PACKAGING-FREE DIY LOTION BARS

In an age where limiting plastic is essential, this recipe caught my eye. It is for lotion bars by our friend The Cosmetics Chef. It’s a great, easy recipe that is fun for the whole family. It also teaches good environmental values.

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WHAT IS A LOTION BAR?

It’s body lotion which is solid at room temperature and looks like a bar of soap. When you rub it on your skin, small amounts of the bar melt and are transferred to the skin, leaving a moisture-rich, thin layer behind. It is also easier to make than lotion because it doesn’t require any emulsifying.

TO MAKE YOUR LOTION BARS

There are endless ways to adapt this lotion bars recipe. The Cosmetics Chef book has a fantastic essential oils guide with all the different benefits of each oil, or go to her website, http://thecosmeticschef.com, sign up for the newsletter and get the guide for free. Add a few drops of your favourite oil to the recipe below.

Bergamot is often used in the treatment of depression, stress, tension and eczema. Add a few drops to your lotion bars recipe to soothe the senses.
Citronella is a great choice for a bar that will ward off insects and balance oily skin.
Ginger will energise the skin and stimulate circulation. And the list goes on and on.

(RELATED POST: It’s very easy to make body lotion)

Ingredients:

50g Beeswax
50g Shea Butter
50g Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Vitamin E

By the way: Vitamin E is not only good for the skin, but it’s an anti-oxidant that will help prevent the lotion from going rancid.

You can buy all these ingredients from a health shop. Our favourite online organic store is Faithful to Nature.

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a double boiler or a glass bowl over a saucepan with 1 inch of water. If you are adding essential oil, do this at the end.
Bring water to a boil. Stir the ingredients until they are melted and smooth.
Remove from heat, let cool a little, and add any desired essential oils, stirring by hand.
Pour the mixture into moulds like cupcake holders or other baking cups. Have fun with different shapes.
Place in the fridge to set!

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