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« on: January 25, 2013 09:53:57 AM »



Saw a post on homemade lotion bars and really liked the idea.  I had everything to make it and the HP craftalong challenge to use wax pushed me over the edge to try.

Supplies: beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower oil infused with calendula flower petals, cocoa butter, essential oils, containers, measuring cups, stirring sticks, warmer


warmed the oils and wax then added essential oils.  Used bergamont and litsea cubeba to give it a very citrusy refreshing smell.  Mmmm love that smell.


poured into molds I bought from my local thrift store a while ago


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wrapped up!  Maybe mother's day presents?  I sure can't use them all.


They feel awesome and smell even better.  A little oily to begin with but rubs into your skin well and makes your hands so soft.  I had to work quick wrapping them up, they already wanted to start softening in my hands, so I assume it wouldn't take too many rubs to get the design out.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013 11:32:15 AM »

Those look really pretty. They would make great Mother's Day gifts.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013 11:46:10 AM »

These turned out great! I love the molds you used!
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013 06:03:14 PM »

These look so nice. I really like the rose mold. My dried out winter hands would love soaking these up!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2013 09:31:01 AM »

I just tried this but I'm thinking it needs more beeswax? I'm not sure, mine are very soft. Like cream. Maybe that's cuz I used olive oil?

But they're nice for burst lips and hands at this time of the year...

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2013 10:59:30 AM »

If you didn't use any coconut oil or cocoa butter or shea butter, which are all hard at room temp, then you would need to adjust your wax amounts up a bit. You can just re-melt it down and add a little more wax!
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2013 03:21:30 PM »

Beautiful pieces Lizzy!  Sorry it didn't set up well, but ditto to what Mare said.  Just melt those babies back down and add more beeswax no biggie!  It's all about personal preference to how hard or soft they are.  Here's a hint.  When I did mine, when I thought there was enough of all the ingredients I put a spoonful into the freezer for a bit to test the softness.  Brought it out and felt the lotion.  I thought it was okay, but if not I could have added more wax to make it harder or more oil for softer.  Hope that helps!
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2013 07:11:10 PM »

Thanks, your bars are very inspirational themselves, and what a great idea!

If you didn't use any coconut oil or cocoa butter or shea butter, which are all hard at room temp, then you would need to adjust your wax amounts up a bit. You can just re-melt it down and add a little more wax!

I used coco fat and olive oil and beeswax (the yellow kind). At room temperature now that they're completely cooled, it's about like butter from the fridge, so I'm just going to keep these, but for gift bars I'm going to add more wax I think so you can keep them easier without them melting. It's a great idea: my hands are feeling much softer. Smiley
I reckon this makes good baby shower gifts as well, and it seems to work as make-up remover (not sure about pores yet).
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2013 03:19:45 PM »

These sound divine!  Kiss for link; I will definitely give them a go! Grin
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2013 04:36:16 AM »

Wanted to let you know: my pores are feeling much better about this than they were about my original night cream and make-up remover.

Lovin' it.  Grin
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