Summer is finally here and while many of us are spending our days out in the hot sun, the warm weather can do some serious damage to our skin. Making homemade skin moisturizers is a great way to combat dry skin without shelling out a lot of money on high-end beauty products. With just a few simple ingredients, these homemade coconut lotion bars are a great way to nourish and pamper your skin. They also make a great gift idea during the holidays, so make a few extra to share!
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Benefits of DIY Lotion Bars
Why should you make your own lotion bars? Honestly, they are a low waste way to moisturize your skin. With simple, natural, ingredients, these moisturizing lotion bars let you reduce your plastic waste while still maintaining your smooth, healthy skin routine.
Lotion Bar Ingredients and Materials
1 large glass jar with lid
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
2/3 cup Beeswax Pastilles or grated beeswax
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
2 teaspoons essential oils for scent
Silicone soap molds, or muffin cups
How to make your own lotion bars
1. In a large glass jar, combine coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E oil. Place a lid loosely on top or wrap plastic over the top and secure with an elastic band.
2. Fill a large pot with water and set over medium heat. Place jar in pot and bring water to a simmer.
3. As the ingredients start to melt together, occasionally stir the mixture in the jar. Lower the temperature of the heat to low to keep the water at a warm temperature, but not boiling. Continue stirring the mixture over low heat for about 45 minutes or until the mixture has melted.
4. Once melted, add the essential oils. Stir to mix completely.
5. Pour mixture into molds (silicone soap molds or muffin cups work well).
6. Let mixture harden for a minimum of 4 hours before removing from the molds.
7. Wrap with plastic and tie with twine for a perfect gift.
This recipe will make approximately six small lotion bars. Use these bars on damp skin, after your shower. The heat from your skin will transfer a thin layer of lotion to your skin, which will absorb in just a few minutes. How do you keep your skin moisturized during the summer?
More Homemade Beauty Products
Here are a few more natural beauty products you might consider making:
DIY Lavender Milk Bath: This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe will help soothe dry skin and relax your mind and body as you soak your cares away.
Moisturizing Body Wash Recipe: This DIY moisturizing body wash for dry skin is an easy way to restore the moisture to your skin that the dry air just sucks right out of your body.
Rose Sugar Scrub: A great way to use fresh rose petals in your beauty routine.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.