For a long time I struggled with keeping my skin hydrated. I mean, dry scaly skin seemed to be the norm, no matter what I did. Then, I found out how to make hard lotion bars and it all clicked! You can keep your skin hydrated – naturally!! And best of all, you don’t need fancy ingredients or lots of money to make this simple lotion.
For a long time, I had been wanting something that smelled “pretty” but didn’t leave me with that super greasy feel. I had tried TONS of different lotions, especially in the winter when my skin is driest, but there wasn’t anything that I was crazy about. Some lotions were too scented, while others just felt disgusting. So, I decided to make my own! 🙂 I love the texture and the scent!
How to Make Hard Lotion
4 oz Coconut Oil (I use this kind -affiliate link)
4 oz Bees Wax (either pellets or shavings)
2 oz Cocoa Butter
2 oz Shea Butter
8-10 drops Essential Oil
You will need a double boiler or a glass dish inside a pan of water. Melt all the ingredients, except the essential oils, until totally dissolved and clear. Remove from heat and add essential oils. (Sometimes I add more than the 8-10 drops, depending on how strong I want it.) Pour mixture into molds or lotion containers. Put in the freezer until solid and then the lotion will pop right out of molds/containers. Use as desired. **You can also use just cocoa butter or just shea butter, but I prefer the above mixture.
I chose to add Peppermint & Wild Orange Essential oils to my lotion. It smells amazing but there are also lots of medicinal benefits as well:
Peppermint is refreshing and uplifting. It energizes and combats fatigue. Peppermint soothes and cools the skin.
Wild Orange is great for the complexion. It helps with wrinkles as well as uplifts your spirits.
This combination of oils is one of the best I have ever smelled, period! I find myself drawn to it over and over again, in fact I just made my own hairspray using this combo! I use this hard lotion for everything from lip balm to moisturizing after showers.
I also love the fact that this lotion will literally last for months and not lose its smell or benefits. I’m still working on a jar that I made last summer and it smells just like it did when I made it.