My calendula infused oil has been soaking in the sun by a window for the past two months, which means it’s finally ready to start using in recipes! This is my first time making a lotion bar and I must say that I’m kind of in love with them! These snowflake bars are the perfect size because they fit easily into your hand and you just rub them anywhere that needs some extra hydration. I have been using these after I shave and they are so moisturizing without being greasy at all!
Here’s What You’ll Need: I’ll post links to everything I used at the bottom of this post!
1. Calendula Infused Oil – If you haven’t made this yet, you can substitute this with your favorite carrier oil. Avocado oil or jojoba oil would be good substitutes for sure!
2. Organic Cocoa Butter Discs – Cocoa butter is super moisturizing and gives these lotion bars a light chocolate scent. So yummy!
3. Organic Beeswax Pastilles – Using beeswax in the lotion bars will make them stay a solid instead of turning into a body butter or cream. It also gives the lotion bars a gorgeous golden color and will lock the moisture into your skin!
5. Silicone Mold – You could really use any silicone mold that you wanted! I liked this snowflake mold because it makes a really nice size lotion bar and is easy to hold in your hand. I also thought they would be cute gifts to give out for Christmas and to use this Winter!
❄️ Optional – You can also add essential oils to this recipe as well! Lavender and Frankincense would be great choices to promote healthy looking skin. I used Peppermint in this batch because I thought it would smell really yummy with the cocoa butter!
Put your double boiler insert in a small saucepan filled halfway with water. Turn the heat to a low boil and add 2 of your ingredients: 1/2 cup of beeswax pastilles and 1/3 cup of cocoa butter.
I like to wait to add in my carrier oil once the other two ingredients have melted and I’ve removed the saucepan from the heat. There’s no need to heat a carrier oil as long since it doesn’t need to melt! If you’re using coconut oil for your carrier oil, you could add it to the saucepan once the other two ingredients are almost finished melting and it should turn quickly into a liquid.
If you’re using calendula oil in this recipe, strain 1/3 of a cup. I used cheesecloth and a rubberband to strain it over a drinking glass!
Once your cocoa butter and beeswax has melted, remove the saucepan from the heat. Add in 1/3 cup of carrier oil and 30 drops of essential oil and give everything a stir!
Before you pour your liquid, I find it helpful to set your silicone mold on a cutting board. Silicone molds can be flimsy and easy to spill if you pick them up, so having a cutting board under it will make it much easier (and safer!) to transfer to the fridge.
Pour your liquid into your silicone mold and fill it to the top. If you add a little too much, don’t worry about it! It’s really easy to pick off the extras once the mixture hardens. This recipe makes 2 lotion bars.
Let your lotion bars cool off and harden in your fridge for about 2 hours. Then remove them from the fridge and turn the mold upside down and pop those babies out! It’s a breeze!
I made 4 lotion bars for my first batch and absolutely love them! I put one on a little tea saucer to keep next to my bed to moisturize my skin after I shower. These should stay a solid without having to be kept in the fridge, but they will melt slightly when they touch your skin. I usually have a little left on my hands after I use it, which I put to good use by rubbing the lotion onto my elbows and hands!
These lotion bars would make super cute gifts as well! I wrapped a few of mine in clear party bags and tied it with a ribbon. Store them in a cool, dry place and they should hold up just fine until you’re ready to give them out for Christmas! If you need ideas for cute ways to label your homemade crafts, you can visit our post about making your own labels for an easy DIY!
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