Make Your Own Lotion Bars & Lip Balm!
A FiberArtsy Tutorial
Have you ever looked … really looked at the ingredient list on a simple bottle of lotion? What the heck are all those things anyway? And I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there are some lotions and lip balms which seem to make my skin worse. The cool thing is, we have a choice. We can make our own beauty products.
Here is a super simple recipe for buttery body lotion bars and yummy lip balm!
Step 1: Supplies:
-Pure Cocoa Butter or Shea butter (I used Cocoa Butter – check the ingredients!)
-Olive Oil-Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
-Lipstick to tint the lip balm (optional)
-Molds, Muffin tin, Lip Balm Tubes or Containers
-Double boiler or heat resistant container s.a. Pyrex and saucepan
Step 2: Mixing:
The basic recipe is 1 Part Butter + 1 Part Oil + 1 Part Wax
Since these are pure ingredients with no preservatives, it’s better to make small batches. Honestly, I’m not sure of the shelf life but they should be good for at least 6 months. If it smells funny, toss it out and make new. For 2 small lotion bars & 2 lip balms: Combine 2 tablespoons of each in the glass measuring cup (or double boiler), then add a dash of lavender essential oil. Place the cup in a pot with some water and heat to simmer until all ingredients are melted.
Carefully, pour into 2 molds or lotion containers. Let it set for a few minutes, then place in the refrigerator.
Step 3: For the Lip Balm:
Add some of the lipstick to the remaining liquid and stir to combine. If it’s too light, add some more color. Carefully, pour into the lip balm tubes or containers. Place in the refrigerator to set.