Lotions and Potions

A little while ago I made some lotion bars – and I’m addicted to them!

I’m on my third batch already. Mostly because I’ve given a few away as well as having them dotted around around the house so that I’m never too far away from lovely moisturising hand salve!

My friend Steph really liked the second batch I made which had lavender oil in it, so I bought her a little vintage tin and have made her some to keep in her handbag. For myself – I have gone for the simple recipe with no added essential oils as I think the lavender irritated my eczema.

Although I love these lotion bars – they don’t work brilliantly as a body moisturiser so I decided to try this recipe to get more of a cream/whip.

I bought a lovely little pot from the antique centre to store it in and it worked really well! It is made up of aloe vera gel, beeswax and coconut oil. I just whisked mine, but it is a bit lumpy – so next time I’m going to try blending it instead. I missed out the peppermint oil and added a small amount of almond oil and jojoba oil. It’s really simple to make, but rather messy!

Do you make your own lotions and potions?


Handmade Lotion Bars

These are so simple and quick to make – I had to share!

wpid-img_20150116_144112.jpgI’ve been using henna shampoo bars for over a year now and my hair has never been happier. When Lush stopped making my favourite one I decided to make my own version based on this blog.

However- the ingredients have sat untouched for a really long time! Partly because I found an alternative that I really like from here. And partly because I was petrified of making something that involved a chemical reaction!

I love making stuff –  but I know my limits and if something needs doing at home that involves gas or electricity, I will get an expert in. Wonky shelves are fine – wonky wiring is not. I think I’m safer to leave soap-making to those who know what they’re doing.

So that leaves me with lots of shampoo bar ingredients to use up – and, as always, Pinterest was my first stop for ideas. I found the recipe for these lotion bars here, and couldn’t believe how simple they sounded! But they really were easy and I would recommend giving them a go – especially if you suffer from eczema. They make a great hand-salve, lip balm, and I’m also using them as a body lotion bar. You just rub it in your hands to heat it up first then rub it on.

They use just three ingredients: Beeswax (I used three 28g blocks), coconut oil (one cup) and almond oil (one cup). I chopped up the beeswax and melted it in a bowl over boiling water, added the other ingredients and stirred until all the white bits went away. Then you simply pour the hot liquid into silicone cupcake cases, soap moulds, tins or whatever you fancy. So easy!

It is a bit messy because the wax sets very quickly, so I’m keeping a bowl, jug and spoon separate just for making these, so that I don’t have to wash them too thoroughly!

Next time I’m planning to add some essential oils to make them smell yummy and I also want to try this chocolate mint version (with cocoa butter and peppermint oil).

Do you make your own lotions and potions? Maybe you’re braver than me and have attempted soap?!