Saturday, March 22, 2014

Things that are awesome

Homemade lotion bars:
lotion bars

I can't use most commercial lotions because of the alcohol and perfumes in them. Hence the homemade lotion bars. They're super easy to make, feel fantastic on your skin, last way longer than lotion, and are actually good for you. You can pronounce all the ingredients and explain where they came from (not a laboratory). As an added bonus, when you're melting the ingredients together on the stove it makes your house smell delicious.

I use a very basic recipe like the one found here:

I'm sort of approximate with the measurements; I do include the vitamin E (just poke a hole in a couple vitamin E capsules and squeeze the contents in at the end); and I use a large glass measuring cup over a saucepan as a double boiler because that makes it easy to pour the melted ingredients into silicone molds. A double batch makes enough to last us about 6 months, except for how I always end up giving them away to friends. I don't add any essential oils because I like the subtle coconut scent you get as the bar melts onto your skin and soaks in, but you can add whatever other scents you prefer. As an added bonus, you can make them in whatever fun shapes you want by using different molds. I usually use a basic rectangular one, but we made some snow-person shaped bars to give as gifts at Christmas.



  1. Anonymous3/22/2014

    Wow. I've bought some pretty expensive lotion bars but had no idea they were so easy to make. Where do you get the ingredients?

    1. I buy big tubs of organic coconut oil online because I cook with it too, but I get the shea butter and beeswax at a local health food store or on Amazon.

  2. Do you know if this combination is OK for people with psoriasis?

    1. I'm not sure about that, but it's definitely good for eczema. Just straight coconut oil is good for eczema too, but this combo is a little less greasy.