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Handmade Christmas Gifts: Lotion Bars

Thursday, 5 November 2015


This year I've decided to make some gifts for family with my daughter for that extra personal touch.

First off are handmade lotion bars, which to be fair I will be making without my daughter as it involves the use of the hob, hot water and very hot wax. My test run was hugely successful!

Ingredients for making 8 in my mini silicone jelly moulds (4cm diameter). I bought them all from ebay.

  1. 50g beeswax
  2. 50ml almond oil
  3. 50g coconut oil

I added a few drops of tea tree oil but it was not enough. Next time I will try about a tsp and use a different oil. Apparently lavender is good but I'm not so keen on the smell personally.

Instructions:

  1. Melt the beeswax over a double boiler - see first image above. That is: a pan of simmering water with a bowl sitting in the pan. Make sure the bowl is not touching the water. This is how you temper chocolate.
  2. When melted, add the almond oil. When added this will solidify a bit, but it will melt. This is shown in the second image above.
  3. When almost melted, add the coconut oil and let that melt too. Shown in the first image below.
  4. When all melted transfer to a mould - mine is silicone which is great for popping the solidified bars out. I used a deep spoon, rather that pouring the mixture as I imagine I would otherwise pour most of it around the moulds.
  5. Let it set overnight. I put mine in the fridge.

I've just started using my first batch and its easy to apply. It melts nicely in the hands, I'm keeping them in the fridge to keep firm until I need to use them. Its too early to say whether they are good for my sensitive allergy prone skin. Next time I'll add some more essential oils to give them a better smell. The almond and coconut oil don't have a fragrance but the beeswax does and its not very nice. Its natural and not unpleasant, but the bars could do with a fragrance.

I think they're really pretty and will make a lovely gift in a clip top jar with a bit of ribbon and a tag.

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