This year I wanted to make beautiful and useful gifts for people. Since I love the scent combo of mint and vanilla I decided to make this Lotion Bar Recipe.
Is there anything more heavenly than the combination of mint and vanilla?
It is my absolute favorite holiday aroma. Bright and fresh mint combined with the deep, sweet notes of vanilla. Yum!
Every year I challenge myself to use this combination in different ways. From scrubs to salves and everything in between, mint and vanilla is my ultimate favorite combination.
This holiday season is no exception. I already made this Homemade Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe for my morning coffee. Next I’ll be planning out my Christmas candies which will definitely include some peppermint and vanilla cutout cookies.
Also, this year I’m trying a new Vanilla Jojoba recipe that is just divine! It takes just two ingredients and is so easy to make.
Lotion Bar Recipe for Winter
This year, I really wanted to make some pretty gifts to give. Since I absolutely love the scent combo of mint and vanilla, I decided to use it in this DIY Lotion Bar Recipe.
Ingredients for a Luxurious Lotion Bar Recipe
Because I’m gifting them to people with kids, I decided to use a milder, child-safe mint essential oil: spearmint. It is sweeter and gentler than peppermint essential oil, making it the perfect choice for holiday gifting.
You can certainly use peppermint essential oil if that is all you have, just remember to check into the safety considerations of this powerful essential oil before gifting.
I chose to use vanilla oleoresin for this DIY because of its strong aroma and the fact that it smells just like vanilla extract. Vanilla oleoresin does not always mix completely with oil, but this recipe requires a fair amount of stirring, and I find it does fully incorporate.
I really wanted to use all coconut oil for this lotion bar recipe because of its lovely white color, but I find coconut oil alone to be very drying to my skin. I added some high oleic sunflower seed oil for it’s nourishing properties in addition to a small percent of coconut oil.
Since the sunflower seed oil made my bar slightly yellow, I decided it needed a little extra oomph in the looks department. I wanted to add glitter, but I have learned how harmful glitter can be to the environment. I went on the search for a blue, biodegradable glitter and found this biodegradable body glitter. It is the best of both worlds: beautiful AND safe for the environment. While it does cost a little more than craft glitter, it is actually a large amount and will last quite some time!
Of course, lotion bars need something to keep them hard, namely a wax. I chose beeswax but you can also choose candelilla wax for a vegan substitute. If you leave out the wax, the bar will not be hard enough to remove from molds.
Vanilla Mint Snowflake Lotion Bar Recipe
This recipe is simple, easy, and absolutely lovely! Your friends and family will be delighted to unwrap them this holiday season!
(Makes 3 bars, each slightly under 2 oz.)
- 3 ounces high oleic sunflower seed oil (find it here)
- 1.5 ounces beeswax (find beeswax pastilles here)
- 1 ounce coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon biodegradable glitter (find it here)
- 20 drops vanilla oleoresin - also called vanilla absolute (find it here)(or find it here)
- 10 drops spearmint essential oil (find it here)
- Silicone snowflake molds (find them here)
- Measure beeswax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup.
- Place the measuring cup in a small saucepan filled with water on medium heat.
- Melt the beeswax, then add in coconut oil and sunflower seed oil.
- Once liquefied, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Add in biodegradable glitter and stir well.
- Drop in essential oils.
- Continue stirring until the mixture begins to thicken.
- Pour into silicone molds.
- Allow to cool for 10-20 minutes.
- Place in the freezer for 1 hour.
- Unmold and enjoy!
Store these lotion bars in a cool, dry place.
To use, simply rub directly on dry skin. Your body heat will melt the bars on contact.
I like to put mine in glass jars for gifting, though you can certainly gift them in any container you like.
Have you ever made a lotion bar recipe? If so, what tips do you have to share?