Ya’ll have probably seen these all over the internet. Selling ’em as part of a skin care business, I found customers attracted to moisturizing bars, but I myself (I must admit) wasn’t necessarily so keen! Most recipes I attempted were deeply waxy and sticky, sticky, sticky! They took far too long to absorb (unless used on lips or feet before bedtime) and I don’t like “sticky.” With quicker absorption in mind, I changed up the bars, experimented and came out with the following. They seem to go on in a thinner layer, melt sooner and absorb quicker.
- 1/4 C shea (or cocoa) butter
- 1/3 C coconut oil
- 2 Tbs carrier oil (sweet almond or olive oil for a heavier bar and apricot kernel or avocado for lighter)
- 3 Tbs beeswax
- optional: essential oils of choice
Directions: in a double boiler place everything except essential oil (if using). I have a designated cheese grater for beeswax. It takes longest to melt down and if grated, will significantly speed the process. When everything has melted, pour into molds of choice. I use muffin tins, but anything well do!
Placing ’em in the freezer, they will quickly chill and harden. I pop ’em loose by flipping the pan upside down, pressing on the backside of the tin cup. If frozen, they always pop out! I prefer to keep lotion bars in the freezer until ready to use. It preserves the oils and if I need a gift, its ready-made and simplifies life!