How to Make Lotion Bars: Homemade Citrus & Clove Lotion Bars
Wondering how to make lotion bars? Great, you’re in the right place. Wait! Even if you weren’t sitting around wondering how to make lotion bars, surely you’re a little curious, right? I mean, knowing how to make lotion bars could totally save your life some day! 😉
Okay, learning how to make lotion bars probably won’t actually save your life but the knowledge could come in handy. For example, when it’s the dead of winter and your elbows feel like medium grain sandpaper or when you realize you need a heartfelt yet frugal last minute gift for that great aunt (or uncle) you’re always forgetting about.
See, knowing how to make lotion bars can definitely come in handy!
Sure, I realize that they sell lotion (in bar form and otherwise) at the grocery store but knowing how to make lotion bars has several advantages over knowing how to buy lotion bars. For one, with homemade lotion bars you control the contents meaning you can easily avoid chemicals, irritants, and other suspect ingredients. In addition, making your lotion bars at home can save you money and allow you to create a heartfelt gift.
One of the reasons I set out to learn how to make lotion bars was so I could ensure my skin was getting something nutritious. These homemade lotion bars include plenty of skin nourishing ingredients including Shea butter and coconut oil. That means these bars won’t just sooth skin but help “cure” it.
Don’t worry, learning how to make lotion bars isn’t complicated (it’s certainly not physics or calculus!). In fact, you can tackle these citrus and clove lotion bars in about 10 minutes (minus the time they need to set and firm up) with minimal ingredients and tools.
Bonus: These homemade lotion bars make a great gift for men or women because their scent is less feminine or masculine and more clean and refreshing. I love when I find a “unisex” homemade gift. However if you aren’t crazy about the citrus and clove scent you can easily customize these lotion bars to fit your needs. Here are some of my other favorite easy lotion bar recipes:
- Creamsicle lotion bars – These bars combine orange and vanilla for a sweet scent you won’t soon forget.
- Sunscreen lotion bars – These bars will protect and nourish your skin!
- Coconut oil & lavender lotion bars – Feeling stressed? These bars can help thanks to the addition of lavender essential oil.
Of course, you don’t have to use any of my favorite lotion bar recipes. (Don’t worry, I won’t be offended.) 🙂 You can easily create your very own custom lotion bars by using a combination of 2-3 essential oils you love. So… don’t be afraid to get creative when figuring out how to make lotion bars!
½ cup beeswax
¼ cup Shea butter
½ cup coconut oil
8-10 orange essential oil
5-6 drops clove essential oil
Dried orange peel (optional)
Note: Consider adding the dried orange peel if you’ll be using these homemade lotion bars in the shower as the orange peel provides some gentle exfoliation.
1. Add beeswax, Shea butter, and coconut oil to a small saucepan and melt over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Note: If you prefer, you can add the ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl and melt them in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
2. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils and dried orange peel (optional).
3. Quickly pour mixture into silicon mold.
Caution: Be quick but also be cautious – the mixture will be hot!
4. Allow lotion bars to firm up.
Tip: You can speed this step up by placing the mold in the freezer or fridge.
5. When completely set, carefully remove lotion bars from the mold and store in a cool dry location.
Now that you know how to make lotion bars, are you ready to tackle more homemade beauty products? (Don’t worry, they’ll be easy peasy, I promise!) If so, be sure to stock up on inspiration by:
- Browsing Freebie Finding Mom’s homemade beauty recipes
- Following DIY Beauty (Pinterest board)
- Following Homemade Beauty Products (Pinterest board)
This looks awesome, I can’t wait to make these! Thank you for sharing. One question – what is the expected shelf life of the bars once they’re made?