Make Your Own Homemade Lotion Bars

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Often we wonder what the heck is even in the lotions we buy at the store. Is it safe to put on my skin? Is it really doing it’s job? Why am I still ashy? When you make lotions from home, you’ll know just what it is you’re rubbing on your body. You can even customize the smells, ingredients, and more – depending on your personal preference!

Lotion bars are similar to the lotion you’re used to except they are solid at room temperature. Once your warm skin begins to work the bar, it softens and deposits its moisturizing ingredients where they are needed most! When making lotion bars, you’ll want to have molds handy. You can find many shapes and sizes on Amazon.

Chocolate Chai Tea Lotion Bars


⅓ Cup Coconut Oil

⅓ Cup Cocoa Butter

⅓ Cup Beeswax

1½ Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Nutmeg


Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water. Place a glass jar (I use an old mason jar) in the center of the water. Bring water around the jar to a gentle boil.

Add all ingredients to jar and stir to combine (I do this with a chopstick, or popsicle stick).

Pour melted lotion into molds.

Set aside and allow to cool (I typically put it in the fridge to cool faster!)

Easy Lotion Bars Recipe


1 cup coconut oil

1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter, or mango butter (or a mix of all three)

1 cup beeswax

optional: essential oils of choice

optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil


Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double boiler or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it. UPDATE: Low maintenance approach: Combine ingredients in a quart-size glass mason jar and place jar in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out!

Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth.

Remove from heat, let cool a bit, and add any desired essential oils and/or vitamin E.

Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.

Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in (ideas below). I used silicone baking cups for easy removal, though any mold would work.

Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for different holiday gifts (hearts for Valentine’s Day, flowers for Mother’s Day, etc.) or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.

MommyPotamus Lotion Bar Recipe

This recipe makes eight of the 1.5 fluid ounce square lotion bars pictured.

Ingredients (By Weight)

4 ounces coconut oil (where to buy coconut oil)

6 ounces cocoa butter (where to buy cocoa butter)

4 ounces beeswax (where to buy organic beeswax)

up to 1½ teaspoons essential oil (optional)

1⁄2 teaspoon Vitamin E (optional, I use this one both as a supplement and in my skincare products)


Fill a medium pot with about two inches of water and bring to a boil. Place a smaller pot or heat-proof stainless steel bowl inside the larger pot to create a double boiler. Add coconut oil, beeswax and cocoa butter to the bowl/pot. Stir occasionally until it is fully melted, then remove from heat. If you are adding essential oils or vitamin E, allow the mixture to cool a little before mixing them in and pouring the liquid in to your molds. If you are not adding essential oils or vitamin E, pour the liquid directly into your molds. Allow lotion bars to cool fully before unmolding them. If you want to speed things up, pop them into the fridge or freezer for ten to twenty minutes.

Young Living Lotion Bar Recipe


½ cup extra-virgin coconut oil

½ cup beeswax

¼ cup shea butter

¼ cup cocoa butter

15–20 drops essential oil of your choice (we recommend 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 10 drops of Lemon essential oil)

Optional: dried lavender and lemon zest for exfoliation


Combine coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, and cocoa butter in a 16-ounce glass measuring cup.

Place in a pot with water that rises to halfway up the measuring cup

Bring water to a boil, stirring frequently until ingredients are completely melted.

Remove measuring cup from the pot.

Add dried lavender and lemon zest, if desired.

Add essential oils and stir until completely combined.

Immediately pour into molds. Let sit overnight.

Once cooled, remove the lotion from the molds. Store in a cool, dry place.

3 Ingredient Lotion Bar


1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

1/3 Cup Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter or Mango Butter (flexible, use a combo of whatever you’d like)

1/3 Cup Beeswax


Fill a sauce pan with a few inches of water. Place a glass jar (I use an old mason jar) in the center of the water. Bring water around the jar to a gentle boil.

Add all ingredients to jar and stir to combine (I do this with a chopstick, or popsicle stick).

Pour melted lotion into molds.

Set aside and allow to cool (I typically put it in the fridge to cool faster!)

Beeswax and Honey Lotion Bars


3.5 oz. Olive Oil

3.5 oz. Shea Butter

2.5 oz. Yellow Beeswax

3 mL Pure Honey Fragrance Oil



In a small heat-safe container, combine the olive oil and yellow beeswax. Place in the microwave and heat using 30-60 second bursts until fully melted. Beeswax has a high melting point and can take a while to fully melt. Because of this, don’t use a glass container with too much head space. The container can actually explode if it gets too hot! Once melted, remove from the microwave carefully, as the mixture will be very hot.

Add the shea butter and stir. The heat from the mixture will begin to melt the shea butter. If necessary, place the container back into the microwave and heat using 15-20 second bursts until the mixture is clear.

Add the Pure Honey Fragrance Oil and stir to completely mix in.

Carefully pour the mixture into each mold cavity. Allow to fully cool and harden. This will take several hours or up to overnight. Remove from the mold. Store these bars in a cool place because they can melt slightly in extremely high temperatures! To use, warm in hands and apply to dry areas of the skin. I love lotion bars for dry patches such as knees and elbows!

4 comments for “Make Your Own Homemade Lotion Bars

  1. Kim
    February 18, 2018 at 8:31 am

    How do you carry your lotion bars with you in your purse

  2. Kim
    February 18, 2018 at 8:32 am

    How do you carry your bars in your purse? What kind of a container do you use?

  3. Angela
    January 25, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Get some of those deodorant containers (new ones from ebay or Amazon) and pour it in those. You should also use lip balm containers.

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