While I think most natural DIY projects can be done by anybody, even if you’ve never made anything yourself, some projects are especially great for beginners. Like these DIY Chocolate Lotion Bars. They’re easy, fast and allow room for creativity.
These lotion bars are great for hydrating dry skin and I love them because my kids can’t “accidentally” pump lotion all over the floor. Not that they would ever do such a thing …
Plus, they smell like chocolate, thanks to the cocoa butter.
When my oldest daughter smelled them, she said they smelled just like dark chocolate and then proceeded to tell a joke she made up herself: “If someone evil had chocolate, it would be dark chocolate!” Get it?
Just one of the many benefits of letting kids help you with your DIY projects. (By the way, these lotion bars are a great project to do with kids.)
DIY Chocolate Lotion Bars
In addition to the following ingredients, I recommend grabbing a double boiler, spatula and a mold of some kind to pour the melted ingredients into. (See my tips at the end for mold suggestions.)
- ¾ cup coconut oil (find unrefined coconut oil here)
- ¾ cup grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles (find it here)
- ½ cup cocoa butter (find organic cocoa butter here)
- ¼ cup shea butter – or an extra ¼ cup of cocoa butter can be substituted if you’re allergic to shea (find organic shea butter here)
- 20 drops essential oils – see tips below for suggestions (find 100% pure essential oils here)
- 3 teaspoons Vitamin E oil (find it here)
Measure out all of your ingredients. Put the coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and shea butter in a double boiler on medium heat until everything melts. Remove from heat.
Allow to cool for a few minutes and stir in essential oils and Vitamin E oil. Pour into silicone molds while it’s still liquid. Do it quickly, as it can harden pretty fast!
Use the spatula to scrape as much out of your pan as possible. It makes for much easier clean up. Allow lotion bars to cool completely, then pop out of molds. Store in a jar, a small tin, or in a small dish on your dresser or countertop.
These bars will melt a bit when they come into contact with body heat. To apply, you can rub them directly on skin. You can also warm them by rubbing between your hands, then rub the lotion on your hands over parts of your body to moisturize.
Tip 1: Remember to use all of the ingredients.
If, say, you pour everything into your mold and after it’s hardened, take out a lotion bar to test it and wonder why it’s just not spreading properly, it’s probably because you’ve forgotten the coconut oil.
Not that I did that or anything …
Ok, maybe I did. Go ahead and heat it all up again (plus the forgotten ingredient) just until it melts and re-pour it into your mold.
Tip 2: Make them extra special with essential oils.
While you can omit the essential oils and still end up with a yummy smelling product, I highly recommend using essential oils. If you don’t know which scents to use, here are some suggestions (I just thought of flavors that would be great mixed with chocolate):
- Peppermint essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Orange essential oil (this is what I used and it smells like those chocolate oranges they sell at Christmas time)
- Cinnamon essential oil
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can try combinations of the above essential oils. I’m partial to the lavender peppermint blend myself.
* If you are pregnant, nursing, or will be using the lotion bars with babies or young children, please do your research to determine which essential oils are appropriate for use.
Tip 3: Use a silicone mold.
I used a silicone muffin mold to make my lotion bars because that’s what I had around. Use a silicone mold if you can because the bars are very easy to remove and there are lots of fun shape options available. (Find some here, here, and here.)
However, if you don’t have access to one, you could also use metal tins with lids (great for traveling), an 8 oz. wide-mouth canning jar, or even ice cube trays.
Tip 4: Give them away.
These lotion bars make great gifts and I suggest using single bars for stocking stuffers or giving a larger amount as a main gift. I’d stack three bars in a small clear bag and tie them up with jute twine or put a few in a small, decorative glass jar. I’m making a batch just for Christmas gifts.
I also set one aside for my kids so they can have their own special bar. But I do put it out of reach when they’re done with it. You know, just in case they “accidentally” see if it will spread around the floor.
How will you use these lotion bars?