Want relief from dry and irritated skin? This lotion bar is extremely helpful for skin problems. It contains only a few ingredients but will leave your skin feeling satisfied. All natural and pure ingredients so no worrying about all those nasty chemicals.
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This lotion bar recipe is made up of simple ingredients and is quick and easy to make. It is a great type of lotion for dry skin. Below I listed detailed steps in the lotion bar making process, and I will also include a how-to-recipe at the bottom.
Our family has used this bar for yeast rashes under the arm, red and dry itchy skin on the hands, legs, arms and feet areas as well as small, isolated sections of the face. I caution use of this lotion as an all-over face moisturizer. My husband has used it on small sections of his face, but he knew he could because of his skin type.
The ingredients in this bar are beeswax, shea butter, squalene oil and tea tree essential oil. It seems a little oily at first but soaks in quickly and locks in moisture nicely. By using just the right ratio measurements, this bar provides a moisture barrier that lasts longer than other lotion bars. I will also show you later how I store and apply them for easy use.
This post is all about a lotion bar containing an ingredient combo that helps dry and problematic skin.
Lotion Bar- Steps
Gather Lotion Bar Supplies and Ingredients
Here is a list of supplies and ingredients you will need to make the bars.
- Small pan
- Mason jar
- Chopstick,wooden skewer or wooden spoon
- Beeswax pellets
- Shea butter- The one I used in recipe, Another option
- Squalane oil
- Tea tree essential oil
- Molds- plain, rectangle mold like used in picture, Another option I use
NOTE- The brand of shea butter you use makes a difference in the feel of the lotion bar from my experience.
Also, this bar is not a face lotion bar since shea butter may clog pores. If there are dry isolated areas that you are comfortable applying the bar to- that is up to you.
Measure and Pour Lotion Bar Ingredients
First, pour the beeswax, shea butter and squalene oil into the mason jar and carefully set the mason jar in a small pan of water. The water can come half to two-thirds the way up the side of the mason jar.
Heat and Stir Lotion Ingredients
Next, Bring the pan to low heat and occasionally stir the lotion bar ingredients until all the pellets and shea butter have melted. Make sure the liquid is fully clear.
Be careful not to get water in the lotion formula. This could cause bacteria to grow easier, and we want to keep the lotion bars lush and as bacteria free as possible.
Pour in Tea Tree Essential Oil (OPTIONAL)
Adding tea tree essential oil is optional. You may leave it out, especially if you are sensitive to tea tree oil. You may also add less drops into the mixture.
Carefully remove the mason jar from the pan and set it on a safe surface. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, (approximately 2-3 minutes), and then pour in the tea tree essential oil. Remember to be mindful of using the correct ratio when using essential oils.
Pour the Tea Tree Oil Lotion Mixture into Molds
Next, you will carefully, using pot holders, pour the mixture into molds of your choice. I have linked two types you may choose to use. One is plain and another is with designs.
Make sure you set the molds up in a safe place before pouring the liquid. Once the liquid is poured, the molds should not be moved until the bars have become solid.
Remove Lotion Bars From Mold
The lotion bars easily slide out of the molds. Make sure you have clean, dry hands when handling the bars to lessen the amount of bacteria that forms on the bars.
Lay the molds on a piece of parchment paper, on a clean dish, or store them right away in a container following the directions below.
How to Store and Use Lotion Bars
Finally, divide parchment paper into small sections big enough to wrap around lotion bar. Lay each bar on a designated piece of parchment paper.
The bar should be on one side of the parchment paper so you can fold/lay the other half of the paper over the top of it.
Store each wrapped bar on its side in a glass container. I like to use these glass containers. However, it will depend on the size of the bars as to what container you will want to use. Also, depending on the size of the container, you may gently lay or stack them when storing.
Now you are able to neatly remove each lotion bar separately and use the lotion bar while holding it in the parchment paper. This allows not only for the lotion to be applied only where intended, it also, again, ensures the bar to develop less bacteria.
How the Lotion Bar Ingredients Help Your Skin
SHEA BUTTER– It is a fat that comes from the Butyropermium parkii tree in Africa. This ingredient demonstrates anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
- Shea butter contains linoleic acid which been shown in studies to reduce inflammation and increase hydration in the skin, therefore, making shea butter a moisturizing ingredient.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL– Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. These properties help to make the lotion bars good for skin conditions such as eczema as well as yeast rashes on the extremities.
SQUALANE OIL– I chose to use squalane oil in this recipe. Below I give you the differences between squalane oil and squalene oil.
SQUALANE OIL VS SQUALENE OIL
Both oils are derived from either shark or olive. I will only choose to use the plant-based version of the oil when implementing it into my routine.
Squalane oil, however, is the hydrogenated form that is used in a lot of beauty products.
I used squalane oil in this lotion bar recipe. Squalane oil has a longer shelf life over squalene oil.
Unlike squalene oil, squalane oil is not active in the prevention of damage caused by free radicals, however, they do both reduce the damage done to the skin by free radicals.
Squalane oil benefits include repair of free radical oxidative stress damage on skin, quick absorption rate, antioxidant properties, hydrating benefits, locks moisture in naturally and creates a barrier to hold moisture in for longer.
I chose squalane oil for this recipe because it is shown to be beneficial to people with dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. However, you can choose to use either oil depending on your skin type.
- 1 Small pan
- 1 Chopstick, wooden spoon
- 1 Pint-sized mason jar
- ½ cup Beeswax
- ⅓ cup Shea Butter
- ½ cup Squalane oil
- 10-20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Pour the beeswax, shea butter and squalane oil into mason jar
- Fill the small pan with water so it comes 1/2 up the side of the mason jar when jar is placed inside of the pan (or a little more)
- Turn pan on low heat and place mason jar inside
- Stir occasionally until all pellets and shea butter have thoroughly melted
- Make sure not to get water in the lotion mixture
- When all is melted, carefully remove jar from pan and set aside for 2-3 minutes, depending on temperature of room. You want to let the mixture cool down slightly before adding tea tree essential oil. (SKIP THIS STEP IF NOT USING ESSENTIAL OIL)
- Add 10-20 drops of tea tree essential oil to the mixture and stir with chopstick or skewer
- Carefully pour hot liquid into molds. Make sure you set the molds somewhere they will not be moved.
- Wait until the lotion bars are completely solid before removing. This will depend on the size and thickness of the bars and the temperature of the room
- Remove the bars and wrap each bar in parchment paper for storage and easy removal
- Apply with dry hands and on dry skin
This lotion bar is great for soothing dry, irritated, itchy dry skin or just using as an everyday moisturizing bar.
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