Homemade Lotion Bars


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!


Homemade Lotion Bars by Maren and Mom

Bees Wax

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


Measuring out our Shea Butter.

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.


I don't have a double boiler, which is ideal for this, but instead, I just placed a pan over a pot of boiling water (top pot not touching water).  In my second round when I had to re-do my messed up vanilla bars, I used a glass pyrex measuring cup on top of a metal veggie steamer in a pan with a bit of water boiing water below.  You can be creative.
Melt your bees wax.  It looks dark and the more you melt it and re melt it the "cleaner" looking it gets.
Add in your second ingredient, melt, add your third ingredient, melt, add your oils- stir.
I warmed a glass pyrex measuring cup in the microwave and poured my liquid mixure into that to have more control when pouring the hot wax into the silicone molds.
I poured away and then put them in the refrigerator to set for a couple of hours.  After they were set, they popped right out and were ready to use.
Homemade Lotion Bars by Maren and Mom
Ta-da!!  Pretty inexpensive natural lotion bars!  My hands have been so dry this winter- this works like a charm.  To use the lotion bar, rub the bar until it warms slightly and the lotion comes right off on your skin. I am keeping mine on my kitchen counter on a cute little dish.  I've put my "extras" in cute little bags to give to a few friends and storing the rest in a big Ziplock bag.

Yay, for getting rid of dragon hands!
Homemade Lotion Bars by Maren and Mom

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I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.