I found this idea to make lotion bars cruising pinterest when I ran across this post from blogger Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity. I used her idea and changed the ingredients around a bit to make our own version. This is the first big girl activity I've done with only two and a half year old Maren. She really enjoyed measuring and watching the wax and oil melt. She is slightly obsessed with lotioning up now, but at least she's got hydrated skin!
Note: Disregard the Vanilla Extract in the photo above- Lame! I for some reason thought I could make it smell vanilla-y with it. You can't- it's a liquid and liquids and oils don't mix. Duh! I did end up remaking that batch and adding lavendar oil. That worked perfectly! It's kind of what's so great about this activity. If it doesn't turn out the way you like, re-melt it and add some more of whatever you like!
We went shopping for our goods locally. I found a wonderful honey shop in Oakland called Bee Healthy Honey Shop. They have hives in the Oakland and Berkeley hills and will even come remove swarms from your home and re-home them in their hives or heck you can take a bee keeping class with them if that's your thing. We bought a brick of bees wax for only $10 and the girls got free honey sticks. Yum.
- 1 C Bees Wax
- 1 C Shea Butter
- 1 C Coconut Oil
- 1/4 C Vitamin E
- 1/4 C Grapeseed Oil
- Quite a few drops of Lavendar Oil
I noticed a few doors down there was a shop that boasted Shea Butter for sale, so we went on into Sami African Imports and bought a container of shea butter for $7.
I picked up some Grapeseed Oil and Vitamin E from Trader Joes. We had Coconut Oil at home already, so we were ready to go!
You can make as much or as little as you want. Just use equal proporions of your main components, our ingredients list made 14 medium muffin sized bars.