You can easily make your own lotion bars that can be kept inside of purses, backpacks, office desk drawers or anywhere else they can be tucked into. Lotion bar sizes can be customized by using any size and shape mold. Breath mint tins, old band aid tins, votive candle holders or any number of items can be used to make lotion bars. Cookie cutters used as molds would make bars shaped for charming gift ideas around the holidays.Credit: wikimedia.org: by Lyn Lomasi
Things You Will Need
Cocoa or shea butter
Carrier oil of choice (sunflower, almond, grape seed, etc.)
Essential oil of your choice
Something to mold the lotion bar in
Gather all of your supplies so that they will be within easy reach.
Place 3 ounces of the beeswax into a double boiler. Add 2 ounces of your choice of cocoa or shea butter. Next, add 3 ounces of your choice of carrier oil. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils so they don't irritate skin.
Turn the stove on. Keep a close eye on the ingredients for your homemade lotion bar. Continually stir as all of your ingredients begin to melt together. Do not let the mixture come to a boil. Once all of ingredients are done melting and thoroughly mixed, remove the double boiler from the heat.
Add 5 drops of your choice of essential oil to the lotion bar mixture at this time. Mix thoroughly. Set the pan aside and allow the mixture to cool while you prepare your molds.
Set up the mold you will be using for your lotion bars. Some ideas for molds are traveling soap containers, breath mint tins and Pringles containers cut down to about 3 inches in height. You can also use cookie cutters.
Place plastic wrap inside of your molds, ensuring that it is as wrinkle free as possible so they surface of the lotion bars will be smooth.
Use a ladle to scoop your lotion bar mixture out and pour into the molds. Once full, cover with plastic wrap and allow to harden for 24 hours.
Take the homemade lotion bars out of their mold after 24 hours and transfer to the packaging they will be kept in. You can keep them in traveling soap dishes, breath mint tins or keep them wrapped in a plastic baggie. Wrapping them in tissue paper is also a nice touch especially if the lotion bars will be given in gift baskets.