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Homemade Lotion Bars


Hello, everyone!  I’ve been away for a while, haven’t I.  Life has been busy, what can I say?  At any rate, I’m back with my most recent beauty adventure:  lotion bars.  I’ve been wanting to try them for quite a while, but I didn’t make it happen until a couple weeks ago.  The recipe is simple:

1 part coconut oil
1 part shea butter
1 part beeswax (I used the pastilles rather than chopping up a big bar)

I also added some essential oil to give it a nice smell.  Unfortunately, I didn’t measure, so I can’t tell you how much I used.  That’s something you can experiment with if you want to add it.  I’m not sure which link I used, but here are two others who have made it with the same basic recipe (Wellness Mama has alternative ingredients, if you’re interested):  Wellness Mama and Made On:  Skin Care Products.

What to do:

(1) Combine the ingredients over heat until they are all melted together.  I used a double-boiler to avoid scalding.  However, next time I need to use less ingredients (I used 9 ounces of each item) or my larger double-boiler–as you can see, I’m really close to the rim.

Lotion mix in double boiler

(2) Pour into molds.  I used silicone molds because I figured removal would be easier (it was easy).  Other bloggers I’ve looked at use regular muffin tins.  As you can see, the 9 oz. of each made a good bit, filling a little over 12 muffins’ worth of molds.

Lotion molds

(3) Remove from molds.  Store in an air-tight container.  Easy!

Lotion bars

My daughter and I have been using these for a couple weeks now, and we both are enjoying them.  What I love is that they aren’t watery like some lotions and they really moisturize.  Best of all:  no chemicals.  

Homemade Deodorant


Yesterday, I posted about a stain remover that works wonders on armpit stains, among other things.  I mentioned in one of the photo captions that I would be writing about a homemade deodorant that helps prevent those stains in the first place.  It is another item from OneGoodThingByJillee.com, and I have been using it for over a month.

I use the second recipe she lists in the blog entry:

2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/8 Cup Baking Soda
1/8 Cup Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch

However, I added 10 drops of tea tree oil to it.  Tea tree oil has antibiotic properties, and if you can cut down on bacteria, you can cut down on odor.  NOTE:  Tea tree oil can irritate sensitive skin, so use with caution.

This form of deodorant is NOT solid, nor is it sprayable liquid.  It is kind of a goopy mess, so I keep it in a kitchen storage container and just stick my fingers in like I would with old-fashioned styling gel.  If you want it more solid, you can keep in the fridge, and it will be solid enough to rub on.

If you try it, let me know what you think!

Update 7/23/14:  I’ve been using this for a year now, and I love it!  I did find that eventually the tea tree oil caused irritation, so I’m now making it without any oils, though I’ve thought about trying lavender.  The thing I like best is that I no longer get the smelly armpit stains–and I mean smelly.  My antiperspirant often failed, so sweat would mingle with the chemicals and leave a smell that is way worse than my own sweat.  I don’t have these anymore.  Yay!

Note:  For tips on how to get those kinds of stains out, you can look at my entry on a Dawn & peroxide stain remover, which I got from onegoodthingbyjillee.com (link in my post):  https://mycreativeside44.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/dawn-and-peroxide-stain-remover-for-laundry/

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