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

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Introduction: Lotion Bits - All Natural - Melts in the Palm of Your Hands

About: Army Vet. I love learning & being creative.

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) - or get pellets like this one: 1 lb Pure BeeswaxPellets - Cosmetic Grade (I prefer to buy this online as the stores near me don't have many options)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil - This is my favorite brand for oils - Now Foods Sweet Almond Oil - 4 oz. (I've also discovered Avacado oil & it's amazing for dry skin)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Lanolin - Now Foods Lanolin Pure, 7 Ounce
  • 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.


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    32 Discussions

    Can I not use lanolin and almond oil?

    Is there a replacement for lanolin?

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

    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!

    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! :)

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    vpetty

    5 years ago

    These are great! The only thing is some of mine melted into a big mushball in the jar. Got any advice?

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    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.

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    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!

    Brilliant idea!!.. Plan to make this after get all the ingredient. Thanks for sharing.

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    this is such a great idea! my only question is, would they melt in the jar? That would be a bit messy haha:)

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    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!

    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!