Do you hate the heavy and greasy feel beeswax leaves on your skin? Or is the beeswax scent a little too overpowering? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this homemade lotion bar recipe without beeswax is just for you!
Personally, beeswax doesn’t feel good on my skin – it’s too heavy and doesn’t penetrate deep – it rather leaves a thick coat on the skin’s surface. That’s why I mainly choose to opt out of using beeswax in some of my homemade beauty products like this homemade honey vanilla lip balm recipe.
The magic of this homemade lotion bar isn’t just the no-beeswax content but also the fact that it’s made of only 3 ingredients! They include: mango butter, coconut oil and lavender essential oil. Check out the benefits of each of these goodies in the ingredient profile below!
Homemade Lotion Bar Recipe without Beeswax
- Mango Butter – Extracted from the kernels or seed of the mango fruit, mango butter has skin softening, nourishing and moisturizing properties. It is non-greasy and penetrates deep into the skin, locking moisture. It is effective in moisturizing mature skin, smoothing out fine lines and preventing premature wrinkles. Mango butter is also used to soothe eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. It also protects the skin from harsh weather elements and skin damaging-UV radiation.
- Coconut Oil – A favorite beauty pantry staple, coconut oil deeply nourishes and moisturizes skin. Its medium chain triglycerides have small molecules that penetrate deep into the skin. These triglycerides also have powerful anti-microbial properties that fight off germs and microbes that irritate skin and cause fungal infections.
- Lavender Essential Oil – The most popular essential oil today, lavender essential oil has a myriad of beauty benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe eczema, roscacea, psoriasis and other skin inflammations while its antiseptic properties defend the body from germs and microbes. It has a beautiful fresh flowery fragrance that makes this homemade lotion bar smell gorgeous! Lavender essential oil is especially known to calm and relax the mind so rubbing this homemade lotion bar after a night time bath/shower promotes a restful sleep.
- 2 tbsp mango butter (buy here)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (buy here)
- 1 tbsp shea butter (buy here)
- 10 -15 drops lavender essential oil (buy here)
How to: Homemade Lotion Bar recipe without Beeswax
- Slowly melt the mango butter, shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. I make my own double boiler by placing the ingredients in a heat-safe container and resting the container in a pan filled with a couple inches of water.
- Turn on the burner and heat over a medium flame.
- Once the ingredients are completely melted, remove from heat, stir in the lavender essential oil and pour the mixture into silicone molds or muffin tins.
- Allow the lotion bars to cool completely in the molds before removing them. If you want to speed things up, pop the molds in the freezer for about 10-20 minutes.
- Store your homemade lotion bar or bars in a cool dry place, preferably in tins like this one. Keep away from sunshine and heat because these can rapidly melt the lotion bar.
How to Use this Homemade Lotion Bar
“So, er…how do you use lotion bars?” –is a common question! Simply rub between your hands and apply on the area or all over your body. Another option is to rub the lotion bar itself on the area (arms, legs, elbows, knees, or whole body). That’s it! Say hello to silky soft skin!
How Long Will this Homemade Lotion Bar Last For?
More than 6 months! Provided you keep it away from water and other contaminants, this homemade lotion bar can keep for a good long while since it doesn’t contain water which can attract germs and mold.
~ If you don’t want to use mango butter, you can use cocoa butter although I avoided it because of its overpowering scent. However it would be a good idea for a chocolate lotion bar recipe!
~ Experiment with different essential oil blends! I used only lavender as this homemade lotion bar recipe is supposed to contain only 3 ingredients but you could use a blend of essential oils for their healing properties and beautiful scent. For a romantic scent, use 15 drops of rose essential oil and 5 drops of clove essential oil. For a citrus burst, use 10 drops of sweet orange and 5 drops of bergamot.
~ You can pour the lotion bar mixture into deodorant tubes like this one if you don’t want your palms to get oily.
Please make sure you are not allergic to any of the above ingredients before applying on your skin. Use a test patch on your inner wrist or elbow to see if it’s safe for you. If you experience any itching, redness or irritation within 24 hours, then do not use this homemade lotion bar on your skin.
Essential Oil Safety
Use essential oils with caution as they are very potent. Always dilute your essential oils with a base ingredient and never use them directly on your skin. Keep away from children and pets. If you are pregnant or lactating and would like to use this homemade lotion bar recipe, please first consult your doctor as most essential oils are not safe for pregnancy or newborn babies. If you suffer from any chronic or severe health condition, make sure to consult your medical practitioner to avoid essential oil irritation.
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