Soft, smooth, yummy, ALL NATURAL, fun to make, endless creative smelling possibilities – all packaged in an itty bitty, cute container. Did I sell you on making some all natural lip balm or hard lotion? You’ll be glad you said YES.
Jennifer, my professional aromatherapist friend, taught me how to make this fun stuff. She learned from her friend who is graciously sharing her recipe with all of us! (adapted from recipe found here). I wasn’t familiar with hard lotion, but I tried some of Jennifer’s and I can see why people love it! You just rub it in your hands or on rough spots like you would a bar of soap (without water). This makes it easy to target dry spots and the beeswax (included to make it hard) helps lock in the moisture, so I am told.
Because we love pictures around here, this picture tutorial will hopefully speak for itself.
Let’s start with one of the most fun parts – picking your container. The Sage.com has the best prices Jennifer has found and From Nature with Love has the best selection with great prices as well. Look at these colorful lid colors…
Here is a shot of all the containers we used for this project. For the hard lotion, you don’t have to have professional molds – in fact I love what Jennifer uses. See if you can spot the “free” molds.
She used an empty laundry detergent measuring container and an empty cookie tray. So clever!
Jennifer had this tray for molding soap – it worked perfect for Hard Lotion as well.
Here is the next clever thing Jennifer taught me – you can use an old egg carton and turn it into a stand to hold your empty lip balm containers while you fill them so they don’t tip over. Genius. To make it SUPER simple, look on the bottom for the ones that have these circles already indented in them.
Then just grab your vegetable peeler (perfect size) or craft knife and cut around the circle. If you don’t have an egg carton with the circles, just trace the container and then cut on the line.
Hard Lotion Base and Lip Balm Ingredients:
4 oz. Beeswax
6 oz. Coconut Oil (or 2 oz. Aloe Butter & 4 oz. Coconut Oil)
8 oz. Cocoa Butter
Essential Oil if desired – 10-20 drops per 2 oz. of lotion
* You can get all the “butters” here or at thesage.com and the essential oils, here.
This is what the oils look like out of their package.
Place ingredients, except essential oil, in a glass liquid measuring cup. Fill a medium saucepan half-way with water and place the liquid measuring cup in it over medium heat.
We wanted to try out a few different essential oil combinations, so Jennifer cleverly used an electric skillet. This gave room for the juice glasses for the smaller batches.
Melt the waxes and oils. To test for desired consistency remove a small amount and let cool. (Especially important if you use other butters than what is in the recipe). Rub it in your hands or try it on your lips if you’re making lip balms. Add more coconut oil to make it softer and more beeswax to make it harder.
We poured it into something with a spout so it would be easier to pour into the containers.
Then we divided it between some smaller containers so we could make different scents with the same batch. Each container will tell you how much it will hold. A standard lip balm tube holds about .15 oz. and a hard lotion tube holds about .7 oz. To be sure you don’t waste any, weigh the liquid before adding your essential oils. A scale allows for precision in following recipes and no waste – but you could do just as well with a good guess.
*If you are making all the same scent, you can skip this part.
Add essential oils, if desired, just before pouring.
Pour into your chosen containers. You can pour the whole batch into a 9 x 13 baking dish. *A silicone one works best but glass is good too. You just need to set it on a hot wet dish towel to melt the bottom slightly then tap it upside down a few times to get it to drop out. Cut into bars and wrap in wax paper. If you cut it 4 x 4 it produces 16 bars 2.25″ x 3.25″.
*Silicone muffin tins, candy molds, soap molds, old interesting cookie packaging, laundry detergent cups, plastic food containers, etc. all work well as molds. Some people say to put the filled molds in the freezer for 30 minutes to get the lotion bars to pop out easily.
This picture is a lotion bar tube but the lip balm tubes work the same way.
Fill half-way, allow to cool slightly, continue pouring until it is domed on the top. It will shrink as it cools.
Look how fun!
Here are some of the Lotion Bars out of their molds.
All wrapped up and ready for gifting!
You can create labels to go on your lip balms if you want or just leave them looking natural.
Here are some of the essential oil combinations Jennifer has tried:
1 oz. hard lotion base
1.7 ml Natural Vanilla Oil (the sage.com)
4 drops peppermint essential oil
Hard Lotion Tubes
.7 oz hard lotion base with one of these combinations:
10 drops Essential Oil blend
14 drops Wild Orange & 4 drops Ylang Ylang (a fruity floral combination that smells a bit exotic)
7 drops Frankincense & 7 drops Peppermint (warm, bright & sweet all at the same time and it could ease a headache too!). I love this combination!
Hard Lotion “Cookie” Mold
1.5 oz hard lotion base
8-10 drops Lavender essential oil
8-10 drops Lime essential oil
These make excellent homemade gifts! You can personalize the scent to the receiver.
Need more essential oil inspiration? Read these posts…
A mother of 5 who holds a degree in English and run on sentences. She has a passion for photography, especially capturing life's sweet moments. She has a serious addiction to Oreos, coconut oil and sushi...not necessarily all at the same time. She is one of the 3 founders of HowDoesShe.com.
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