DIY: How to make your own lotion bars

Making your own beauty products means reducing your carbon and ecological footprint.

It's about reducing the amount of damaging chemicals that you expose yourself to and the amount of packaging you bring into your life. We tend not to think too hard about what's included in our bars of soap. They are sold like hotcakes and few give the ingredient list a second glance.

The following recipe is for homemade lotion bars, they are easier to make at home than typical lotions and moisturisers and easier to store long-term. Haven't heard of a lotion bar before? They're pretty amazing! They are solid when left at room temperature, but when rubbed on skin they melt slightly and act as a moisturiser. Keep in mind that there are endless variations on this recipe, you can add in whatever essential oils you like!


Makes 5 bars:

50g Fair trade virgin, raw, organic coconut oil

50g Cocoa butter or shea butter

50g of Beeswax

A few drops of Essential oil

1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)

Vitamin e oil (optional)

1 1/2 Tablespoons of raw honey (optional)


1. Melt beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil together.

2. Turn off the heat and mix in your extras, essential oils, Vitamin e oil, etc.

3. Place the mixture into your chosen moulds.

4. Leave to set. Can take 8 hours at room temperature or will be faster if placed in the fridge. And there you have it, your very own sustainable lotion bars to enjoy!

That's all there is to it! I use these in the shower and they feel amazing. You leave the shower feeling moisturised, refreshed and smelling incredible! Give this a go and let us know what flavours you come up with!

What you can do

Reduce what you buy and always ask: Do I really need this?

You can reduce your overall consumption by questioning all significant purchases and resisting impulse buying. Before purchasing, give yourself at least a day or two to cool off.

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