With cracked, hurting hands, I reached for the lotion dispenser…and I came up empty.
Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
I had seen lotion bars once a long time ago, and I thought it was kind of weird. Until I touched the sample they had lying out. For people like me. That just have to touch everything. (Yes. I used to drive my mother crazy. Quit touching was her favorite phrase.)
Having been in this Mad Scientist mood for a long time…insert years here…I decided to make my own lotion bars. Because I was desperate. And I wasn't going to the store. (That'll show them, right?) With a little tweaking, testing, and experimenting, this is the recipe I came up with.
2 oz beeswax
2 oz coconut oil
1 Tbsp Olive oil
Essential oil of your choice - Eucalyptus, peppermint, vanilla, lemon
Mold for lotion bars - silicone molds work fantastic
- Combine the beeswax and coconut oil in a microwave safe container.
- Microwave on high, stirring at 45 second intervals.
- While waiting for the mixture to completely melt, combine olive oil and several drops of essential oil. I used eucalyptus oil, but the choice is yours. I used approximately 25 drops.
- Stir until blended together.
- Once beeswax and coconut oil are completely melted, stir in olive oil mixture until combined. Be careful, this can get hot!
- Pour into molds of your choice. I used a star silicone mold and a silicone ice cube tray.
- Place in refrigerator until set.
- When they're firm, pop out and store in a container. Empty Altoid tins work great. Waste not, want not…
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