I am a big fan of lotion bars like the ones from Climb On! or Lavishea and I always have one on me in a pocket or bag all winter long. The problem is that $9 for tin of soy wax and shea butter(Lavishea's ingredients) is a huge rip-off. I have plenty of oils sitting around the house these days, and thanks to the internet, I didn't even have to come up with my own lotion bar recipe. Here's what I did:
Gently melt together
- 165 grams coconut oil
- 165 grams cocoa butter
- 165 grams natural beeswax
After the last of the beeswax has melted, add
- 2 grams grapefruit essential oil
*This was not enough essential oil to add fragrance, unfortunately, so next time I'll have to add more. Grapefruit oil is supposed to be a preservative though, so it probably wasn't a waste to use it anyway.
Immediately pour the warm oils into tins, and put the lids on after the bars are completely cool. This recipe filled 11 2oz tins to the top.
The lotion feels lovely and smooth and my poor dry fingers are thankful for the moisturizing help. The total cost per homemade bar is...less than $1.00! AND that's even with using higher quality oils than Lavishea puts in its bars. Buying the tins will probably double that price, but even if I didn't thrift containers this is well worth the time.