I wanted to have a lotion bar, when I saw one of my friends use it. Basically, the lotion bar is a lotion, in bar form.
You rub it over your skin to moisturize you skin. I felt this less messy and easier, and since I don’t share my essentials; I figured I can try this out. So, let’s take a look at the ingredients, instructions and then, move to the ingredients.
Jojoba Oil – 2 Tbsp.
Shea Butter – 2 Tbsp.
Beeswax – 3 Tsp.
Corn Flour – 3 Tsp.
Baking Powder – 3 Tsp.
Jasmine Essential Oil – 25 – 30 Drops
In a double boiler or microwave, melt the Jojoba Oil, Beeswax and Shea Butter.
When melted, take off heat.
Stir in Corn flour and Baking Powder.
When there are no lumps, add the essential oil and stir to combine.
Transfer to soap moulds and let them harden.
When hard, remove from mould and use as needed.
How to Use a Lotion Bar?
Just rub the bar along your skin – the bar will melt for your body heat and when done, replace it in your stand. I don’t share my lotion bar with others, just prepare more than one – one each for every family member ☺
Since we don’t add any hydrosols or water-based ingredients, the bars will last good long – according to the shelf life of the ingredients added. However, I prefer making a batch for using for a couple of weeks and then, go for a fresh batch.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
You can use Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil or even Olive Oil instead of Jojoba Oil. I prefer Jojoba Oil for most part, as it does not aggravate acne, gets absorbed readily and is a wonderful moisturizer that suits all skin types.
You can use Mango Butter instead of Shea Butter, or any other butter you prefer. However, if you use harder butter, increase oil quantity or reduce butter quantity, to keep the consistency right.
You can use any essential oil, not just Jasmine. I like the feminine aroma, though you could use any aroma that works best for you – your family members, requirements, etc. Peppermint Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Chamomile Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Rosewood Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil or even Sandalwood Essential Oil, are few essential oils that benefit your skin. Choose the one that works for your skin and requirement.
Corn flour and Baking Soda add texture to the recipe, though they really are optional. I don’t add them to the recipe often and stick with oils and butters.
You can add a few drops of Vitamin E Oil to this recipe – it improves the shelf life of the recipe and one of the best ingredients for skincare.
You can reduce the Beeswax in this recipe, if you prefer. I usually reduce it a bit, so the lotion bar can melt easily when I glide it over my skin.
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