I’m super excited to be contributing to Homespun Aesthetic for a DIY Tutorial on how to make your own Orange Honey Lotion Bars! These things are so amazing for every member of your family, and they are super easy to make on your own. Most of the ingredients can be found at your local health food store, and are relatively inexpensive. The best part is that these are completely natural and free of chemicals and parabens and preservatives – what more could you ask for?
Where/how can you use these solid lotion bars? Just about anywhere and for anyone! Some of my favorite uses:
– Keep a bar next to the kitchen sink to remoisturize after washing dishes.
– Keep a bar in the diaper bag to use as diaper cream. Bonus: this is cloth diaper safe!
– Rub onto freshly shaven skin to keep razor burn away.
– Use a dab on wrists and neck as a cologne/perfume.
So let’s get started….
Some things to keep in mind first:
* I highly recommend starting a “bath and beauty making” set of tools. I use an old saucepan, separate utensils, cutting board, and an old ceramic bowl. This way, I never have to worry about reusing them for food prep.
* I used a soap mold for these, but you can use just about anything that will hold shape and is flexible enough for you to remove the solid bars. I frequently use recycled yogurt containers, silicone cupcake molds, ice cube trays, etc.
Ingredients you will need:
– 4 ounces of cocoa or shea butter (I prefer cocoa butter)
– 4 ounces of beeswax (This can be purchased in a block as shown, or in beads)
– 1 ounce of vitamin E oil
– 2 ounces of a carrier oil, such as coconut, sweet almond, sunflower, or jojoba (I typically prefer coconut, but for this particular batch, I chose to use sweet almond oil)
– 1 Tbs. of raw honey
First, you’ll need to measure out your cocoa/shea butter and add to your saucepan. Place it on a medium low heat and let it start to melt slowly. Do NOT turn your burner above a medium heat, as you don’t want this to boil or risk burning. SLOW is key.
While this is starting to melt, add your beeswax. If you’re using beads, then just measure out your quantity and plop them in the saucepan. If you’re using a block like me, shave it with a knife like so:
Allow the butter and beeswax to fully melt.
When that is melted, add your vitamin E oil and your carrier oil and allow those to melt completely. You’ll want to stir frequently. Keep in mind that when you add a cold oil to the hot oil, it may solidify a bit, but don’t worry… just keep stirring until it melts. It should have a yellow color to it, like this:
Give them a few hours, depending on the size of the mold. Obviously bigger shapes will take longer. Then plop them out onto some waxed paper and allow to set at least overnight to really solidify. I leave them out on my counter, but you can place them in the fridge as well.
To preserve, wrap in plastic wrap, place in a baggie, or in an airtight container. These will last a long time if you preserve nicely.
Note on cleanup: I leave my tools to set out and dry overnight. The oils are much easier to clean up once they’ve solidified. Do not try to wash them right away. Adding water to the oil will just make a slimy, sticky mess. Let them dry, then the next day, scrape away with a scraper and wipe clean with a towel. Easy as pie.
I love the Orange Honey scent, but these are super easy to change up to your preference. The honey can be left out and just about any essential oil can be substituted to change it up.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I’ll be back soon with more great DIYs!