Solid Lavender Lotion Bars
How to Make Lotion Bars Using Lavender Oil
A simple Lavender lotion bar will leave your skin softly scented with Lavender and can be made using pure Lavender oil and a few basic natural ingredients.
Lavender lotion bars are great for your skin because they are full of highly moisturizing essential fatty acids contained in the natural oils and butters.
The lotion bar will melt into the skin when rubbed on dry problem areas such as knees, elbows or cracked heels. Store in a cool place as it will melt if left in a hot car although it will not affect it's use only appearance.
I love this Lavender lotion bar as it helps to keep my hard working hands in top shape even more than my regular Lavender body lotion. Great for gardeners or anyone who abuses their hands on a daily basis.
Make a batch up to give as Lavender gifts, as they are a simple project to make with kids using natural safe ingredients. The only caution is that the melted fats will be hot so use adult supervision when pouring into molds. Below is a simple Lavender lotion bar recipe.
Solid Lavender Lotion Bar Recipe
This recipe will make 4-5 bars or quite a few mini tins depending on how big you make them. I have poured them into cupcake tins to make simple round "bars" or you can use silicone cupcake molds or any purchased soap molds to make them prettier. To make Lavender lotion bars you will need the following:
- Large saucepan or large glass Pyrex Mixing bowl with pour spout
- Kitchen scale to measure ingredients
- Metal mixing spoon-wood will absorb oils
- molds, tins, or small lidded jars to pour into
- 4 oz of Raw Coconut Oil, Raw Shea Butter, Raw Cocoa Butter (choose one or a combination)
- 4 oz of Sweet Almond Oil
- 5 oz Beeswax
- 3 tsp of Lavender Essential oil
- 1-2 Vitamin E capsules
Melt the beeswax with the Coconut, Shea and Cocoa butters either on the stove top over medium-low heat or in the microwave using a large glass bowl. Don't allow the mixture to bubble at all but melt slowly stirring as needed until completely liquid then remove from heat.
Add the sweet Almond oil stirring until completely mixed. Allow the mixture to cool for 3 minutes or so then add the contents of the vitamin E capsule which will both benefit your skin and act as a natural preservative. You can also add the contents of a Borage oil capsule or two if you suffer from severely dry skin, Eczema, or Psoriasis. Stir well to combine adding the Lavender oil last.
Depending on the type of molds you are using the mixture may need to cool slightly. If you are using tins or silicone it doesn't matter so much. The mixture needs to be completely liquid to pour or ladle into the containers. If it starts to set up just reheat it slightly on the stove or in the microwave but not too long. This is where having a pour spout comes in handy!
Pour the liquid lotion mixture into the molds or tins and allow to set for about an hour or so before pressing out of the molds. If you are using tins you may be able to turn them out with a few sharp knocks turning the tin on its side. Or leave in the tin and use by rubbing your fingers on the surface and applying where needed.
The Lavender lotion bars are ready to enjoy as soon as they are set up. This recipe makes a fairly solid lotion bar. To use simply warm in your hands until you feel it soften and the oils start to melt.
Apply where needed. It takes a few minutes for your skin to absorb so do not be dismayed by the slight oily feel at first use. For a softer bar add 1-2 ounces more of the fats and yes you may remelt the bars if you're not pleased with your results.
The Lavender lotion bar will last a fairly long time depending how large your mold is. Due to the high concentration of natural fatty acids a little goes a long way to heal and soften damaged dry skin. The natural oils and butters readily penetrate the skin and form a natural protective barrier. Great to use to soften nail cuticles as well!
Once you have mastered making solid lotion bars you can play with the recipe changing scents by using Rose essential oil, pure Peppermint oil or Jasmine instead of the Lavender essential oil.
You can even add a teaspoon or two or real pure vanilla extract or Vanilla essential oil to the mix which makes it deliciously scented. Also experiment with different natural fats such as Kukui Oil, Avocado oil or Mango butter.
This Lavender lotion bar is so much healthier than store bought lotion that contains water, synthetic ingredients and preservatives. You can make quite a few lotion bars cheaply enough to share with friends if you buy the raw ingredients in bulk by the pound. I like to use the lotion bar after a bath or shower to seal in moisture as I tend to suffer from the dreaded dry skin winter itch.
If you apply nightly to your heels and slip on some cotton socks your skin will be soft and smooth. I hope you have enjoyed yet one more way to enjoy Lavender aromatherapy with this easy Lavender oil use.
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