you think of a lotion bar, think of a lip balm, but in a larger version. I have also seen them in small round tins (salves), and other shapes, but my personal preference are the cardboard push up tubes, like the old fashioned Push Up popsicles! Keep in a cool, dry place, making sure to avoid heat sources.
      When working full time in dental hygiene, I used my bar every day before I started work, after lunch and at the end of the day. It was extremely helpful to prevent cracking on my hands with frequent hand washing. Also, I know some people absolutely love to coat their hands / feet, with a layer of balm cover w/socks @ bed time, for the night and then take off in the morning.
      I hope this helps! If anything I stated is incorrect, please always defer to our host! Thx!

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