Don’t you LOVE finding bath and body products that you can make at home? They’re cheaper than the typical store-bought kind and the quality can’t be beat. I LOVE it!
Here’s how easy it is to make these lotion bars:
How to make your own shea butter lotion bars
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) shea butter
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) beeswax pastilles
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 10 drops of essential oils of your choice (optional, but recommended)
- In a double boiler, melt shea butter and beeswax over medium low heat. (I just used a large glass bowl sitting on top of a small pot of water. I’ve also used a Pyrex measuring cup sitting inside a pot of water – this method makes it easy to pour melted lotion base into mold)
- When shea butter and beeswax are nearly melted, add coconut oil (which will melt very quickly). Stir. Add essential oils, if desired.
- Pour melted lotion base into mold (I used 1.5 inch square brownie molds, but any molds will do) and let cool until completely solid (this will take several hours).
- Remove lotion bars from molds and store in a cool, dry place. Note: heat will re-melt the lotion bars, so if for some reason you need to re-mold, just heat and start over.
- To use: simply rub lotion bars in between your hands to activate. Your body heat will melt/soften the bars just enough to give you some good lotion to apply anywhere, even your lips! I rub the bars straight onto my lips, just like lip balm.
For more easy gift ideas, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- DIY Lavender Facial by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- Easy Cookie Platter Mother’s Day Gift by A Mom’s Take
- DIY Mother’s Day Herb Garden Gift by Mom Does It All
- DIY Vanity Tray by Style on Main
- Homemade Painted Glass Bottle by Our Family World
- Thanks a Latte Teacher Gift by Simply Southern Mom
- DIY Mother’s Day Coupon Book for Twin Moms by Mom on the Side
- DIY Butterfly Wall Hanging by Home and Garden Cafe
- Party Worthy Spinach Salad with Strawberries by Day by Day in Our World
- DIY Aromatherapy Shower Fizzies by My So Called Balanced Life
- Easy DIY Photo Coasters & a Delicious Mocktail to Spoil Mom by Two Boys One Girl One Crazy Mom
- Add Some Style to Your Sunglasses by Greta’s Day
- DIY Kitchen Herb Garden Gift by About a Mom
- Pasta Picture Frame by Upstate Ramblings
- Easy Marquee Letter Craft by Momma D Jane’s Blog
- School’s Out for Summer Gift by The Guavalicious Life
© 2015 – 2018, Food Fun Family. All rights reserved.
I would not ever recommend “unrefined” shea butter. It tends to go rancid in a very short period of time, regardless of where you purchase it. I’ve made my own face cream for 25+ years. “Refined” shea butter is one ingredient. It’s nearly odorless and very stable.
Janet W. says
This looks really easy to make! I’ve never thought of making this myself before. I’ll have to give it a try!
Apparently, soy wax can be substituted in place of beeswax. I just googled this, so I can’t speak to how it will change the recipe :)
Is there any substitute of beewax for shea butter lotion bars
Good to know. Thanks :)
You can compare another recipe I have for a whipped body butter. You’re correct, though- basically, you just need to reduce the amount of beeswax compared to the shea butter/cocoa butter that you’re using as the base. https://foodfunfamily.com/chocolate-body-butter/
Melanie Frank says
I wouldn’t use coconut oil or cocoa butter for your face. They both have high comedogenic ratings. Shea and mango are better for your face :)
Best recipe for lotion bars! Wondering how to make this also into a lotion? Would using less beeswax work so that it would not setup into as hard of a bar? Would like to use the same ing. Thank you!
I use both cocoa butter and shea butter. No big preference on my part. I like them both and think that they can be used pretty interchangeably.
Oh, yes, for sure! They’re all natural ingredients, so I imagine it would be fine for the face, too!
Tara J. Brady says
Oops got this confused with a facial bar.
… but you could use this on your face right? I mean I don’t know about beeswax but shea & coconut oil I have used on my face just fine. :)
Tara J. Brady says
Did you use a different type of coconut oil possibly? It can make a major difference.
