Consider the lotion bar. Easy to make, easy to tweak, and easy to carry around in your purse or pocket. We can make them as simple or as complicated as we wish. We can wrap them in foil or cellophane, package them in adorable tins, or put them in lip balm or deodorant containers. I love lotion bars for the summer months - take them to the beach or camping in a twist up container, and you've got a great lotion that won't accidentally get squished or get all over the place!
This recipe is rated E for everyone, but is especially great for beginners, those who don't wish to use preservatives, or those who are seeking an all natural product. The shelf life of this product is dependent upon the shelf life of your oil.
For this recipe you will require a mould of some sort or some lip balm tubes, lip balm pots, slider tins, or deodorant containers. (These must be new and clean. Please do not re-use containers for these types of projects.)
BASIC LOTION BAR RECIPE
33% hard butter
34% liquid oils
MODIFIED LOTION BAR RECIPE WITH VITAMIN E AND SCENT
33% hard butter
33% liquid oils
1% fragrance or essential oil
1% Vitamin E
Weigh the beeswax, hard butter, and liquid oils into a heatproof container and place into your double boiler. Heat until the solids have melted. Remove from the heat and add the Vitamin E and fragrance or essential oils (optional). Mix well, then pour into your mould or container and let sit until hardened. You can move the mould carefully to the fridge or freezer and let set.
As a note, if you are making lotion bars in lip balm containers, a 100 gram batch will make about 10 or more, depending upon the size of your container. Feel free to modify this recipe to be 1/3 of the original recipe - say 10 grams of beeswax, 10 grams of your butter, 10 grams of your liquid oil, with 0.3 grams fragrance oil or about 0.3 to 0.4 ml or so. This is a good batch size to try, especially if you're using some exotic oils like babassu or evening primrose oil and don't have a large amount with which to experiment!
The lip balm containers I buy tend to be 7.5 ml. If I make a 100 gram lotion bar recipe, I generally end up with something like 90 ml to 100 ml of oils, which will make 10 to 13 lip bam tubes! If you don't want that much, then you'll want to reduce the recipe amount!
I hate looking into the fridge or freezer and asking myself, "Lotion bar, scrub bar base, lip balm?" and then having to throw the container away when I have no idea! Hey, there's an idea for a game show!
As with the whipped butters, you can make huge modifications to your bar based upon the type of butter and oil you choose. If you choose something like cocoa butter, you'll have a harder bar. Choose something like shea butter, and you'll have a softer bar.
This is a picture of my favourite mould. It's a chocolate mould for making peppermint patties - it cost about $3.50, and each one is about 10 grams. It's perfect for tester sizes or small tin sized bars. Because the bars are so small, they cool quickly in the freezer so I can see if I like the recipe in a few minutes instead of waiting an hour of so!
Have fun coming up with your own oil and butter combinations, and feel free to share those you love in the comments section! I'll be sharing a few of my favourite combinations in the next few days, but join me tomorrow for modifying the wax amount!