This lotion bar recipe acts a s a perfect base from which you can design your own variation according to skin type -these lotion bars make a great gift too!
Base Lotion Bar Recipe
What you need
- 1 part coconut oil
- 1 part beeswax
- 1 part sweet almond oil or alternative *
- 1 tsp of vitamin E oil
- essential oil combination according to skin type (see below**)
- silicon mould tray
What to do
Place the coconut oil and beeswax in a bain-marie with an inch of simmering water and melt them slowly together while stirring with a bamboo or metal skewer. I have a special heat-proof jug and skewer I use just for lotion and potion making! When they have melted completely, take the jug out of the simmering water and add the sweet almond oil*, stir in well with the skewer. Then add your essential oil combination,** stir this in well and pour the liquid into your silicon mould tray. Allow to cool completely before attempting to pop the lotion bars out. I store ours in a large kilner jar to preserve the oils- ideally a dark-coloured jar would be best for this, as it protects the lotion bars from the light too. For a batch I use 100g of both beeswax and coconut oil and 100 ml of sweet almond oil. I find this is sufficient for our family of 5- a decent sized bar each.
*In the recipe above I’ve used sweet almond oil, as it’s great for normal and combination skin, but also for drying, ageing and damaged skin so- suitable for most families.
** I added lavender, rose geranium, jasmine absolute and ylang-ylang. However, if a family member suffers from oily or acne-prone skin, then substitute the sweet almond oil for grape seed oil. Use Natural Mother’s Calendula Oil for anyone who suffers with eczema, psoriasis, scars or stretch-marks. Then use the appropriate essential oil combination for your skin type: see below.( x = drop)
|oily and spot-prone||10 x petitgrain, 5 x lemongrass, 3 x tea tree, 1 x each rose geranium and ylang ylang|
|dry, ageing, damaged||4 x each frankincense ,helichrysum, patchouli and sandalwood, 2 x rose or ylang ylang|
|normal, combination||14 x lavender, 2 x each rose geranium and palmarosa, 2 x jasmine or neroli, rose or ylang ylang|
|sensitive||12 x lavender, 2 x each chamomile, helichrysum & palmarosa, 2 x jasmine or neroli or rose|
|eczema, psoriasis||4 x each frankincense, helichrysum, lavender and sandalwood, 2 x chamomile, 2 x jasmine or rose|
|stretch marks, scars||5 x each helichrysum, lavender and patchouli, 2 x each neroli and rose geranium|
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