Natural Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

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DIY Beauty and Skin Care Recipe - Homemade Natural Lemon Basil Lotion Bar Recipe

I originally shared this natural solid lotion bar recipe on Kanelstrand blog back in November of 2012. But just in case you missed it, I wanted to share it here as well. After all, the natural fragrance of this homemade solid lotion bar is just perfect for summer! And we all know keeping our feet moisturized and looking great is a priority if we’re going to sport sandals or hit the beach! This simple solid lotion bar recipe yields one 3 oz. lotion bar, although it can easily be increased by simply doubling the recipe once, twice, or more!

DIY Handmade Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. beeswax
1 oz. refined shea butter
1 oz. olive oil
15 drops lemongrass essential oil
15 drops basil essential oil

Directions:

You will need to use a mold for this solid lotion bar recipe. I chose to use an empty 3.6 oz. container of my favorite ice cream – Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino – that I simply washed out and allowed to dry. However, you can also use a silicone muffin cups or these super cute flower shaped silicone baking cups. You’ll also need a digital kitchen scale, a glass measuring cup, a metal or plastic utensil, and your microwave.

How to Make Solid Lotion Bars - Easy DIY Homemade Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar RecipeStart by weighing out the beeswax and shea butter. Place in a glass measuring cup, then melt at reduced power in your microwave and stir. Next, weigh out the olive oil and stir into the beeswax and shea butter mixture. Now simply add 15 drops each of the lemongrass and basil essential oils and stir. Pour the liquid lotion mixture into your mold and set aside to cool. You can quickly speed up this process by placing the filled mold in the refrigerator or freezer.

How to Make a Natural Solid Lotion Bar from ScratchOnce your lotion bar has cooled and completely solidified it’s ready to be removed from the mold. I popped my upcycled ice cream container mold in the freezer for a minute or two. As the ice cream mold is wax lined, my solid lotion bar slid right out once I was ready to remove it from the mold! If you used a silicone mold, simply turn the lotion bar out of the mold used.

Beauty DIY - How to Make Solid Lotion Bars - Handmade Natural Lemon Basil Lotion Bar RecipeNow all that’s left is to package your lotion bar to your liking. A 4 oz. plastic jar is perfect for this. To use, simply rub onto skin and massage in. As this is scented with natural essential oils, you can also use this product on your lips.

Did you know that basil essential oil is antibacterial? And, like lemongrass essential oil, it can help to repel biting insects!

Prefer to craft an herbal vapor rub salve for chest congestion and coughs?

Simply substitute the lemongrass and basil essential oils for 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 15 drops of camphor essential oil. Rub onto chest as needed to help relieve symptoms.

For more homemade bath & beauty recipes as well as soapmaking DIY’s be sure to follow me on Pinterest.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Solid Lotion Bars Recipe

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This heart shaped homemade solid lotion bar recipe makes a thoughtful DIY Valentine's Day gift idea!

Want to craft your own homemade Valentine’s Day gifts? Then give this DIY Valentine’s Day Solid Lotion Bars Recipe a try! They are easy to craft – individually or in multiples – and make a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift for any bath and beauty lover on your list! Their heart shape also makes them perfect for gifting as homemade wedding favors. You can also make these for tucking inside Easter baskets as a candy alternative! Just use egg shaped molds instead of hearts.

This heart shaped homemade solid lotion bar recipe makes a thoughtful DIY Valentine's Day gift idea!

DIY Valentine’s Day Solid Lotion Bars Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5 oz. beeswax
3 oz. shea butter
3 oz. hemp seed butter (or any other semi-solid butter at room temp such as shea butter)
1 oz. illipe butter (or you can sub a solid butter at room temp such as cocoa butter)
6 oz. soybean oil (or you can sub any other liquid at room temp oil like olive oil)
1 ml Vitamin E
180 drops (or around 3ml) skin safe fragrance oils (or choice of essential oils)
2 Tablespoons Shimmer Pearl Mica Powder (Or colored mica of choice)

Supplies:

Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold Pan
Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipettes
large glass measuring cup
spoon

Instructions:

This solid lotion bars recipe makes six 3 oz. heart shaped lotion bars. If you prefer to make them one at a time, simply divide the recipe by six. Or to halve the recipe, divide by 2.

