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Homemade Lotion Bars

Coconut oil, shea butter, Vitamin E, beeswax, and essential oils combine to create luxurious DIY lotion bars to combat dry hands. Warm a bar with your hands for a few seconds then rub across dry skin. To use on feet, rub the lotion bar across heels and bottom of feet, and put on a pair of socks before going to bed.
Active Time10 mins
cooling30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Yield: 3 bars
Cost: Under $10


  • glass pour measuring cup
  • small baking sheet
  • lotion bar mold (silicone soap molds work great)



  • Fill a sauce pan with about 2" of water and bring to a boil. Place a mason jar or smaller pot inside (double boiler**) and add your shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil and heat until melted.
    bees wax and shea butter in glass measuring cup
  • Transfer to a pourable measuring cup. Cut the tip off of the vitamin E capsule and add it to your liquid mixture.
    adding vitamin e to lotion bars
  • Add essential oils, to your liking. As a reference, I used about 15 drops of each of the lemon and lime essential oils. Stir. 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 lotion bars to sit until the tops start to look solid (about 15 minutes). Carefully move to the refrigerator and allow to set completely about 30 minutes.
    pulling lotion bar out of soap mold
  • Pop your lotion bars out of the molds. Store solid lotion bars at room temperature for a long shelf life.
    finished lotion bars



To use, wrap your fingers around a bar. The warmth of 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!