Homeamde Citrus Lotion Bars: The Cure for Winter Hands

Homemade gifts are my favorite. I love to make and receive them. For Christmas, my mom gave me a lotion bar that she had made. I suffer from dry skin, especially on my hands. And not just in the winter, but all year long. I’m sure it is due to the fact that I have young children and an constantly washing my hands after diaper changes, wiping noses, and cleaning. I’m sure weather also has something to do with it. That lotion bar took my cracked knuckles and gave them a nice makeover within a couple of days. I now use a lotion bar every night before going to bed and I have had soft hands all winter! Today I am going to share how I made my own lotion bars with my favorite essential oils: lemon and lime.

The beauty of these melt and mold type projects is that you can customize them however you’d like! Your favorite ingredients, base oils, and essential oils. If you are allergic to coconut oil, you can use olive oil. You get the idea.

Homemade Lotion Bars

Homemade lotion bars are incredibly easy to make and only require a few ingredients. I love making beauty products and already had a lot of the supplies in my cupboard from when I made lip gloss and melt and pour soap last year.

Homemade Lotion Bars

You will need equal ratios for this recipe, so that is easy to remember. I went with 2 oz. ratios.

Make Your Own Lotion Bars:

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Makes 3 2″x3″ bars

2 oz. coconut oil

2 oz. shea butter (or cocoa butter)

2 oz. bees wax pellets

2 capsules vitamin E (I found mine at Walmart for a couple of bucks)

essential oils for scent (optional)

soap mold (plastic or silicone)

microwave safe bowl (disposable works great too)

If you need help finding sites to order your ingredients you can use the links in the supplies list from Amazon or scroll to the bottom of the post for the other sources I used. I will share where I found everything I needed.

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Melt your shea butter, bees wax and coconut oil in the microwave in 20 second intervals.

Homemade Lotion Bars

It will take a couple of minutes. Here it is after 60 seconds. Just stir well after each interval. Below is what it will look like when it is completely melted.

Homemade Lotion Bars

Cut the tip off of the vitamin E capsule and add it to your liquid mixture.

Add lemon and lime essential oils, to your liking. As a reference, I used about 15 drops of each. Stir after adding the oils. If your mixture is lightly scented, add a few more drops and give it another whiff. If it smells just right, add a couple of more drops as it sometimes seems to lose potency when it has hardened.

Pour your mixture into your molds.

Allow to sit until tops start to look solid (about 15 minutes). Carefully move to the refrigerator and allow to set completely, about 30 minutes.

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Pop your lotion bars out of the molds.

Homemade Lotion Bars

2 oz. of bees wax will make a nice firm bar. If you’d like a softer bar that reacts to the heat of your skin quicker, you can lower the amount of bees wax to 1.5 oz. or even 1 oz. The beauty of the melt and pour method is that if you don’t like the consistency you can change it! If it is too hard, remelt it and add a more coconut oil or shea butter and let it set up again. If it is too soft for you liking, add a little more beeswax. It’s completely up to you. Just use my measurements as a starting point.

To use, wrap your fingers around your bar. The warmth from your skin will activate the oils and leave a soft and smooth residue. A little bit goes a long way. Rub into your hands and allow it to absorb. Your hands will thank you!

If you enjoy making your own beauty products, you may enjoy this collection of homemade beauty gifts that I put together below! homemade beauty gifts

Homemade Beauty Gift Ideas


    • says

      Hi Monica,

      There are several companies (doTerra, Young Living, etc.) that sell essential oils and my friends rave about their quality. I purchased mine from a seller on E-bay after reading positive reviews. I am not an expert on oils, but these worked perfectly for my soaps and lip gloss that I made. Here is the link: http://www.ebay.com/usr/wf-medical Hope that helps!

  1. Krystil says

    Although lemon/lime can be a wonderful scent, be very careful using it & sun exposure. Citrus essential oils can cause sun sensitivity. Skin can be more sensitive to sunlight & can burn easier. Just use caution when applying a citrus lotion & limit time in direct sunlight.

  2. Lizzie says

    I just made my first batch of these (minus the vit e oil and using cocoa butter), and I am in love with them!

    I work in child care, so I’m always washing my hands and they get very dry, sore and cracked. After two uses my hands feel better than they have in years. They’re no longer sore or dry, and the cracks seem to be healing already.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe :)

    • says

      Yay! Your hands sound like mine! I couldn’t believe the results after the first few days. No more cracked knuckles. Glad they helped you to!!

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