52 Weeks to Toxin Free DIY Homemade Lotion Bars

For the past eight years I have been making homemade soap for our family that is free of conventional chemicals, dyes and perfumes. I had not yet learned to make DIY homemade lotion so I opted to start learning to make soap first. Living in the arid Arizona climate can be brutal to your skin; hard water, 350 some odd days of sunshine creating the beautiful dry climate can also make your skin dry. Showering should not make the situation any worse, yet I have found that commercial soaps and lotions often leave my skin feeling less than hydrated. So this year while tackling fears, I decided to find a way to make DIY homemade lotion for my family and the recipe I found required some adjustments for our sensitive and dry skin.

The beauty of the DIY homemade lotion is that it is completely portable, no problem to travel with on airplanes, to the beach, the gym and or just keep in your bathroom. I made quite a few for my family this year for Christmas gifts and they were absolutely gorgeous and smelled divine. No harsh chemicals. No perfumes. No dyes. Just good old fashioned skin softening goodness in a DIY homemade lotion. What I found to be even more awesome was the cost savings, the application and the peace of mind.

Even the organic and skin friendly lotions that claim to be dye and perfume or scent free still have a scent applied to them to be scent free. Hard to believe I know, but I saw the whole process on “How They Do It” and was greatly disappointed. My thought was to use coconut oil straight from the jar. How easy? Not really…my skin isn’t quite that dry. So how does one go about moisturizing your skin without the harsh perfumes, chemicals and without feeling like you just lubed up with a can of Crisco? I am so glad you asked because there are so many awesome, natural, vegan, non bovine (cow fats), non petroleum….yes, petroleum as in the petroleum used for fuel for cars, options for moisturizing your skin.

In fact, this awesome recipe can be done in your home and can yield about four to five dozen lotion bars to have around the house and in your home. Here is your shopping list of what you will need to make these beauties. The best part of the ingredients list is that you can buy the majority of these at your local health food or natural foods store, a craft store and or online through Amazon.

  • lotion bars, DIY lotion bars, homemade lotion bars, natural lotioncoconut oil (standard cooking coconut oil), I love the Kirkland brand personally
  • Shea butter
  • beeswax
  • Macadamia nut oil (I used this in lieu of vitamin E oil, you may also use grape seed oil as well)
  • (optional) favorite essential oils – mine are Lavender for the obvious reasons, lavender being so gentle for the skin and relaxation, Joy, because we all need Joy and Panaway for sore muscles after a great workout

Using a double boiler, or if you are like me (lazy) I use a large Pyrex measuring cup and my microwave, melt down the beeswax and shea butter first. These may take a bit so microwave at 30 second to one minute increments in order to not over cook and overheat your microwave. Once they are a liquid, add the remaining oils except the essential oils. Stir until all oils are mixed together and then add your favorite essential oil. **At this point in the process you may also add 2 TBSP zinc oxide and turn these lotion bars into sunscreen lotion bars which are fabulous for the warmer spring and summer months on the go. No sprays, no messy creamy lotion, just a take and go bar for your beach bag or purse.

**Avoid using citrus essential oils due to photo-sensitivity.**

homemade lotion, homemade lotion recipe, homemade lotion bars, DIY lotion bars, DIY lotionNow that the oils are all mixed together, pour into your favorite mold. I like my mini cupcake tin as the lotion bars are these palm size adorable cupcake shape, I also have different shapes that I have used for my kids like hearts and stars. After filling your mold, place into freezer for 30 minutes to let setup. Remove from freezer and give a good smack on the bottom of the tin and all the lotions bars will easily pop out. Place into adorable paper cupcake cups, tins and or decorative baskets. The lotion bars may melt a bit under warmth from the hot sun, warm spaces like pockets or purses and in your hand the lotion bar will begin to soften. In order to harden the bars again, place into fridge. You may also keep in the fridge for freshness, though not necessary.

Meet the Author

Karie Herring

Karie Herring rambles of a former life in Phoenix, AZ while raising a teen and tween twins in their new home in Orlando, FL. She has been featured in AOL Money & Finance, Betty Confidential and Career School Now. She's a full-time technical writer, functional fitness athlete, overachieving wife and mom. She loves talking about maneuvering motherhood, womanhood, and her passion for essential oils and natural living.

40 comments… add one
  • Susan Smith Mar 29, 2016, 1:02 pm

    Sweet recipe. Awesome ingredients! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jerry Marquardt Mar 29, 2016, 3:23 pm

    I am going to try this process. I appreciate the instructions and know-how on doing it.

    • Sara Apr 2, 2016, 10:16 am

      I love home made soap its meals great

  • shannon fowler Mar 29, 2016, 7:27 pm

    This sounds amazing! I have never attempted to make my own but i certainly want to try

  • Sarah L Mar 29, 2016, 8:38 pm

    That’s a great recipe. I like lotion bars since they are so easy to carry around with me.

  • Oriana Sleeper Mar 30, 2016, 2:23 pm

    Wow! This is pretty cool!

  • denise low Mar 31, 2016, 8:36 am

    Thank you for the recipe. This sounds great. Will give it a try.

