Natural Mothers Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe Tutorial
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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Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.