I absolutely love lotion bars! They are less messy than regular lotion, you don't have to worry about them spilling out into your handbag, you always use the perfect amount, and they make awesome gifts!
**If you would like to see a video tutorial, scroll down to the bottom of this post.**
This recipe is really simple, because you don't have to use any particular measurement for the ingredients, such as teaspoons or cups. As long as you use equal amounts of oil, wax, and shea butter, you'll be just fine. You can also add in a bit of essential oils to give your solid lotion a nice fragrance, but this is optional.
What You Need:
1 part beeswax
1 part organic olive oil (coconut oil is fine too)
1 part shea butter
a silicone mold
a few drops of essential oils (optional)
How To Make It:
1. Measure out the beeswax, olive oil, and shea butter, and put them into a Pyrex measuring cup.
2. Add a few inches of water in a saucepan, then place the measuring cup in as well. Heat the water to boiling, then turn it down to a simmer.
3. Gently stir the beeswax mixture until melted, then remove the measuring cup from the water.
4. Let the melted wax mixture cool a little, then stir in any essential oils you want to use.
5. Pour the mixture into a mold, and let harden. Store lotion bars in a ziplock bag, empty mint tin, or any type of container you like.
I love lip scrubs. I also love cotton candy. Combine the two, and you have a lip scrub that is good enough to eat! This scrub is so easy to make, and is a great gift idea. Simply scoop a little out of the container, and buff it onto damp lips. Wipe it away and then apply your lip color. Using a lip scrub every day helps rev up circulation making your lips plumper, removes dry skin so your lip color goes on more smoothly, and helps keep them hydrated.
What you need:
5 tablespoons white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (almond oil is good as well)
6 drops cotton candy flavoring (you can get this in the candy-making section of most craft stores)
2 drops blue food coloring
2 drops pink food coloring
How to make it:
1. Set out 3 small bowls. In the first bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of sugar with 3 drops of flavoring, 2 drops of blue food coloring, and 1 teaspoon of oil.
2. In the second bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of sugar with 3 drops of flavoring, 2 drops of pink food color, and 1 teaspoon of oil.
3. In the third bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of oil.
4. In a separate bowl with a snug-fitting lid, place the blue sugar one one side, the pink sugar on the other side, and the white sugar in the middle. Gently swirl the colors together with a knife, spoon, or skewer.
This scrub will keep for a couple months if sealed tightly and kept away from moisture.
By now I'm sure you've heard of, or maybe even used, some of those wonderful shower jellies sold by Lush. If you haven't, you're missing out! Shower jellies are a type of gelatinous soap that is sort of like solidified shower gel.
I made these several years ago, and sort of forgot about them until one of my followers asked if I could make them. I was so glad she brought it up, as they are a lot of fun to both make and use.
This recipe is NOT vegan, but I will tell you what ingredients to use in order to make it vegan. Let's get soapy!
***Scroll all the way down to see my YouTube tutorial video!***
What you need:
2 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin (if you want a vegan version, use 5 teaspoons of powdered agar agar) You can buy agar agar HERE.
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup shower gel, liquid hand soap, or castile soap
3-5 drops of essential oil or 1/4 teaspoon soap fragrance (you can find this at a hobby or craft store)
2-3 drops of liquid soap coloring (you can find this at a hobby or craft store)
1 tsp salt (acts as a preservative)
silicone mold or empty glass jar
skin-safe glitter (optional. You can find this at a hobby or craft store)
How to make it:
1. Dissolve the gelatin or agar agar in the boiling water.
2. Add in the salt, and stir until dissolved.
3. Add the shower gel or liquid soap, and gently stir to combine. You want to try to avoid causing air bubbles.
4. Stir in the essential oils or soap fragrance.
5. Add the glitter (if you're using it), and gently stir.
6. Carefully pour the mixture into the mold or jar, and place in the refrigerator for roughly 5 hours, or until it has congealed. (If there are air bubbles on your jellies, spray them with a little rubbing alcohol. This will cause them disappear!)
7. If using a mold, pop your jellies out and use them! If you used a jar, scoop a bit out and lather up!
**The salt in this recipe acts as a preservative, but you should use your jellies within 2 weeks for best results.
If you want to learn a little more about making fun bath products, check out my tutorial on Getting Started with Melt and Pour Soap.