You will begin by melting the solid ingredients – the beeswax and illipe butter – in a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave. If melting in the microwave, I recommend melting at 80% power and checking often. Once the beeswax and illipe butter have melted, stir in the shea butter and hemp butter. I was able to melt these softer butters into the beeswax and cocoa butter by simply stirring for a bit – without adding any further heat.

Once the butters are all in liquid form, stir in the soybean oil, fragrance (optional) and Vitamin E. (You should use the pipettes to measure out the Vitamin E and fragrance if desired.) Now stir in two Tablespoons of skin safe mica (optional) and mix well.

DIY Heart Shaped Solid Lotion Bars DIY - Lotion Bars in the Mold

Finally, pour the mixture into your mold and allow to harden completely. You can speed up this process by placing the mold in the fridge or freezer. (If you plan to do this, be sure to place the mold on a hard, transportable surface first such as a cutting board.)

Homemade Valentine's Day Heart Lotion Bars - DIY Solid Lotion Bars Recipe for Valentine's Day Gifts

Once your handmade solid lotion bars have solidified completely remove them from the mold. The silicone mold makes them super easy to pop out.

Handmade Valentine Solid Lotion Bar Hearts DIY

The next step is to wrap the lotion bars. You can do this with any generic plastic cling film. The best cling film to use is one that will stick to itself. Alternately, you can place the lotion bar into an air tight container of your choosing with a lid.

DIY Homemade Valentine Solid Lotion Bar Hearts Recipe - DIY Beauty Gift Idea for Valentine's Day or Wedding Favors

After wrapping the lotion bars, you can label them for gift giving. Include a special message or an ingredient list. The choice is up to you.

Homemade Heart Shaped Solid Lotion Bars DIY - DIY Handmade Wedding Favors and Valentine's Day Gift Idea

Finally, tie a pretty ribbon around the lotion bars for presentation. Looking for more handmade gift ideas for Valentine’s Day? You can find more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas right here on Soap Deli News as well as on my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Pinterest Board!

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DIY Handmade Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

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DIY Handmade Natural Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Recipe - How to Make Solid Lotion Bars
Today I’ve brought my love of coffee and chocolate ice cream together with my fondess for crafting bath and body products! Hop on over to Kanelstrand blog to check out my DIY Natural Handmade Lemon Basil Scented Solid Lotion Bars. These all natural solid lotion bars are simple to make but make a big difference in your skin care routine and they’re scented with only natural, organic essential oils. Plus you don’t need to buy a mold to make them! Learn how to make your own handmade solid lotion bars and grab my customizable handmade solid lotion bar recipe at Kanelstrand here! (Psst. You can also tweak this handmade lotion bar recipe to craft an herbal vapor rub salve for chest congestion and coughs!)
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DIY Bath and Beauty Recipes with Mountain Rose Herbs

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One of the first places I discovered to shop for natural, organic ingredients online when I first started making handmade soap and my own bath and body products was Mountain Rose Herbs. It has since remained one of my favorite online shops for purchasing natural, organic ingredients when quality is of the utmost importance. Additionally, I also turn to Mountain Rose Herbs for 100% organic loose tea blends, medicinal herbs and spices for cooking.

Natural Organic Bath & Beauty Skin Care Ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs

Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for its uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture, sustainable business practices, and a steadfast focus on the pure aesthetics and freshness of botanical products. Their wide range of certified organic product offerings includes bulk herbs and spices, aromatherapy and essential oils, tea and tea supplies, and natural health and body care. Every aspect of product creation is carried out in accordance with strict quality control and organic handling procedures by employees who care. From fragrant and beyond-fresh organic herbs and spices, to soothing essential oils and delicious herbal teas, the quality and integrity of Mountain Rose Herbs is unparalleled – with smiles guaranteed.

