Solid lotion bars are so easy to make and excellent for travelling or camping. I like to team them with solid shampoo and solid conditioner bars, that way I can throw them in my suitcase and don't have to worry about any liquids bursting open in transit.
Depending on the season and where you live you might want to play with the ratios a little bit. Warmer climates will make the bar softer so you might want to use more wax, cooler climates will make bar harder so you may want to drop the wax ration and up the soft butter and/or liquid oil ratio.
I've made this bar with candelilla wax
to make it vegan, you could also use beeswax
or another vegan wax like sunflower
or rice bran
. Each wax can produce a slightly different final product so just be aware you may have to do some adjusting.
You can use refined
or unrefined shea butter
, or swap it out for another soft butter such as mango
. The consistency of the butter will change the consistency of the final bar. I used shea butter because it's softest and I am using quite a high ratio of wax.
You can use any liquid carrier oil
you want, or a mixture of several, just keep the entire ratio of liquid oil the same.
I kept this one unscented because I wanted to be able to use it on my face and I personally prefer unscented products for facial use. If you wanted to scent it you could add essential oil
or fragrance oil
at 0.5% for facial use or 1% for body use. Take that percentage out of the carrier oil/s so that your formula remains at 100% total. Add essential oil once you've taken it off the heat, right before you pour into moulds.
You can sprinkle in some mica
to give you bar a bit of colour. Sprinkle in once melted until you achieve the desired shade.
Makes one 120g bar - use our Batch Size Calculator
and the percentages provided here to easily adjust the volume of your batch.
42g | 35% Shea butter, certified organic, unrefined
40.8g | 34% Cherry kernel oil, certified organic
37.2 | 31% Candelilla wax
- Weigh your ingredients
- Gently melt on the stovetop
- Pour into mould/s
- Allow to set
- Pop out of mould
Gently rub on skin, the bar should soften on contact with skin so give it a moment to warm up. Massage in.
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