Lovely Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are unique and make wonderful gifts. Simply package them in a travel candle tin with some tissue paper and your label on the top!

5 oz. Beeswax
8 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
4 oz. Mango or Shea Butter
2 oz. Cocoa Butter

1. You’ll need a microwave safe dish with a handle and spout, a spoon, and molds–my favorites for this project are the little Guest Molds. Try the Guest Sun and Moon, the Guest Mini Dragonfly, or the Guest Bee Soap. Make sure to have a pot holder handy because melting beeswax can get pretty hot! Optional ingredients are color and fragrance (the examples shown are uncolored).

2. Spoon the beeswax into the container and melt in the microwave for 6-8 minutes. I like to do this in couple minute bursts and mix in between to make sure my dish doesn’t overheat to the point of breaking.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients once the wax is melted. Let the heat of the wax melt the butters.

4. Add color and/or fragrance. For the recipe above, use 1/4 oz. fragrance and about 1/4 teaspoon of color per recipe. No food color.

5. Pour the melted mixture into your molds. If you don’t like the results, you can remelt the entire batch and add more color or fragrance.

Tip: If your balm is very hot when you pour, it is more likely to crack on the tops as it cools. If you start getting cracks, pour at a lower temperature. Wait for 1 hour before moving, then cap, label and use. I like to put mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes to help them pop right out of the mold. Try using the Bug-Be-Gone Synergy Blend with an inspect inspired mold. You’ll be a real hit at any outdoor festival or market this summer.

20 Responses to Lovely Lotion Bars

  1. Anne-Marie July 1, 2010 at 3:50 PM #

    Great tutorial – love how white your lotion bars turned out too.

  2. cmooncandles July 3, 2010 at 4:05 PM #

    Beautiful! Could these be molded into a push tube?

  3. The Caravan July 7, 2010 at 8:39 PM #

    How cute! Now I feel like making some…

  4. Otion - The Soap Bar July 8, 2010 at 3:02 PM #

    They are super easy to make and you can mold them in a push tube.

  5. Stephanie February 12, 2011 at 10:55 AM #

    I'm just curious.. I know this is an older post, but would you recommend adding a preservative? or will these last a generous amount of time??


  6. Otion - The Soap Bar February 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM #

    Good question, Steph. Lotion bars don't require a preservative because there is no water in the recipe. They will last as long as the oil with the shortest shelf life. For example, if you decide to use sunflower oil instead of sweet almond in your recipe, the bars will last 6 to nine months.

  7. Sarah J February 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM #

    If I wanted to make this without beeswax and used candelilla wax instead, would I just drop the amount of wax? thanks

  8. Rebecca Berman November 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM #

    This are great – this recipe will make about 10 of the push tubes with some left over — I also make three bars (it was a snowflake mold I got at Otion – they are some good size bars) very nice — felt a little greasy at first but then once it absorbed into my skin (within seconds) — very soft – I'm making these to not only give away but to help my daughters super dry skin and excema. Also one thing I would suggest is to warm whatever oil you are going to use — I poured it into the warm butter and wax mix and it seized up in a hurry — I just put them both back in the microwave for another minute or so and presto ready for business. Thanks for a great idea.

  9. Suzanne February 4, 2012 at 10:08 PM #

    At what temperature should I add the fragrance oil so that the fragrance doesn’t burn off?

    • admin February 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM #

      It would take really hot oils to burn off the scent, and typically the higher citrus notes go first. You’re safe adding it at 120F or less.

  10. Jackie March 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM #

    Pinning this! My lotion bars have been coming out so hard with too much beeswax – this looks like a much better recipe than I have been using.

    • Otion The Soap Bar March 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM #

      Thanks Jackie! Let us know how you like this recipe 🙂

  11. Lisa September 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM #

    Would this work with all cocoa butter (no mango or shea butter)? I have lots of cocoa butter and almond oil and am looking for a good project for them.

    • Otion Soap September 24, 2013 at 12:34 PM #

      YES! It will be a harder lotion bar but it should work quite well with all cocoa butter. And it’ll smell yummy I’m sure!

  12. amy October 19, 2013 at 9:17 PM #

    Can u tell me where u got the middle mold, the swirly one?thanks

    • Otion The Soap Bar October 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM #

      Hello Amy,
      Sadly I am unsure of the origin of this mold. I checked our parent companies website (Bramble Berry) and was unable to locate it. Since this blog is about three years old it may be difficult to locate this specific mold. However, Bramble berry has a lot of similar molds you should check out!

      Have a great day!

  13. Jackie Futch February 6, 2014 at 9:28 PM #

    I have a 1lb block of beeswax, how do I measure out the 5oz required for the recipe. I’m new at this, should I buy beeswax pellets instead?

    • Otion The Soap Bar February 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM #

      Hi Jackie!

      We weigh everything out on a digital scale. Having a 1 lb block would be really hard to break into smaller pieces, but if you’re willing to get an arm workout in it should be do-able. Having beeswax in pellets would definitely be a bit easier. Hope this helps!


      • Lisa February 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM #

        I grate my beeswax block on an old cheese grater that I now use only for my wax or cocoa butter – nothing food related. It is a bit of a workout, though.


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