Classic Certified Organic Essential Oil Kit from Mountain Rose Herbs

With that said, if you are wanting to get started using essential oils for the first time, then I highly recommend checking out Mountain Rose Herbs’ Classic Essential Oil Kit. This classic kit is perfect for beginners and features the world’s most renowned and popularly used essential oils in one convenient sampler. It is beautifully packaged with usage guidelines on the back of the liner tray and contains an extra bottle with a glass dropper for experimentation. It contains one .25oz. bottle each of the six following certified organic essential oils:

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Essential Oil: Cool, clear, and exceptionally refreshing. Effective vapor rub and air disinfectant for colds and flu. Dilates nasal and bronchial passages. Mild stimulant and antiseptic. Beneficial analgesic for sore muscles. Blends will with peppermint, lemon, and lavender.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) Essential Oil: Highly refreshing and relaxing oil that is clear to light green. Helps the body restore balance and harmony. Mildly sweet, fresh, and warm. Works well with the nervous system. Mild analgesic, sedative, astringent, and skin tonic. Blends well with Rose, Citrus, Rosemary, Lavender, and Basil.

Lavender (Lavendula spp.) Essential Oil: Fresh, floral aroma. Classic ingredient in soaps and perfumes. Helps alleviate stress, induce sleep, and overcome anxiety. Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, spasmodic, anti-depressant, and stimulates new cell growth. Excellent preventative against infections. Mild enough to use by the drop on cuts, scrapes, bruises, sprains, and insect bites. Blends well with many oils adding a smooth, sweet top note.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Essential Oil: Stimulating, refreshing, and bright. Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Used for indigestion and nausea. Excellent for some headaches, fever, colds, and flu. Soothing in steams or massage oils. Classic breath freshener. Blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Citrus, and Rose.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Essential Oil: Physical and mental stimulant. Blend with carrier oil for a soothing hair conditioner, invigorating massage oil, or bath oil. Effective preservative. Stimulates memory and mental faculties. Good for muscular sprains, arthritis, and rheumatism. Do not use if you have high blood pressure.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Oil: Impressive and powerful oil with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Used for infections, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, and many other applications. Do not use on inflamed, broken, or sensitive skin.

The possibilities of this kit are endless. You can use these essential oils to make everything from salves, soaps, scrubs, and body butters to lip balms, solid perfumes and natural, non-toxic household cleaners. Or simply use them for aromatherapy!

Here are just a few super simple recipes I use essential oils for that you may want to give a try:

DIY Basic Bath Salt Recipe

2 cups coarse sea salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil (or other carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, rice bran, or fractionated coconut oil)
1 teaspoon essential oil or essential oil blend of choice

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

DIY Basic Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

Equal parts shea butter, beeswax (or candelilla/Carnauba wax as a vegan alternative), and sweet almond oil (or other carrier oil)
2-4% of your recipe essential oil or essential oil blend of choice

Melt your shea butter and beeswax, then stir in the carrier oil and essential oil and mix well. Place in molds such as cupcake tin until hardened.

DIY Basic Body Butter Recipe

24oz. refined shea butter
2oz. cocoa butter
1oz. rice bran oil (or your choice of carrier oil)
1/4oz. – 1/2oz. essential oil or essential oil blend of choice

Melt the shea and cocoa butters then stir in the rice bran oil and essential oil. Fill desired containers and allow to cool completely.

DIY Basic Lip Balm Recipe

1/2 oz. (by weight) refined cocoa butter
1/2 oz. (by weight) refined shea butter
2 Tablespoons beeswax (or Carnauba Wax/Candelilla Wax as a vegan alternative)
1Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or other carrier oil of choice)
2-5ml essential oil or essential oil blend of choice

Melt your beeswax and butters then stir in the carrier oil and essential oils. Using a pipette, fill lip balm tubes or pour into tins.

To learn more about Mountain Rose Herbs please visit them online.

 

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Quick And Easy Natural Massage Melts Recipe for Pain Relief

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Learn how to craft quick and easy natural massage melts with this simple, natural skin care recipe. A natural substitute for massage oils, this quick and easy natural massage melts recipe is an eco-friendly, green beauty alternative.

DIY Massage Melts & 11 Natural Pain Relief Recipes. Learn how to craft these quick and easy natural massage melts with this simple, natural skin care recipe. A natural substitute for massage oils, this massage melts recipe is an eco-friendly, green beauty alternative as it reduces the need for plastic packaging, thereby reducing waste.