  • ellen beck Mar 31, 2016, 8:33 pm

    I like that zinc oxide can be added to make it a sunscreen. These are clever too in that you could put them in a container or leave them out. I always know when te summer is here because butter and coconut oil melt. Not being in a hotclimate, we dont have central AC and use window units 🙂

  • Dotty J Boucher Apr 10, 2016, 12:27 pm

    I love this quick and easy recipe for these lotion bars, would make a wonderful gift also.

  • Deb E Apr 22, 2016, 12:04 pm

    I love shea butter and always wanted to make my own lotion. I like that you can just use paper cupcake liners too. Must try this one.

  • Pamela James Apr 22, 2016, 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I am going to try this & have pinned it so I’ve got no excuses for getting up the courage!

  • Jeanine Carlson Apr 23, 2016, 11:43 pm

    All I need is beeswax to make this happen!

  • mindy Apr 24, 2016, 8:26 pm

    Wow I didn’t know you could make these! I’m gonna save this for later use !!

  • Jenine May 2, 2016, 12:13 pm

    You know, I’ve never actually tried a lotion bar? I should make one. How do you transport one – let’s say in a toiletry bag when travelling? Do you have to wrap it or put it in a jar?

    • Karie Herring May 3, 2016, 10:53 am

      I love my lotion bars and I transport mine in a cupcake wrapper or a ziploc bag. I am so afraid with a jar that the jar will break when traveling. They are so easy peasy to make, you’ll love them!

  • Dotty J Boucher Jun 27, 2016, 8:01 pm

    I am loving this, although I have tried to make my own, I must not be that good at it, it usually falls apart ,like my soap does.. not sure what I am doing wrong.

  • Erin K. Jun 30, 2016, 2:12 pm

    Love the recipe. We just started making our own soap. I love being so self sufficient!

  • belinda bell Jul 21, 2016, 6:39 pm

    I have never made homemade soap, but I am going to try making your.

  • Veronica Lee Jul 27, 2016, 9:33 am

    I am loving this quick and easy recipe for lotion bars. Perfect as gifts too.

  • Kathleen Kelly Aug 12, 2016, 8:12 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I live in northern Wisconsin and winters are particularly hard on my skin. These bars would be perfect to help that.

  • Cheryl Everitt Aug 13, 2016, 12:51 pm

    I have always wondered how to make these lotions. You have inspired me to give it a try.

  • sheila ressel Aug 20, 2016, 9:43 am

    Sounds easy enough to make. I think I may give it a try.

  • Krystel Aug 27, 2016, 7:27 pm

    This is awesome i love DIY products

  • Darlene Demell Oct 19, 2016, 9:50 pm

    I have always wanted to try making homemade soap but never got around to it. You make it sound very easy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Treen Goodwin Oct 20, 2016, 7:35 am

    wow amazing thanks for sharing , i will def be trying this out 🙂

  • Renee Walters Nov 2, 2016, 9:50 am

    I have never tried making this before. Doesn’t seem as difficult as I thought. Thanks for the instructions! I may give it a try.

  • Tamra Phelps Nov 17, 2016, 5:30 pm

    My skin has gotten drier since I became diabetic, & skincare products just keep getting more expensive. I would definitely try making my own!

  • janie vezina Dec 10, 2016, 5:34 pm

    awesome, my daughter loves lotion bars for her ezcema, its not easy to find, glad to know how to make it now

  • Lynne Chambers Dec 14, 2016, 5:58 pm

    I have sensitive skin so I want soap without harsh chemicals. I will give this a try!

  • Lynne B Dec 14, 2016, 10:50 pm

    I think I actually have all the ingredients necessary to make these lotion bars! Except I don’t have many EO’s. This is so much better than buying them at crazy prices at a certain store in the mall!

  • Nancy Burgess Dec 16, 2016, 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the recipe I’m going to try this out.

  • Valerie Lerma Dec 16, 2016, 4:39 pm

    thanks for instructions goin to give this a try

  • denise low Dec 19, 2016, 4:48 pm

    I love the idea of making your own things. Thank you for sharing.

  • ellen beck Dec 24, 2016, 12:19 am

    Believe it or not I just read your post elsewhere like a week or so ago and commented on it. If I find it, I will link it, I think your pic was used unless thats stock.

  • Nicole Dec 26, 2016, 8:57 am

    Thank you for sharing! I need to plan a Saturday to make a bunch of these recipes

  • Joy Venters Dec 30, 2016, 6:35 pm

    I think these are an essential item for all

  • Lynda Cook Jan 15, 2017, 4:29 pm

    This is pretty awesome and doesn’t take a lot to make either, I think I will have to give your recipe a try!!

  • Ann Feb 9, 2017, 7:32 pm

    Macadamia nut oil! I never thought to use that with DIY bath/beauty products, and I think that this is the first time I’m seeing it in a recipe of any kind. I’d love to give it a try!

  • Margaret Appel Apr 3, 2017, 8:44 pm

    These homemade lotion bars sound fabulously easy! I have sensitive dry skin so many lotions make my hands itch & burn. I’m pinning this so I can try making them this summer. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • John Smith Dec 28, 2017, 6:56 pm

    Homemade lotion bars would be very convenient! Maybe I could use them as lip balm!

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