Have you made lotion bars yet? It’s so fun and great for soothing dry, winter skin. And these Grapefruit & Lime Lotion Bars are super refreshing too!
Making lotion bars is not only easier than you may think, and a lot of fun to make, but they are really handy to have on hand. Keep them by your sink to use after doing the dishes or cleaning, and they make great gifts for others as well.
This particular blend contains both lime and grapefruit essential oils for a great powerhouse blend of citrus. They smell fantastic and the scent is very refreshing and makes a great pick me up!
Refreshing Grapefruit & Lime Lotion Bars
Ingredients and Supplies
- Double boiler
- Spoon & small measuring spoons
- Silicone mold (the one used in this recipe is from Ikea, but depending on the cube size this recipe will make about a dozen bars)
- 12 drops pure grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops pure lime essential oil
- 2 tablespoon raw shea butter
- 4 tablespoons beeswax pellets (or just chop up the brick type if you have that instead)
- 3 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- Glass jars for storing or giving as gifts
- If you need to chop the beeswax, do that first and if not then go ahead and start your water in the bottom half of the double boiler over medium-high heat and add the beeswax into the top half of the double boiler.
- Beeswax can tend to be a little slow to melt, and normally takes 10 minutes for a small amount like this. Just be sure to stir it once in a while to keep the clumps melting and to be sure you don’t overheat it, as that can ruin its properties.
- Once the wax starts to melt, you will hear the water boiling underneath and you can go ahead and lower it to simmer.
- While the wax it is melting, chop up your shea butter.
- Once the beeswax is melted and is nice and clear, add in your shea butter & stir occasionally to melt. It melts faster than the wax does.
- Now add your coconut oil, then stir and melt until smooth and well combined with no lumps. Turn off heat
- Next, add in your essential oil drops and stir well.
- You may add more than the amount given if you choose, but start with the recommended drops, and then see if you feel like it needs more.
- Have your silicone molds all ready to go, and pour the mixture slowly into the molds. If the wax starts to set up during this process, just place it back over the hot water and let it melt again, but because this is a smaller recipe, you may not have that issue.
- Let the molds harden for a few hours before popping them out to be sure they are all cooled and hardened. The centers tend to stay warm for a while. Feel the bottom of the mold to be sure it feels pretty cool before popping them out. Then once you think they are ready, they should fall out with very little force. Flip them over and let them sit and cool a bit longer with the tops up.
- Now all you need to do is place them in a jar and make them look cute with a ribbon or other embellishment.
- Store at room temperature. Do not leave in your car or anywhere that gets too warm, or they will melt and make a mess!
What are your favorite essential oils to add to homemade lotion bars?
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