Natural Lotion Bars


1 part coconut oil, 1 part shea butter, 1 part grated beeswax; gently melt them all together, and add essential oil scent of your choice

I’m quickly using my very small supply of shea butter and will have to order some more!  So I made a small batch of “lotion bars” but did not make them into bars; I poured the liquid into very small lidded tubs I found at Dollar Tree, 10 for $1.

The recipe:

  • 1 part coconut oil
  • 1 part shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part) 
  • 1 part beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
  • Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve
  • I added:  essential oil

I mixed up the basic recipe in a glass jar placed in a pan of water on very low heat on the stove, allowing the coconut oil and shea butter to melt very slowly.  Meanwhile I grated the beeswax with a grater that I will *only* use for now and forever more for beeswax.  Once you grate beeswax with the grater, you can’t get it out.  Another option, if you don’t want to be grating beeswax, is to buy beeswax pastilles, little balls of beeswax that you can measure and use that way.  I added the grated beeswax and stirred everything together with a pair of chopsticks.  Once that’s all melted together and runny, you pour it out and let it set up.  That’s it!

IMG_2241Since I had ten new empty containers to play with, and had a small recipe to start with, and wanted some different scents, just to try them all out, I decided to open up the containers and sprinkle 10 drops of essential oil into each one of the separate containers.  So one container is lavender, one is rosemary, one is grapefruit, one is rose, and one is peppermint.  So far I really love the peppermint!  I didn’t use any fresh or dried herbs or lemon rind shavings or dried flowers of any sort, although all of that could be added, for fun.

I’ve used this, since it set up, for hand lotion — it’s great!  The only thing bad about it is that I wrote on the lids with a marker.  The marker is coming off, bit by bit, every time I open the lid.  The lotion feels wonderful — it’s quite possibly the best lotion I’ve ever used.  I want to make another batch, a bigger batch, once I get a new supply of shea butter, and really go for it.  This would make great gifts, whether they’re made as loose “lotion bars” or whether they’re used out of little lidded tubs.


About Susan Bame

Writer, Mediator, Facilitator, Teacher, fascinated with indigenous forms of conflict resolution. I love watching people become empowered. I have a master's degree in conflict resolution and a personal interest in organic food, detoxing and healing the body, alternative holistic approaches to health, self-empowerment and win-win solutions through mediation, Structured Water™, and energetic healing. I lived on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska for ten years, worked with Native families in the area, and have a great interest in Native history, culture, practices, traditions, stories, and current affairs. View all posts by Susan Bame

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