Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lovely Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are unique and make wonderful gifts. Simply package them in a travel candle tin with some tissue paper and your label on the top!




Recipe:
5 oz. Beeswax
8 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
4 oz. Mango or Shea Butter
2 oz. Cocoa Butter

1. You'll need a microwave safe dish with a handle and spout, a spoon, and molds--my favorites for this project are the little Guest Molds. Try the Guest Sun and Moon, the Guest Mini Dragonfly, or the Guest Bee Soap. Make sure to have a pot holder handy because melting beeswax can get pretty hot! Optional ingredients are color and fragrance (the examples shown are uncolored).

2. Spoon the beeswax into the container and melt in the microwave for 6-8 minutes. I like to do this in couple minute bursts and mix in between to make sure my dish doesn't overheat to the point of breaking.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients once the wax is melted. Let the heat of the wax melt the butters.


4. Add color and/or fragrance. For the recipe above, use 1/4 oz. fragrance and about 1/4 teaspoon of color per recipe. No food color.

5. Pour the melted mixture into your molds. If you don't like the results, you can remelt the entire batch and add more color or fragrance.



Tip: If your balm is very hot when you pour, it is more likely to crack on the tops as it cools. If you start getting cracks, pour at a lower temperature. Wait for 1 hour before moving, then cap, label and use. I like to put mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes to help them pop right out of the mold. Try using the Bug-Be-Gone Synergy Blend with an inspect inspired mold. You'll be a real hit at any outdoor festival or market this summer.

8 comments:

  1. Great tutorial - love how white your lotion bars turned out too.

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  2. Beautiful! Could these be molded into a push tube?

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  3. How cute! Now I feel like making some...

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  4. They are super easy to make and you can mold them in a push tube.

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  5. I'm just curious.. I know this is an older post, but would you recommend adding a preservative? or will these last a generous amount of time??

    thanks

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  6. Good question, Steph. Lotion bars don't require a preservative because there is no water in the recipe. They will last as long as the oil with the shortest shelf life. For example, if you decide to use sunflower oil instead of sweet almond in your recipe, the bars will last 6 to nine months.

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  7. If I wanted to make this without beeswax and used candelilla wax instead, would I just drop the amount of wax? thanks

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  8. This are great - this recipe will make about 10 of the push tubes with some left over -- I also make three bars (it was a snowflake mold I got at Otion - they are some good size bars) very nice -- felt a little greasy at first but then once it absorbed into my skin (within seconds) -- very soft - I'm making these to not only give away but to help my daughters super dry skin and excema. Also one thing I would suggest is to warm whatever oil you are going to use -- I poured it into the warm butter and wax mix and it seized up in a hurry -- I just put them both back in the microwave for another minute or so and presto ready for business. Thanks for a great idea.

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