DIY Cosmetica

Lotion Bar


Lotion bars are such a good alternative to body lotions, they are chemical free, plastic free and easy to take on travels, they also last longer than water based lotions. This lotion bar is a combination of hard oil, butters and a carrier oil.

Coconut oil has moisturizing and antibacterial properties, since we are using this bar on our hands and body there’s no issue with face pore-blocking, which is a concern when using high amounts of coconut oil in face products.

Cocoa butter has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, Cocoa butter is also high in fatty acids and deeply hydrates the skin. Mango butter can soothe dry skin, this butter also has anti-inflammatory properties.

The antioxidants found in grapeseed oil can help to prevent UV-induced free radical damage to the skin.

We add arrowroot powder to make the bar less greasy and it also gives a velvety feel when applied to the skin.

I wouldn't recommend using this lotion bar on your face since the amount of butters and oil can clog the pores, this bar is perfect for using on your body and hands, especially when your skin feels dry and needs deep moisturizing.

Once the lotion bar is solidified you can use it immediately, just massage the bar over the skin.


Phase A

  • Coconut oil 10g
  • Cocoa butter 5g
  • Mango butter 5.5g
  • Grape seed oil 10g
  • Beeswax 16.5g

Phase B

  • Arrowroot powder 2g

Phase C

  • Vitamin E 0.5g
  • Essential oil 0.5g


  1. In a heat resistant beaker add the coconut oil

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  1. Add the cocoa butter

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  1. Add the mango butter

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  1. Add the grape seed oil

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  1. Add the beeswax

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  1. Place the beaker in a double boiler on a medium heat until all ingredients are melted.

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  1. In a second container add the arrowroot powder

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  1. In a third container add the vitamin E and essential oil

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  1. Once ingredients from phase A are melted, remove from the heat and stir, then add the arrowroot powder.

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  1. Add the vitamin E and essential oil and stir well until everything is combined and the powder dissolved completely.

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  1. Pour the mixture into a silicone mold.

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  1. Let the lotion bar harden while it cools down, to speed this process you can place it in the fridge for an hour or two. After the bar is hard you can unmold and use it right away.

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  • This bar shelf life is 12 months.
  • This bar does not contain any water ingredients, therefore it does not require a preservative.
  • To use the bar just rub it on your hands or body, then massage it into the skin. This is a very moisturizing bar, so a little goes a long way.
  • If you want to wrap the lotion bar you can use a coffee filter and wrap it around the bar.
  • If you want to make an unscented bar, just skip the essential oil and add 0.5 of grape seed oil instead.
  • I’ve used pine needles essential oil, but you can use geranium, lavender, rose, ylang ylang, vanilla or patchouli essential oil. You can also use fragrance oil instead of essential oil.
  • There is no need to measure the PH of this lotion bar since it does not contain water.

Related Recipes

For more body lotions recipes check these links:

Summer Breeze Body Lotion

Jasmine Hand Cream