I decided to make my own homemade lotion bars. I had seen everyone else doing it, and I still struggled with the idea of letting go of store-bought beauty and skin care products. We were running out of store-bought, and I knew that the chemicals in the lotion were yet another toxin on our skin, so I made the leap.
I chose lotion bars, because the homemade creams I attempted to make at first seemed too greasy.
When I first priced the cost of supplies for making my own lotion, I noticed that the beeswax pellets and shea butter, in addition to the oils seemed a bit expensive. But, if you are concerned about parabens at all, then you can add up the cost of purchasing expensive lotions, versus making your own. I assure you that the cost of stocking up on the supplies will make you dozens of bars for a fraction of the cost. I admittedly purchase my organic cold-pressed coconut oil at Sams Club (or Costco) and my organic olive oil, where they are much cheaper.
1/2 cup of beeswax pellets (You can buy them here)
1/2 cup of organic olive oil
1/4 cup of organic cold-pressed coconut oil
2 TBL of organic shea butter (You can purchase that here)
10-20 drops of essential oils of your choice
Place all of the ingredients above in a glass measuring cup, or in a small saucepan. Melt and stir the contents for about 2 minutes in the microwave, or in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture is liquid and there are no chunks or pellets left. Then, pour into clean tins. This recipe fills 3 round tins (shown above) and one lip balm tin.