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Lotion Bits - All Natural - Melts in the Palm of your Hands

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Lotion Bits - kids love them! Keep them in a small jar in the bathroom and after a shower just grab one, put it in the palm of your hands and rub your hands together! The solid shape will "melt" in your hands and you can put it all over! My nieces love it because it's not just lotion, but it's safe and non-toxic and they like to use it on their lips as well! If you only need a little, you can grab a thinner piece - for the whole body grab a big one!

Items Needed:
  •  4 1/2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil (this can be found in any grocery store)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter or Shea Butter (must shred or chop up into small pieces)
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons of Beeswax (must shred or slice up before melting it)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Lanolin
  • A few drops of Vitamin E
  • Small Ice Cube Tray or Mould to pour the lotion into (the ones I used were from our local dollar store)
  • Measuring cup and measuring spoons, a glass measuring bowl & small pot for a double boiler
  • *Optional: I used a little beet juice to dye the lotion light pink
  • *Optional: essential oils for scent
  • *Note - Please ignore the big bottle of aloe gel in the photo as it was not used
Instructions:
The items and ratios listed are for a whole tray full of lotion bits - more or less. The amount you can make from this batch depends on your ice cube tray or mould size. If you don't have lanolin, you can substitute it with some more almond oil or another oil of your choice. The recipe is very versatile - so if you have a different type of oil or butter to use, that is fine! I purchased the lanolin at a local health foods store.

Take a small pot and fill it about halfway with water (you may need to empty some of it out). Put it on the stove and get the water nice and hot - medium heat should be fine. Then, put in all your ingredients, other than the vitamin E oil, and put it in a glass measuring bowl with a handle on it. Place it in the water (double boiler) on your stove. Every once and a while, mix it around with a  spoon or a wisk. Continue to mix it until it is a pure liquid. Then remove it from the heat and add the vitamin E drops and any essential oils at this time. Wisk everything in and then pour into the mould or ice cube tray. Then you can put the tray into your fridge or freezer and let it harden. It doesn't take long - then remove it and pop them out. You may need to use a small skewer or knife to push some of them out of the mold.

That's it - you're done! You can then put them in a small container and take them with you on the go - or you can leave them in a jar in the bathroom! They're healthy, all-natural and wonderful for your skin!

*Optional: I also dyed some of mine with beet juice. I purchased a beet, put it in boiling water for about 20 minutes, turning it throughout. Then, sliced it into chunks and put it in my juicer. The process of dying lotion with it is not always easy and doesn't always work - it can sometimes try to separate. It sometimes works and sometimes doesn't -I'm still practicing it myself. But, I've had more luck incorporating it in in the beginning stages of melting all the ingredients together. So, if I am having problems I will use my handheld electric wisk to really blend the color with the ingredients. Good luck and if you discover an easier way, let us know! I have heard of people using beet powder without problems - but I have yet to buy some.

Can you tell me with the amount of ingredients you used, about how many small bits did it yield?

EmilyM23 months ago

Don't know if you figured this out already, but the beets aren't working well for you because the ingredients are oil based and the beet juice is water based. Essentially trying to mix water and oil. Plus when adding wet ingredients, if you keep these a long time they might mold :( Try sticking to really small amounts of dry colorants or oil based colorant. Natural lotion is the best! Sooo much nicer than store bought stuff. Great Instructable!

