DIY Makeup Lotion Bars

I am so excited about my trip to Cancun this weekend! I've already packed and repacked a few times already. And what I always leave to the last minute is my makeup bag. I think people are surprised that I don't pack a ton of things. I like to keep it to a minimalist approach when traveling.

One item I do that with it my lotion. Instead of packing a bottle of lotion, I'll make my own solid lotion bars. Have you tried these before? Essentially it's a solid lotion, looks kind of like a soap, but it becomes soft when body heat activates it. It is a lifesaver when traveling, y'all.

I usually make these in a muffin tin, but have made them in all sorts of different shapes. Today, I thought I'd make them look like makeup, since this is a beauty blog after all, but make these however you'd like.


  • Shaped mold--I prefer silicone, but the one I'm using is a mold for candy/chocolate. I got mine on Amazon
  • 1 part soy wax or beeswax
  • 1 part coconut oil or shea butter
  • essential oil (optional)
  • soap colorant (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 use a microwave.
  • Place the oil(s) and wax 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.
Let's see, I've got my compact, lipstick, perfume, eyeshadow duo, and of course mascara!

And for fun, I made tinted one with pink lipstick. No, the color doesn't come off onto skin.

  • I wanted to keep mine white, so I used soy wax. However, sometimes I make these with beeswax. Beeswax is used because it helps to hold the shape and allows the lotion bars to harden. 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 used a candy mold, silicone molds and ice trays work great too. 
  • I used just two products here, but feel free to mix equal parts shea and coconut oil.
  • To use, just rub onto the body.
  • These make great gift!
  • These store well for up to a year.
Have you ever tried making lotion bars before?

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  1. Love this DIY! This is such a great idea for traveling! I'm never able to carry on my bag is because of all of my toiletries!

    Doused In Pink

  2. How fun that you make your own lotion when you travel, doesn't surprise me one bit - you're so resourceful! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Such a fun DIY! I've never though to make lotion bars before but what a great idea for traveling! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. What a great DIY for traveling! I've never tried making my own lotion bars, it sounds so fun. And I'm so impressed your are packed already!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  5. These are so incredibly adorable, Elle - I can't even!


  6. The tinted one you made would be a great gift for a bridal shower or a small gathering. Too cute.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  7. This DIY lotion bar is all kinds of brilliant, Elle! How convenient for travelling, and definitely would make a great gift:) Really, you are too much with your generosity for sharing all these DIYs with us. XOXO

  8. Love this! I can see myself giving this kind of present to my friends. :)

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  9. this is so clever! sheesh what will you think of next :) i just love all the fun shapes :) and YAY for cancun!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  10. OK - that is just CUTE! What a fun way to take your lotion with you.
    Now - does it need to be a certain temperature or will it melt to a liquid form - just curious.
    I'm sure you are COUNTING DOWN... how fun!

  11. what a fun DIY. Have a great time on your trip.


  12. OMG those lotion bars came out so cute. That totally looks like a pink lipstick. You are so creative! I have heard great things about beeswax too.

    So exciting you are going to Cancun soon. Lucky girl!

  13. This looks like so much fun! I was going to get some new molds and would totally make these bars in them!

    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

  14. This is brilliant, Elle and very clever too!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  15. How cute are these!! I love the idea of a solid lotion bar too, because I'm always so worried that my lotion will spill everywhere when I'm traveling. So clever!!

  16. Your lotion bars came out soo good. Love the lipstick one.

  17. Omg how adorable are these?! I thought that was a real lipstick at first haha!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  18. I love it! such a great idea! Have a great time on your trip!

  19. Love this DIY! They look amazing. Have fun on you trip to Cancun. I would love to go there right now. :)


  20. These are the cutest things! They make the perfect gift!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  21. This is such a great idea for travel, especially if you're planning on packing in a carry on! I also love how easy it looks to make!

  22. Have an awesome time on your trip, Elle! These are so cute and would make such cute gifts! (:

  23. These are absolutely adorable and would make such sweet gifts!

  24. Have the best trip! Love the color of that lipstick too!



  25. Have the best trip! Love the color of that lipstick too!



  26. I have never thought of this before but it sounds genius!!! Plus how cute?!?!?! I will have to give it a try. I bet you are so ready for your trip!

  27. Seriously, these are the absolute cutest!!! You have the best DIY's!

  28. OMG these are so cute! I hope you have a blast in Cancun!

  29. How awesome!

    And I hope you have an amazing trip.

  30. I learn the coolest stuff from you! What a great gift idea :) I mean my mom is queen of crafty stuff but this may just knock her socks off LOL. Have a fabulous vacation!!!!!

  31. These are so cute!! I can see how they would be great for travel too. Kind of reminds me of Lush's massage bars since they are solid and melt with body heat too! I would have never thought to make my own lotion bars though!!

  32. AHHHH, these are brilliant!!! Love the lipstick one:)


  33. they look so cool and fun to make

  34. Your heading off on a trip and you have time to make soap wow. Have fun!!

    Allie of

  35. Wow these lotion bars look so cute, and they sound easy enough to make. I've used solid lotions from Lush before and I agree with you, they're great for travel.


  36. They are so cute!! It would make such a great gift!


  37. How fun! Love this idea, they would make great gifts or, like you said, great for travel!

  38. These are so cute! I wouldn't mind some lipstick shaped candy either ;)

  39. I have a few trips coming up this year and I always overpack and hate myself for it. This turned out so darn cute, you have talent woman!!


  40. Ok, this is revolutionary! I wish I could say I too am a minimalist packer but sadly I am not, and one thing that irks me to no end is how much space I waste having to pack shampoos and lotions. I'll be giving this a go for sure!


  41. How creative! I love this idea for travel!

  42. Lotion bars, how amazing and practical, I loved that! Excellent for travelling and for giving as a present, you are right! I also think this giveaway is brilliant :) I hope you have an amazing trip!

  43. How cute! Lotion bars, very creative and great for travel! Have fun on your trip to Cancun!

  44. um this is adorable and so creative! would be fun to make with kids too! have an amazing trip!

  45. WTH! These are so awesome and sounds stupid easy to make! Have fun in Cancun!!


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