I’ve been intrigued with the idea of hard lotion bars for a while. The idea is that it’s a firm bar, but when you rub it on your skin, the warmth will soften the edges of the bar and applies the lotion. Sounds better than the goopy stuff you get out of the bottle, right? Well, things didn’t exactly work out as planned, but I managed to turn it into something different and still very acceptable. Thanks to thankyourbody.com for the initial recipe.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 2 ounces beeswax
- 2 ounces shea butter
- 2 ounces coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 drops sweet orange essential oil
- In a double boiler, melt together the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil until they become a smooth, uniform liquid.
- Turn the heat off and add the olive oil, honey, and essential oil drops.
- In a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners, ladle the mixture evenly between the lined cupcake wells.
- Allow to set on the counter for 7-8 hours, or pop in the fridge to speed up the hardening process.
- This recipe makes 5 bars.
- The problem was…the bars didn’t harden right. It was as though the mixture separated – the tops got hard, but the bottoms were all soft and gooey, no matter now long I let them set (even in the fridge!). I was frustrated because I had just wasted some expensive shea butter, plus the stuff smelled heavenly. I decided to get creative.
- So….if you try this out and the ingredients separate, go to plan B. Mash all the separated bars together using a food processor or any sort of mixing device with a blade. This isn’t exactly easy….the tops of the bars really got rock hard. I think I had to cut them into chunks with a knife, tried the food processor first, and finally got them to blend with an immersion blender by the end. If you know this is the path you’re going to take, it would probably be wise to do this partway through the cooling process. Or, don’t be stubborn and insist that you have to win (like someone I know…:) – microwave them for a few seconds to soften them up before blending.
- After all of the mashing…I fit the end result into a single 4-ounce canning jar. It turns out to be a very solid, but workable type lotion. If you’ve ever used the Burt’s Bees lotion that comes in a tin can, you’ll know what I mean. You sort of scrape up some of the hard lotion, and then (as you’re supposed to with the lotion bars), rub it into your skin. The warmth of your hands will soften the lotion.
- It’s really heavy duty, so I advise using it right before bed (or a period of time when you do not intend to use your hands). It makes them really greasy and you won’t be able to touch anything you value for a while. But, I often use this before bed, and by morning, my hands feel amazing. Excellent for winter.