huskerland311 months ago
Awesome instructable!
awesomness200211 months ago
Cool
parisusa1 year ago
Love this idea! As far as shapes...go to any chain craft store & look for candy moulds. They have all sizes/shapes! Buy sticks & make lollipop lotion. Just kidding! :)
These are great
vpetty1 year ago
These are great! The only thing is some of mine melted into a big mushball in the jar. Got any advice?
HollyMann (author)  vpetty1 year ago
Hi! Sorry to hear that!!! :) I haven't had this problem - But I could see it happening if too moist/hot. If you want to fix the big mush ball - you could remelt it and add some more beeswax - this will make them a harder consistency. Shouldn't need to add too much.
This has got to be one of the greatest ideas to give for a gift. Melting lotion, what more could I ask for. Thank you so much for a great idea. As far as color, is there anything else that I could use for color other than beat powder? What scent do you suggest to be a universal scent that isn't to harsh of a smell, just mild? I look forward to your feedback, I hope you are making a fine business out of this because it's a great idea for a side business. Thank you.
HollyMann (author)  brightidealita1 year ago
Thank you so much! :) About the scent - I think Wintergreen is so nice and refreshing and has a subtle scent to it. People seem to like it a lot! Otherwise I like Grapefruit - and it also is subtle if you don't use tons of it! About the color - since making this I have ordered some powdered mica online on amazon - in a red color. Mica is an ingredient used to dye all types of personal products - gives color to eye shadow, etc. I actually ordered a bunch of sample size products from here: http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/productkit/mineralmakeup/free/ - super super cheap and organic, non-toxic. And, samples from here: http://www.alimapure.com/special-collections-products (I think they are less than $2 per sample) and when you order from Alima they also include 2 free sample items with every order. I am not an affiliate or sales person for them - Alima's makeup is wonderful! My point is, I actually used some of these samples (the blush samples) to dye my lotion as well...since I hadn't ordered any mica powder on Amazon at that time. It worked! It is tricky sometimes to give color to cosmetics like lotion or lip gloss - you may want to read some stuff online about doing it! I hope this helps a little though! Take care and let me know if you have more questions!
Aiesas1 year ago
Brilliant idea!!.. Plan to make this after get all the ingredient. Thanks for sharing.
HollyMann (author)  Aiesas1 year ago
Thank you! :) Let me know how it turns out!
this is such a great idea! my only question is, would they melt in the jar? That would be a bit messy haha:)
HollyMann (author)  mcdonaldm151 year ago
Surprisingly, mine have not! :) They should be ok if it's not too hot and humid...or if possible just leave the top off the jar!
HollyMann (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
As a second reply - just wanted to say I have kept these in a jar with the lid on and they didn't melt..they're not so soft that they'll melt from that!
This is great. I know you are using all natural products but was wondering if there were any thoughts about if I made these and tried to incorporate a sun screen of some sorts in with it for summer time use to prevent skin damage? Do you think they could be made stable?
I have been meaning to make some of these forever! I've only been lacking the cocoa butter but I keep forgetting to get some. :D

I love the little pink ones - they're so sweet!
PitStoP1 year ago
Hi Holly.. Great instructable. I like the fact that is all natural ingredients. I'm all in for all natural. I at one time use to work at a factory where they made lotions and many other body creams and shampoos and the chemicals they used always had my wondering what they were and how good it could be for you since most names I couldn't even pronounce. It's great to see people thinking of going the natural way instead. It's cool how you made them in small bits. Hey since Valentines day is around the corner this will make a great gift since they're heart shape. ;)
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
Thank you!!! You're right about the toxic chemicals in our products...I had no idea until recently how much of it is in everything we use. I am definitely for the natural ingredients and think the world should be more informed about what they're using..:)
Barb371 year ago
GREAT project, HollyMann! I appreciate how well you explain things, and aren't you clever with the melting aspect! I'm allergic to lanolin, and was wondering if the lotion would set up as well with out it when, ta-da! it was almost like you spoke directly to me about substituting a different oil. Also - I wonder if the water in your beet juice doesn't want to mix with your wonderful oils. Thanks much!

HollyMann (author)  Barb371 year ago
Thanks for the kind comment Barb! I am going to experiment some more with different ingredients and I will let you know how it goes. :) You are right about the water in the beet juice...I need some practice in getting the dye to incorporate and not separate...I did get it to work a few times and a few times it didn't! :)
lgiuliani1 year ago
Wow, fantastic and what a great idea. Most important-all natural!
HollyMann (author)  lgiuliani1 year ago
Thank you! I agree about the all-natural!!!
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
i love the way u used hearts.. perfect for valentines day... but what to do in summers?
HollyMann (author)  sabu.dawdy1 year ago
Thanks! Luckily my ice cube tray/mould has stars and half circles! :) I think they're all cute!
Oooh, those sound really nice! And they are so cute :)
HollyMann (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks Penolopy!!! My nieces were thrilled with them...and they were pretty easy to make!
Awesome idea! I would love to have a jar of this in my bathroom! Thanks for sharing :-)
HollyMann (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thank you!!! :)