I am really not exaggerating when I say I love these bars. I use them instead of a commercial facial moisturizer and lotion, to get rid of dry elbows and feet, and to moisturize the ends of my hair.
They are extremely easy to make and make great gifts. You can also play around with additives such as cocoa powder, vanilla, lavender buds, coffee beans, etc to customize the scent and add variety.
-Coconut Oil, or any carrier oil (grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc. )
– Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
-10 drops essential oil (Completely optional. I love the way they smell without any additional scents)
– Muffin Tin, Ice cube tray or soap mold
To determine how much of each ingredient you will need to fill your muffin tin or soap mold with water. Then pour that water into a measuring glass. Divide the amount you just measured by three and this will be the amount per ingredient.
Heat the beeswax in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a pan of boiling water with a mason jar set inside of it (place your ingredients in the mason jar and the lid under the jar).
Add the beeswax first. After your beeswax has melted, add the other ingredients. Heat until all oils are liquid. Then simply pour into your mold/muffin tin. Be careful with the hot oils! I did not use any sort of liner and was able to easily pry my lotion bars out with a spoon after they had cooled.
Let the bars sit overnight or put them in the refrigerator for a few hours. My bars looked like this:
You can store them in a plastic bag, tupperware, etc.