As there’s no packaging to contend with, this holistic beauty recipe lowers your personal carbon footprint as it reduces the need for plastic packaging. Thereby these DIY natural massage melts reduce landfill waste as well as the amount of plastic going into our oceans.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own natural massage melts. Following you’ll also find two optional scent blends that you can use. One is for a muscle pain relief essential oil blend. The other is a tropical fragrance oil blend. Plus discover eleven more great natural pain relief bath and body recipes that you can make at home! 

Quick & Easy Natural Massage Melts Recipe

By Mindy Schwartz (Reader submitted)

Ingredients:

3 ½ oz. of shea butter
3 ½ oz. of beeswax pastilles
2 oz. of jojoba oil
2 oz. of sweet almond oil
¼ tsp. of Vitamin E oil

Equipment:

Mold(s) of your choice
1 digital cooking thermometer
2 Pyrex glass measuring cups
1 small digital postal scale
1 set of measuring aluminum spoons
Wax paper for measuring on the scale
Beeswax wraps to cover Pyrex cups

Directions:

Step 1:

Gather all equipment onto a clean, sterile surface. Place a sheet of wax paper over the small digital postal scale to measure out the shea butter and beeswax base. Place base in a Pyrex cup and cover with beeswax wrap. Melt ingredients, completely, in the microwave.

Step 2:

While the base is melting, use the second Pyrex cup for your jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin E, and essential/fragrance oils (if used). Mix, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.

Step 3:

Once the base has melted, mix thoroughly. Pour the Pyrex cup from step 2 into the base Pyrex cup, mix together, and pour into your mold(s). Set aside for a couple of hours to cool and set. When soft, transfer the melts to the fridge until they are really hard. They should just pop out of the molds easily. Massage into skin and let product become absorbed. Due to melting properties, keep unused portions out of direct sunlight and store in a cool place.

Note:

If you plan on using essential and/or fragrance oils in your natural massage melts recipe, place a digital thermometer in the melted shea butter and beeswax base. Wait for the temperature to drop down to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything higher will burn off the fragrant oils.

After the temperature has reached this point immediately dump your Pyrex cup from step 2 into the Pyrex cup with the base, mix quickly, and pour into your mold(s). Follow the rest of step 3 instructions for making these quick and easy natural pain relief bath melts.

Muscle Relief Essential Oil Blend

½ tsp. of Eucalyptus essential oil
½ tsp. of Peppermint essential oil (do not use if pregnant)
30 drops of Rosemary essential oil

Tropical Fragrance Oil Blend

(Substitute shea butter with mango butter)

½ tsp of Heliotrope fragrance oil
¼ tsp of Coconut Milk fragrance oil
30-50 drops of Tahitian Vanilla fragrance oil

Mindy Schwartz is a writer for the handmade beauty industry, as well as, the owner of a handmade bath and body business called Grayson’s Apothecary of Beauty.

Explore More Natural Skin Care Alternatives

If you enjoyed this recipe for quick and easy natural massage melts, then you may also enjoy my green beauty friendly shaving soap recipe.

Lastic Body's Pain Relief Melt Muscle Rub. Hand crafted with 100% natural, high quality ingredients like black cumin seed oil and white camphor essential oil, long known for their muscle-soothing effects, ginger and capsicum to gently warm the skin and mint and menthol to cool sore, tired muscles.

Or, if you prefer to purchase a similar product, I recommend Lastic Body’s Pain Relief Melt Muscle Rub. Hand crafted with 100% natural, high quality ingredients like black cumin seed oil and white camphor essential oil, long known for their muscle-soothing effects, ginger and capsicum to gently warm the skin and mint and menthol to cool sore, tired muscles. Buy it here.

This natural pain relief salve recipe with arnica and ginger essential oil is made with just four simple ingredients to relieve inflammation and ease pain associated with muscle pain, arthritis, sprains, fibromyalgia, bruises and carpal tunnel. Make this natural home remedy in just ten minutes or less!

Natural Pain Relief Recipes

Alternately, you may also like these other natural pain relief recipes.

Or shop from some of my favorite natural home remedies on Etsy.

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