Made with an infused dandelion oil to sooth irritated skin, these homemade lotion bars are a convenient, non-messy way to moisturize your skin.
Today I have a special treat for you. Lately, I've been showing you more complex recipes like how to make a homemade lotion or how to make a facial moisturizer recipe for acne prone skin. Those recipes aren't difficult, but they do need special ingredients. While many of you love making those sorts of recipes, others prefer to avoid using emulsifiers and natural preservatives. I completely understand that, as I was the same way for many years.
To avoid needing to use emulsifiers and preservatives, we need to make recipes that only use oils and waxes and don't use any water based ingredients. In come lotion bars!
What is a lotion bar?
A lotion bar is a type of solid lotion that is formed into bars for easy handling. The idea is to make something that almost resembles a small bar of soap, but it's really a nice, solid lotion that melts into your skin.
Lotion bars are quite convenient because you don't need to use jars or other containers. You don't have to worry about dealing with plastics, then. Of course, you could make your lotions bars in a size that can just fit into cute little jars or tins, for easy transporting, but that is entirely optional. You can also pour the warm ingredients into stick deodorant type containers for stick lotion bars that are even easier to apply. (I recommend using smaller, 15ml push up containers like these for easy transporting.)
Another great thing about lotion bars is that they are easy to apply for people who don't have great dexterity, like kids, who might otherwise make a mess when applying a lotion. I'm not saying that you should let your kids play with them without supervision, and it's still probably a good idea to help your kids apply the lotion bars, but they are quite convenient, especially if you make lotion bar sticks in deodorant type containers.
How do you use a lotion bar?
Lotion bars are formulated in a way that they are solid at room temperature, but that will begin to melt when warmed with body heat. They can be used at any time, but an ideal time is right after showering when your skin is normally warmer and ready for absorbing the oils in the lotion bar.
You can first warm the bar in your hands a bit, and then rub the melting bar over your dry skin. It should absorb into your skin to help soothe and protect it.
Homemade dandelion lotion bars
Today's recipe is for homemade dandelion lotion bars, and it's a recipe from Cari from Everything Pretty. Cari blogs about beauty for real women, health, and wellness. She shares a lot of DIY bath and beauty recipes on her blog, and loves using herbs and different carrier oils to create the perfect recipe.
So without further ado, I'll let Cari introduce her recipe…
Most people look at dandelions and see weeds, but I see an ingredient for my DIY bath and beauty recipes.
Dandelion Flower benefits
Dandelions are a wonderful plant for dry or cracked skin, including eczema. The flowers are high in vitamins A, B6, C, and K to help the skin. They also have magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus to help nourish the skin. By infusing the dandelion flowers with a carrier oil, you get the benefits of dandelions without actually using them in the recipe for a smooth solid lotion bar.
How to make dandelion infused oil
Infusing the dandelions is easy, but it does take some time. Collect about two cups of dandelion flowers and let them dry completely. Place them in a mason jar and completely cover with a carrier oil. Let them sit for two weeks. Shake the jar every day to help the flowers infuse in the oil, but make sure that the flowers are always covered in the oil so mold doesn't grow.
After two weeks, strain the oil through cheesecloth. Discard the flowers. You are left with a beautiful golden colored carrier oil that can be used in several different DIY recipes.
What carrier oil should you use?
You can use any liquid carrier oil. Avoid using coconut oil because it is solid at room temperature when temperatures are below 76ºC/24ºC. I used avocado oil because it's my favorite oil for dry skin. You can even use two oils if you want the benefits of each oil.
Homemade Dandelion Lotion Bars Recipe
Homemade Dandelion Lotion Bars
Combine the beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and dandelion infused oil in a double boiler and heat over medium heat. Never heat the oils over direct heat. I make a double boiler by setting canning rings on the bottom of a pan and putting a glass container on top of them.
Stir occasionally until everything is melted. The beeswax will seem like it will never melt, but it will melt after about 15 or 20 minutes.
Once it's melted, carefully remove from heat.
Pour into molds and let sit until completely cool. Depending on the size of your mold, this could take anywhere from half an hour to a few hours.
The lotion bars should pop right out of the mold. If they don't, put the mold back into the freezer for a few minutes and try again.