12.18.2013

Beauty DIY: Christmas Lotion Bars


I've got another DIY for you today--lotion bars! These are easy to make and make wonderful gifts, especially last-minute ones. They're perfect for travel, too. You'll love them!

N e e d:
  • Silicone mold--I used ones from Target and Wal-Mart that are around $1
  • 1 part beeswax
  • 1 part coconut oil or shea butter
  • essential oil (optional)
  • glass container
  • cooking pot, water, stove, pot holders, spoon
D o:
  • The best and fastest way to make these is to use a double boiler. You can microwave, but it is unpredictable and takes forever/
  • Be sure to use a glass container that you aren't going to reuse for food, as it will be hard to clean.
  • Place the oil(s) and beeswax in the glass container and allow to melt.
  • Stir, add essential oil(s), and then pour into your mold. 
  • Allow to set and harden for a couple of hours. 
  • Pop lotion bars out of mold and then store in an air-tight container.

T r y:
  • Beeswax is used because it helps to hold the shape and allows the lotion bars to harden. It is also fine for the skin, as opposed to regular wax. Beeswax holds moisture and is non-comedigenic. If giving this as a gift, please be sure the recipient isn't allergic to beeswax or any of the ingredients.
  • While I use silicone molds, ice trays work great too. 
  • I used just two products here, but feel free to mix equal parts shea and coconut oil.
  • I don't suggest dyeing the lotion bars.
  • To use, simply break off a piece of heat the lotion using body heat.
  • There are so many ways to present these--I used an old candle jar and filled it with fake snow.
  • These store well for up to a year.

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    43 comments:

    1. Adorable and yummy ^^

      kiss
      http://www.mademoisellemode.com/

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    2. Best idea! This is so sweet and I love the personalised touch.

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    3. Awwww they are so cute! And sweet! It will be a great Xmas gift idea, thanks to share them!
      Xxx beauty

      Carolina

      www.the-world-c.blogspot.com

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    4. such a fun gift to give. You always have great DIY

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    5. I must admit I've never used lotion bars before. This looks easy enough to make.

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    6. You have the best DIY! Thanks so much for sharing Elle!

      sandyleestyle.blogspot

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    7. What a wonderful idea! They are so festive (yet functional)! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    8. great idea!! and i love the holiday shapes. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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    9. You are so talented. I need to get a double boiler and figure this out. It's so much nicer to make your own beauty products and know what's in them.

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    10. I love this idea!! If i have time i am making some of these for xmas gifts!

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    11. Great idea! Those molds are the cutest!

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    12. What a cute idea!! Perfect stocking stuffers just wrap in some pretty cellophane and a festive ribbon and you are good to go.

      Allie of ALLIE NYC
      allienyc.com

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    13. I am seriously impressed with your skills right now. I love homemade gifts! And it is cute that you could really make them in any mold!

      Angi@ cantbuymelovvve.blogspot.com

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    14. What a cool idea! I never would have thought about doing something like this.

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    15. I'm going to show this to my co-worker... she was experimenting with different recipes for lotion bars the other day!!!!!! How perfect! :D

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    17. I'm printing this out and putting it with my holiday stuff so I remember to make these next year as gifts- what a great idea!

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    18. Wow this is such a cool DIY! Thanks for sharing!
      www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    19. Lotion bars are great! This is such an excellent DIY too. x/Madison

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    20. This is such a great idea! I want to try this!

      Jess x
      Feel free to check out my blog if you get the chance to stop by x x x
      www.momentsofbeautywars.blogspot.co.uk

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    21. Love this idea! Everyone gives cookies for an easy, cheap Christmas gift, and let's get real - a girl can only eat so many cookies!

      Such a great alternative for a nice, homemade gift for coworkers!

      xo

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    22. These would make perfect Christmas gifts! Thanks for sharing! Xo

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    23. Love this cute and useful idea, would make for excellent gift additions!

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    24. What a great gift! These looks so adorable! I might have to make these this weekend!
      xo,
      Jacqueline

      stylininstlouis.com

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    25. These are so pretty and I'm sure they travel so well, too!

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    26. Loads of kisses honey!

      Carolina

      www.the-world-c.blogspot.com

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    27. They look fantastic, Elle. You can even hang them on the tree as a decoration. xx

      www.todaymyway.com

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    28. Great tag and fabulous DIY idea - I love the way they turned out! x

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    29. This is such a great gift or stocking stuffer idea!

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    30. What a wonderful idea! I had no idea that these were so easy to make!

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    31. These are so cute and would make excellent little stocking fillers.
      http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    32. Oh these are such a great idea, I will have to try this maybe for another holiday! :)

      Nina
      http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

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    33. these look amazing!! Would be great to make just 4 guests at my house too

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    34. These sound amazing and this is such a great idea!!

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    35. These are SO cute, Elle! I made everyone earrings this year, but these would be perfect for next year. :)

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