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DIY Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

March 12, 2009

I have had several customers inquire about lotion bars. These, unfortunately do not hold up in the summer heat as they’re made to melt at body temperature making them near impossible to sell on the downtown market. But, you can make your own! Here’s an easy recipe to try. Look for supplies at Mountain Rose Herbs.

DIY Solid Lotion Bar Recipe - How to Make a Solid Lotion Bar

Lotion is for Sissies Bars

Recipe courtesy of Arizona Spa Girls.

Say goodbye to dry skin by ditching that cliché plastic bottle of lotion and trying these lotion bars! Use this easy recipe to make a special homemade gift or for yourself!

You’ll need:

4oz. kokum (or mango or shea butter)
4oz. beeswax (refined beads in yellow or white)
4 or 5 ounces liquid vegetable oil such as jojoba or sunflower
2 to 4 teaspoons essential or fragrance oil
1 tablespoon jojoba wax spheres

Here’s what you do:

Melt butter, pour into 16-ounce Pyrex measuring cup and add beeswax and colored jojoba. Melt in microwave. Add liquid vegetable oil, using 4 ounces for a hard bar, or 5 ounces for a softer bar. Mix thoroughly and add essential oil or fragrance oil when mixture has cooled slightly. Pour into small soap molds. Pop out when cool, about two hours. For best results, put in refrigerator for a few minutes before popping out of mold.


  • Elodie

    June 17, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    These look so cuuuute 🙂

  • Charissa

    June 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    What a fun idea…this would be a fun little girl gift if really girly molds were used! Love it.

  • Its A Blog Party

    June 21, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Thanks for sharing Rebecca!

  • Stephanie {Luxe Boulevard}

    June 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for linking up to the Throwback Thursday link party. Linky open through Sunday.


  • Donna

    June 30, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    how fun!!

  • Grace

    January 9, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Just found you via Pinterest!

    Are the ounce measurements liquid or weight? Help a Canadian out! :o)

  • Anonymous

    February 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    This looks so terrifi but what are Jojoba oil spheresa nd where can you get them?

  • cat

    March 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    very cool…. but how do you use them? In shower in place of soap? Or just keep on hand or in purse and use them as needed instead of keeping lotion bottle or tube?

    Love this.

  • Rebecca D. Dillon

    March 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    You would use them the same way you would regular bottle lotion. You can keep them in a tin or flat, round plastic container to carry in your purse. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    March 31, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Hi Rebecca, I’m trying to live a plastic free life, so I’m trying to put together a lotion I can make where all the ingredients are sold in either glass or paper or any other non plastic container. I have a few of these ingredients already, but I don’t see that I can get the jojoba oil spheres not sold in plastic. Is this ingredient integral to the recipe?

  • Rebecca D. Dillon

    March 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    You could omit the jojoba spheres or simply use liquid jojoba oil.

  • Anonymous

    May 2, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I googled jojoba wax spheres – not sure how/where to buy them. Also which essential oil did you use from mountain rose – they only have a million choices! Thanks! Stephanie

  • Anonymous

    August 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    would love a recipe that uses up lotion in bottles. I have a ton of lotion, but don’t care for it in its regular form. any ideas how to make these out of pre-made lotion?

  • Matilda

    October 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    How many bars is this recipe for?

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Rebecca D. Dillon

    October 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    The number of bars depend on your mold size. Just total the weight of all ingredients then divide by the weight your molds hold to determine the number of bars.

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