Lotion bars are not only wildly popular but spring is officially here so it’s time to give our skin the TLC it needs with this luxurious (and super easy) lotion bar recipe made with shea butter, avocado oil, and soy wax. This project comes with a stimulating citrus scent blended with grapefruit, lemon, lime, and hints of fresh cucumber and jasmine. Oh… and a splash of pineapple, blackberry, and champagne. Are you salivating yet? This box also comes with large lotion bar containers to keep at your vanity and mini containers that fit in your purse when you’re on the go.
P.S. Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8th. These moisturizing beauties will make the perfect DIY gift!
TIME: 20 MINUTES
YIELDS: 16-18 LOTION BARS
Your Handmade Beauty Box Includes:
8 oz EcoSoya Advanced Soy Wax
5 oz Avocado Oil
5 oz Shea Butter
0.1 oz Red Blue Mica (with mini scoop)
0.3 oz Energy Fragrance Oil
Large Clear Twist Tubes
Mini White Twist Tubes
Finished Labels (bottom of box)
What you’ll need from home:
2 Small Heat Safe Containers
Paper Towels (for clean up)
ONE: In a heat safe mixing bowl, combine the EcoSoya Advanced Soy Wax, Shea Butter, and Avocado Oil. Melt ingredients in the microwave on 30 second bursts, stirring in between, until fully melted. Use paper towels or a hot pad when taking the container out of the microwave. It will be hot!
TIP: Depending on the strength of your microwave it should only take about 2 minutes total. If there are still a few chunks of soy wax, stir until fully incorporated. It’s important that the mixture doesn’t get too hot. Overheating the Shea Butter could result in a “grainy” texture.TWO: Use the dropper to add 8 ml of Energy Fragrance oil. Mix well.
THREE: Add 3-5 scoops of Red Blue Mica and mix well with a spoon. This amount of colorant will not color your skin when applied. It will give the lotion bar a soft and pretty pink hue. Feel free to leave the colorant out for a natural beige color.
FOUR: Carefully pour the mixture into the large twist tubes and the remaining mixture into the mini twist tubes. Let cool, with the lids off to avoid condensation, for 6-8 hours. Then cap the twist tubes and add the super cute labels for a final touch. The labels are located in the bottom of the box. They’re stickers so all you have to do is cut them out and peel off the backs. Super easy!
Variation: If you want a harder lotion bar consistency, leave out some of the Avocado Oil. If you want a softer consistency, leave out some of the soy wax or add extra liquid oil (like olive oil). To test the consistency, put a spoon in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Dip the chilled spoon into the melted butters and oils and the balm will instantly harden on the tip of the spoon. Adjust the recipe as needed.
Layers: Looking for a fun lotion bar design? Try some layers! Repeat steps 1 and 2 in the recipe then split the mixture into two heat safe mixing bowls. Add 3 level scoops of colorant to the first bowl and mix well. Pour a thin layer of the pink mixture into the clear twist tubes. Put the twist tubes in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and cover the remaining liquid mixtures with plastic wrap while the first layer cools in the twist tubes. Once the first pink layer has hardened enough to support another layer, pour a thin layer of the uncolored mixture on top of the pink layer. Put them back in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to cool. Repeat these layering steps until you’ve filled up the twist tubes. Make the layers as thin or as thick as you want. Pour the remaining liquid mixture into the mini twist tubes.
TIP: If the mixture gets too hard or thick while your layers are cooling just pop it back in the microwave on 10 second bursts until melted. Remember not to overheat the mixture.
Double Pour: Repeat steps 1 and 2 in the first recipe then split the mixture into two heat safe mixing bowls. Add 3 level scoops of colorant to the first bowl and mix well. Let both mixtures cool down to a thicker consistency. Then pour the pink mixture and the uncolored mixture into a large twist tube at the same time at opposite ends of the twist tube. This will
create a natural and subtle swirl. If you let the mixtures get even thicker, you can use this technique to create a vertical layer as pictured.
To Use: Twist the lotion bar up from the bottom and apply desired amount on the skin. It’s especially great on hands, elbows, knees, and feet. The mini twist tubes are fabulous for your purse or traveling! P.S. Do not leave this in your hot car or other hot environments. The lotion bar will melt. Eek! If this does happen, do not open the container. Pop it in the fridge to let it harden again.
Download the Energy Lotion Bar Labels here.
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