Yesterday was full of lotion recipe experimentation and football playoffs. Since the afternoon was going to be dominated with chips, dip, family, and football, I decided to take on my lotion bar recipe experimentation in the morning. I think I like this recipe… I certainly like this one better than the first recipe I tried.
1/2 cup beeswax
1/3 cup mango butter
1/3 cup shea butter
These measurements work well for a small test batch, which is what I was going for.
I used products from Bramble Berry, which is my go-to soap, shampoo, and lotion bar product supplier.
Since I do not own a double boiler, I began by boiling about 2 inches of water in a sauce pan. I placed an old pizza sauce jar in the water and added the beeswax.
Once the beeswax was almost completely melted, I added the mango butter. The shea butter came soon after that. I stirred the mixture about every 5 minutes while I set up the silicone molds. I’ve read that you can add these ingredients to the jar at the same time, but I have also read that shea butter can be finicky when overheated… it turns a bit grainy. Since this is a very easy process, I decided to play it safe and add each ingredient separately. I’ve gotten too confident in the past and have ruined recipes and good ingredients.
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Once melted (if you wanted to add fragrance or essential oils, this is your time to do it), I slowly poured the liquid into my trusty silicone cupcake molds. You can see the bars beginning to solidify in the photo on the right (nothing is in the yellow cup, by the way).
You can remove the lotion bars from the molds when they are completely solid, which should take only a few hours. I went to my football activities and removed the bars the next day. Here is the final product! My husband noted that the bars look like white chocolate peanut butter bars (touche, Husband) and that he wanted to eat one. I actually have rectangle molds to use for the bars that I intend to sell and give as gifts. The cupcake fake-outs are only around for testing and overflow. Until then, I’ll be sure to put Mr. Yuck stickers around them 🙂
Until next experiment!
When my mind is set on something, I sometimes become obsessed. Currently, I’m set on perfecting shampoo, soap, and lotion bar recipes because that will get me one step closer to having my own body products business. This morning was my first attempt at lotion bars. Since lotions bars do not involve sodium hydroxide, I knew I could eyeball (read: be lazy) measuring the ingredients. I love eyeballing ingredients. That’s sort of weird. That’s also why I stink at making rice. I once had a mental breakdown over it in front of my then-boyfriend, now-husband. He actually stayed with me!
I digress… My eyeballed lotion bar recipe was gotten from here. In reality, my recipe was more like:
1/2ish cup beeswax
1/4ish cup coconut oil
1/3ish cup mango butter
1/3ish cup shea butter
a splash of FO
See? I eyeballed it. In the end, my product turned out just fine… Lightly-scented lotion bars. Here are a few pictures of the solidification process. I wanted to make a small batch and found that these silicone cupcake cups were perfect for testing out this recipe.
Even though this was a pretty easy task, I learned A LOT today:
1. