I don’t know about you but I suffer from incredibly dry skin especially in the winter. I’m constantly on the look out for lotion that will actually moisturize my skin without having to spend a small fortune.
I’ve seen recipes for lotion bars around Pinterest and today I decided to give them a go. I regularly make soap so I had all the ingredients and was particularly drawn to the recipes that contained Shea butter. Shea butter has wonderful moisturizing properties and always makes my skin feel very soft.
I was all set to make a simple lotion bar with coconut oil, beeswax and Shea butter when to my dismay, I found that my Shea butter was rancid. So I had to resort to making my lotion bars with out it. There were several recipes on Pinterest and they basically all said the same thing: 1 part coconut oil, 1 part beeswax, scent from essential oil.
So that’s what I did. I used 1/3 cup of each oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. I melted, constantly stirring, the oils (which are solid at room temperature) in a heat safe Pyrex bowl over a saucepan filled with water at a rolling boil. Once the oils were melted, I added my essential oils, stirring the whole time and then carefully transferred the oil to my silicone ‘dog paw’ mold. [Yes, dog paws]. You can obviously use any shaped silicone mold.
I let the paws cool and as they cooled, they hardened. I also popped them in the fridge for 30 minutes to ensure that they were completely solid before removing them from the mold. Don’t they look amazing? I need to make sure Mike knows they’re lotion and not white chocolates.
They are wonderful to use, smell great and would make great gifts.
If you need a paw you just need to ask.