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How to Make Beeswax Lotion Bars

Making your own body care products with beeswax is a lot of fun and a great way to save money too. When you make your own lotion bars, you know what is in the recipe-no nasty chemicals with unpronounceable words. If you like natural products, you will this tutorial on how to make beeswax lotion bars. 

Trio of homemade beeswax lotion bars in metal tins and basket image.

DIY Lotion Bars with Beeswax

What is a Beeswax Lotion Bar?

Lotion bars can come in any shape but they often resemble a bar of soap. They can be created using special molds or simply shaped in a cupcake pan.

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Made using a blend of oils and butters, lotion bars stay solid at room temperature or lower. They soften your skin in the same way as a regular lotion product.

One of the great things about a beeswax lotion bar is that you can ditch the plastic bottle.  No need to have another plastic bottle to add to the landfill or a pump that wont… well.. pump.

No worries about the compounds found in commercial lotions: para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), petroleum, formaldehyde, and others.  Your homemade lotion bars are all natural.

Homemade Beeswax lotion bar tins in a gift basket image.

Why Use Beeswax for Skin Care

Beeswax is a wonderful product to add to many recipes for skin softeners.  It is popular in liquid lotion recipes, lip balms and lotion bars too.  

What is so special about beeswax?  It is a natural humectant that acts as a barrier to prevent moisture from leaving your skin.  It can also protect your skin from toxins in the environment.

And beeswax is made by bees so it is a renewable resource. Beeswax is a by-product of the honey harvest – taking some does not harm the colony.

How do You Use Beeswax Lotion Bars?

As far as your skin is concerned there is not much difference between liquid lotion and lotion bars.  However, they are used differently.

A lotion bar works using the warmth from your hands to soften the oils in the bar.  Rub the bar between your hands just like a bar of soap. Some of the bar will melt on your hands. Now, rub the melted lotion into your areas of dry skin.

Lotions bars last for several uses depending on how much you apply each time. They can be used on any part of the body. But, be careful if you apply to feet or any area that may cause you to fall.  It can feel slippery until the lotion is absorbed.

Simple Lotion Bar Recipe

Materials needed:

  • Cocoa butter  4 oz net wt.
  • Coconut Oil  4 oz net wt.
  • Beeswax 4.25  oz net wt.
  • 1 ½ oz EO (optional)
  • Vitamin E capsule (optional)
  • molds – I love these bee molds
  • tins – I used these

Beeswax Lotion Bar Instructions

Time needed: 30 minutes.

Step by step instructions to make your own beeswax lotion bars.

  1. Melting beeswax

    In most beeswax recipes, it is a good idea to start melting your beeswax first. While it is very easy to melt beeswax, it takes a bit longer than oils and some butter.

    For safety sake, melt your wax in a double boiler (or use this little insert favorite of mine).

    Melting bars of beeswas for diy lotion recipe in a double boiler image.

  2. Add Cocoa Butter

    Once the wax is melted, it is time to measure and add your cocoa butter. Use a wooden skewer or similar to gently stir.

    Melting cocoa butter in pot for lotion bar image.

  3. Add Coconut Oil

    Last major ingredient: add your measured coconut oil to the mix. It will liquify rapidly if not already liquid. Gently stir.

    Adding coconut oil to recipe for lotion bar image.

  4. Add Vitamin E (optional)

    I always add a bit of vitamin e oil to my beeswax recipes – but this is optional. If you wish to do the same, add 8 drops or about 2 capsules of liquid.

    Adding vitamin E oil to the lotion bar mix image.

  5. Add Essential Oil (optional)

    You do not have to use essential oils – you may prefer unscented lotion bars. But, if you want to add some scent – now is the time. Be sure to use a skin-safe EO such as lavender.

    Skin safe essential oil added to lotion bar beeswax recipe image.

  6. Pour into Molds

    Now it is time to pour your beeswax lotion bar recipe into the selected molds and leave them on the counter to cool. In a few hours, you should be able to pop them out!

    Pouring beeswax lotion bar recipe into molds image.

Pop set lotion bar out of mold image.

Notes for Making DIY Lotion Bars with Beeswax

These instructions allow for a lot of substitution in order to achieve the end product that suits your preferences. Here are a few tips to consider as you create your beeswax lotion bars.

  • you can substitute shea butter for the cocoa butter
  • raw cocoa butter has odor – use unscented or essential oils to disguise the scent
  • set your silicone mold on a sturdy tray (or clipboard) for stability
  • not required – but placing the filled mold in refrigerator speeds up the finish

Why are My Lotion Bars Sticky?

If your lotion bar feels too sticky, you probably have too much cocoa butter in the mix.  In contrast, bars that feel greasy need to use less oil in the recipe.  After a point-it is all personal preference and that is why you may need to experiment just a bit .

How to Store Homemade Lotion Bars

Some people prefer to store their lotion bars in the refrigerator. That is perfectly okay but it will take a few moments more to warm them up and use them. Refrigeration is not necessary.

DIY lotion bars in metal tins image.

Other options include, wrapping the bar in parchment paper, wax paper or a clean dry cloth. And as in this article, you can wrap them in a piece of cute cloth or paper and store in a tin. What great gifts they make.

Because lotion bars contain no water, no major preservatives are needed. They will last up to 6 months.

Final Thoughts on Making Lotion Bars With Beeswax       

Everyone has a different opinion on the qualities of the perfect lotion bar.  You may need to tweak the recipe just a bit to get the non-greasy, hard beeswax lotion bar that you desire.  That is one of the joys of using beeswax for crafts.  You can re-melt and try again. If you love your lotion bar, consider trying this Beeswax Body Butter too – it is marvelous.

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