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Easy Super Moisturizing Hard Lotion Bar Recipes

Amber Harder

Posted on December 17 2015

Easy Hard Lotion Bar Recipe
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Hard lotion bars are a unique twist on the traditional lotion formulation.  They are solid at room temperature but quickly melt using just the warmth of your hands.  Their formulation makes them easy to carry with you anywhere you go.  They are super moisturizing, providing quick relief to dry, cracked skin.  Best of all, they are super easy to make and have no chemicals.  Below, I've provided some easy recipes that you can do yourself.
Hard Lotion Bar Ingredients

Recipe #1: Hard Lotion Bar

What you will need:
4 oz Beeswax
1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional)
1/2 oz skin safe fragrance or essential oil (optional)
Directions:
Combine coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a double broiler.  (If you don't have a double broiler, place mixture into a glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan that is filled with an inch or so of water.)  Heat until mixture is completely melted, stirring continuously.  
Remove from heat and add the vitamin E, fragrance, or essential oils if using.  Stir mixture until the ingredients are completely incorporated.
Carefully pour into molds.  I use silicone molds, as the lotion bars will pop out of those easily.  Tip:  Use any shape of mold you like, such as hearts, rectangles, seasonal, etc. and give as gifts to loved ones.

Recipe #2: Pain Relief Hard Lotion Bar

Ingredients:
4 oz Coconut Oil
4 oz Beeswax
4 oz Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, or Mango Butter (or a mix)
1 1/2 TBS Menthol Crystals
15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional)
3/4 tsp Arnica Oil (optional)
Directions:
Combine coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a double broiler.  (If you don't have a double broiler, place mixture into a glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan that is filled with an inch or so of water.)  Heat until mixture is completely melted, stirring continuously.  
Remove from heat and add the menthol crystals, essential oil, vitamin E, or arnica oil if using.  Stir mixture until the ingredients are completely incorporated.
Carefully pour into molds.
Hard Lotion Bars in Mold
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Each recipe made 6 of the large bars pictured above.  Easily adjust it according to how much you would like to make.  These recipes are also easily customizable.  I add rosehip oil to our bars because it improves complexion, rejuvenates skin, and makes for healthy nails, but you can add any other oil you would like that is beneficial for skin.  Need a bug repellent bar?  Simply add a bug repellent essential oil blend or equal amounts of lavender & lemon (or citronella).  Like some sunscreen?  Add 1 TBS of non-nano zinc oxide when you add the essential oils. 
Don't have the time or energy to make them yourself?  Here's a great selection of Hard Lotion Bars for you to choose from.  They come already wrapped and ready to gift, even if it is to yourself.

What do you think of lotion bars?  Have you tried them or have a recipe to share?

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