Best Lotion Bar Recipe: A Variation to Suit All Skin Types


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

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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
  • bain-marie

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.

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Liquid poured into silicon moulds

*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-prone10 x petitgrain, 5 x lemongrass, 3 x tea tree, 1 x  each rose geranium and ylang ylang
dry, ageing, damaged4 x each frankincense ,helichrysum, patchouli and sandalwood, 2 x rose or ylang ylang
normal, combination14 x lavender, 2 x each rose geranium and palmarosa, 2 x jasmine or neroli, rose or ylang ylang
sensitive12 x lavender, 2 x each chamomile, helichrysum & palmarosa, 2 x jasmine or neroli or rose
eczema, psoriasis4 x each frankincense, helichrysum, lavender and sandalwood, 2 x chamomile, 2 x  jasmine or rose
stretch marks, scars5 x each helichrysum, lavender and patchouli, 2 x each neroli and rose geranium


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  1. Doris on

    Thanks for sharing this bar lotion It new and unique I can wait to have this lotion.

  2. Susan on

    How many bars does this make? How much essential oil would you use if you were just doing 1 or 2 scents together? These look great. My mother would love one. I’ll have to get a mold to make them. Thanks for sharing.

    • NMNadmin on

      Hi! This recipe makes 6 bars that are 5cm x 1 cm. If only using a couple of essential oils I would up the drop amounts accordingly and relative to one another- the best thing is to experiment- just don’t overdo it if you have sensitive skin.

  3. Thanks! Just pinned this for future reference :)

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I pinned you. I can’t wait to try this.

  5. Jamie on

    What a wonderful resource, and great tips for how to do this successfully. I was just looking for something very nice to make my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day…something my teenage daughters can do with me. This fits the bill perfectly.

  6. Thanks for sharing this post on Wildcrafting Wednesday. You’re one of this week’s featured posts. I love lotion bars, and these recipes look great!

    • NMNadmin on

      Thank you very much and thanks for featuring the lotion bars- they are so easy to make and feel so special on the skin!

  7. win on

    Hi Rebecca, I think you should become a chef rather than a photographer. I’m sure your children would be proud of having a mother who is good at cooking.

  8. Jerri on

    Love this! What a great gift idea! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! I’m featuring you this week. Come by and grab my featured button if you’d like one.

    • NMNadmin on

      Thank you- I am honoured x

  9. Yola on

    Awesome product and I really want to try it. It is great because I see that it is natural product and I am pretty much sure that it doesn’t contain any chemicals that can damage our skin. Hope that the people who already try this can feel contentment.

  10. Bacne on

    Oh man. Love the idea of making my own, but honestly it’s a way scarier project than any pasta recipe or something, haha.

  11. jelli on

    I love coconut oil and would love to make this. Now I just have to try to find the beeswax somewhere here in Costa Rica. That could be a chore.

    • NMNadmin on

      Good luck! I suppose there has to be ‘one’ drawback to living in Costa Rica;-)

  12. I just started making homemade soaps. I will have to try these out!