Make. Your. Own.

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 3.57.30 PMFor the past couple of years I’ve been teaching Do It Yourself classes mostly on self-care.  The concoctions demo’ed in those classes were mostly taken from other sites either in their entirety or introduced with my own tweaks.  One of those is on how to make your own lotion bars – this I pilfered from the Health Impact News site (who featured a post from WellnessMama.com).  A friend called me earlier today asking about this ‘recipe.’ And coincidentally, the Wellness Mama is hosting the Wellness Family Summit starting today!  So I thought why not start with her recipe for your very own lotion bars!

You can make this with either shea butter or cocoa butter. I love the cocoa butter smell!  But I have made it with either one. Both work perfectly fine. I prefer to have my lotions unscented so I skipped most of the recommended essential oils.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shea or cocoa butter
  • 2/3 cup grated beeswax
  • Optional:  1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil (I also skipped this when I made mine, but I think it’s a good idea to add)
  • 2 ounce glass jars (to be used as molds or storage)

How to make:

Fill a quart sauce pot with roughly 1/3 full of water (or a couple of inches deep) and put on a slow simmer. Mix all ingredients in a mason jar. Put a lid on jar. Put jar in the pot till all ingredients have melted & blended well.  You may need to shake the jar a bit. Once melted, pour immediately into the glass jars and let cool and set. This recipe should yield about 6 of those 2 ounce jelly jars? I always end up using an assortment of jars when I make this so I don’t know for sure.  Takes about 4 hours maybe for the mixture to solidify.

How to use:

  • To moisturize: In lieu of lotion. Apply on dry skin. The warmth of your skin will melt the ‘lotion’ and absorbed in no time.
  • To help soothe irritated skin, or skin eruptions like eczema or diaper rash on a baby
  • Just for the heck of it because it smells great (with the cocoa butter)

To see the full WellnessMama post, click here.

Now go do it!

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