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Simple all natural lemon basil solid lotion bar recipe. Or sub the lemongrass and basil essential oils with eucalyptus and camphor for an herbal vapor rub!

Natural Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

July 6, 2013

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


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


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.

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  • Michael

    July 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Hello, I love your blog, so many things that inspire me, this one specially. I’m a Melt and Pour guy { call me a wimp if you want, but that is ok}. I made a Clear Lemon Verbena Basil Bar Soap using 1 LB Clear M&P Soap, 1 Whole Lemon, Leaves from some Lemon Verbena and 15 drops of Basil Essential Oil. I used a loaf pan and it came out looking really good.

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