Tara J. Brady says
Thank you! I love this!! I am making lotion bars for my sister for Christmas in a luxury Himalayan salt spa set this year with spa salts, exfoliating “pink salt” soap, and then lotion bars but have never made lotion bars before. I looked at a ton of recipes and found a great one. They seemed pretty easy. I had never tried raw shea butter before- ljke EVER. I ordered it and stuck all the ingredients away for when I start doing test batches but my forehead esp has been SO dry it’s embarrassing plus I have some psoriasis along my hairline and just couldn’t take the flakes any more so last night I grabbed that pound of shea butter & a spoon (I’m like you- can’t do fingers in a jar, any jar for that matter, it’s just yucky lol!) And it was only like a dime size but J melted it between my fingers and WOW it is AMAZING!! It covered more than just my forehead and no joke the flakes were GONE!!! I was like just shocked , I put a bit on again this morning & like 12 hours later could still feel the moisture. This recipe will,be perfect bc it was amazing but it still needed a little something plus scent obviously. I feel like most of these DIY bars you could use all over but it was great to find one face specific! I was looking for a mold all,over JUST like the one you have too. So I’m definitely getting it ASAP! THANKS a ton for sharing. Also I’m still a tiny confused bc they seem the same just personal preference really…do you ever like cocoa butter ovrr shea? Or use it for certain recipes? Also in this recipe does the beeswax kind of just act like a binder, holding all the ingredients together? Sorry, this will be my first time working with shea & beeswax! I can’t wait!!! Thanks again. I think my “trial batch” will,be these.. for me lol.
P.S. I can’t believe how much money I have wasted over the years on skincare when the BEST stuff is sold by tbe POUND for so much less!!,
I’m sorry that the bars didn’t work out for you! Mine are quite dry/hard so I’m not sure why yours would have turned out so greasy, but differences in ingredients and climate can change the outcome quite a bit in cooking – I’m sure the same is true for things like this.
Beverly Dailey says
I made these today and they. Are way too greasy.
I followed the exact recipe.
Did anyone else have a different experience?
Dana Rodriguez says
I love Shea Butter products but I have never tried to make anything like this. Looks very easy! Thanks for the recipe!
I love lotions bars, so handy, can’t wait to make these!
Thank you for sharing this recipe!! I would love to make my own lotion bars to give as gifts! I would also be keeping some of these for myself, too;) Great recipe!
You can use candelilla wax, which is a vegan alternative to beeswax and it should work just the same. You can get it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2nJkc9n
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I would love to make these lotion bars- what can I substitute beeswax with? I prefer to use vegan ingredients. Thank you.
You should be able to substitute cocoa butter for the shea butter just fine! I’ve used cocoa butter for similar recipes before!
Has everyone used cocoa butter instead of Shea butter?
Make sure you click “next” to get the recipe. All the ingredients and detailed steps are there. Thanks for stopping by!
How much of each ingredient do you need to make the recipe?
Amy L says
Thank you for sharing this recipe. My hands are always dry, so I’d like to keep these bars handy all around my home.
Yes, that works great too! I’ve actually put them in old Altoids tins (the small ones), too. Since they’re more solid, they work perfectly in little containers.
Have you tried putting them in lip gloss jars with lids instead of the mold and letting solidify in there?
I’m guessing that almond oil would work! The only thing that is different about the two that might make a difference is that coconut oil solidifies when cool, where almond oil is always a liquid. It may make a difference in how well the bars set up, so you may have to play around a little with amounts of oil versus other ingredients. These lotion bars are pretty forgiving. :)
Hi! I’m so excited to make these! I had a question though…. Instead of using coconut oil could I use almond oil? I just had some on hand and was wondering… Thank you!!
Yes! I would recommend Altoid tins. I’ve also used little jewelry boxes (cardboard). I don’t recommend plastic baggies. :)
Karren Haller ? says
These are really nifty and I think that I would like to try these, I was wondering, have you any ideas to store these or to carry them in your purse? I have some Altoids tins that might work.
I would love to have you stop by to linkup on FF Linkup this week on Oh my Heartsie Girl!!
I hope you enjoy your weekend!
Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – We hope to see you again next week!
Life With Lorelai
Melinda Dunne says
I love Shea Butter but haven’t tried anything like this. I actually have everything on hand but the mold so I will be making these very soon.
I really hope it works on your lips! I was so grateful to find something that worked!
Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader says
These look really great, and I love knowing that they helped your lips. My lips are always getting chapped and although I know it’s not the same thing, I’m still hoping that this will work for my lips. Best part is I have everything except the Shea Butter, so I will definitely be making some of these very soon.
Thanks for sharing.
This looks great and easy! I want to try it!!
Mistee Dawn says
Not only does this sound like it would be amazing, they look super cute, too! Will have to make some!
I can’t believe how easy these are to make. And I bet they smell great in the chocolate flavor!
oh my what an amazing DIY. I will make it. I love soap bars
Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs) says
I need to try this. I bet it would be super moisturizing and after the long winter we had, we need this!
It’s seriously my favorite now! My only problem is that it doesn’t carry quite as nicely as traditional lip balm in the bottom of my purse. lol
I LOVE this idea for lip balm!