Sunday, January 27, 2013

Guilt Free Mounds Bars (Make Your Own Yummy Solid Lotion Bar)

Okay, I admit it.  I have a problem.  It's a "new crafting/creating" turned obsession problem.  Do you suffer from this as well?  (*wink* I hope so because I don't want to be the only one who suffers from this affliction).

So, what is my current obsession?  It's making your own health and beauty products.  I never knew how easy these things were.  Trust me!  Just a few ingredients and a little time (and I mean a little time) and you can make some high quality products.  Recently, I've shared with you my first two products:  peppermint vanilla lip balm and 3 ingredient body butter.  Today I'd like to share with you my first attempt at making solid lotion bars.

I perused both the internet and Pinterest and all of the recipes I found followed this type of formula.

  • Use 1 part, by weight, oil (coconut, almond, and olive are most commonly used)
  • Use 1 part, by weight,  butter (shea or cocoa butter)
  • Use 1 part, by weight,  beeswax
A couple of other points I'd like to share with you.
  • Bars that used a liquid oil (almond and olive) took longer to set up than a solid oil (coconut)
  • Some recipes added essential oils for either aromatic or therapeutic purposes.
So, I here's the solid lotion bars I made....they really do smell like Mounds Bars!

Mounds Bar Solid Lotion Bars

Ingredients:
1.5 oz virgin/unrefined coconut oil
1.5 oz. beeswax (pellets or grated)
1.5 oz. raw coconut oil (robust aroma)



Directions:

Weigh out your oils.  First place a bowl or measuring cup on your scale and zero (top left picture).  Weight out 1.5 ounces of each of your oils.  Moving clockwise, I measure out the beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil.

Now we need to melt the ingredients.  Fill a pot part way with water. Add the coconut oil and beeswax in a heat safe bowl/jar/measuring cup and place in your pot (far left picture)...like a double boiler. Heat on the stove.  Once the beeswax and coconut oil melt (middle picture) add the coconut butter (far right) and melt. Stir together.

After the oil/wax/butter mix is melted, pour into a mold.  You can use soap molds or silicone molds.  Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I used a silicone heart baking mold.  (FYI, these hearts are just about the same size as mini-muffins and this recipe made 8).

It's winter time here and my house is about 68 degrees F.  It took about 25 minutes for the bars to harden.  Once hardened, pop them out of the mold.

You want a tough critic, take my husband.  He's not a big fan of various "foofy" toiletries.  Well, he LOVED how these smelled and it felt on his chapped hands.

I super psyched with how these turned out.  I'm trying to decide if I should feed my current obsession with making more of these goodies or trying something new.  What do you think?


Update 2/1/2013

Many people have asked where they can purchase the ingredients needed for making solid lotion bars.  You can find a lot of these ingredients in health food stores and various online stores.  I have provided links to amazon below for your convenience.  Please note that I have included 3 different links to beeswax.  All 3 will work since they are all cosmetic grade.




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