The winds may be huffing and puffing lately, but we’re ready to brace the cold with the help of some handy lotion bars. For those who may be unfamiliar with the concept (Lotion? In a bar?!), lotion bars are basically a more solid form of your usual skin-protecting moisturizer. What’s the benefit of this bar versus traditional lotion, you may ask… Well, they allow you the steer clear of that pesky plastic packaging most lotion creams come in, plus they’re so easy to make, you’ll want to gift one to everyone on your list this holiday season. 🎁
You will need:
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of shea butter (or cocoa butter)
- 1 tsp of matcha powder
- A silicone mold
- 3/4 cup of beeswax (or candelilla wax as a vegan alternative)
- Scented essential oil – we used pink grapefruit
Set up a double boiler system on the stove with a pot and glass (or metal) bowl. Turn the stove on max until water is boiling.
Add the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter into the bowl. Stir the contents until they’re fully melted.
Mix in the matcha powder fully. Then remove the bowl from heat (use gloves if the bowl is hot!) and add in your essential oil. The amount to add in depends on how strongly scented you want the lotion bars to be – we opted for about 20 drops.
Ladle the melted concoction into the silicone mold (make sure it’s clean first!). We opted for a chocolate gem mold ’cause we fancy, but really any silicone mold will do.
Let the lotion bars cool & solidify completely – they can be popped into the fridge after setting at room temperature for an hour or so – then pop them out! Some of them may need a little trimming at the base if any of the mixture spilled over the mold earlier – but any trimmed bits can be rewarmed and shaped into additional lotion bars.
Now these babies are ready to be used to ward off that dry winter skin! Just apply them any time your skin is feeling in need of a little TLC. It may take a couple of minutes for your skin to fully absorb these nourishing ingredients, but know that a little patience will pay off shortly in the way of soft and supple skin.
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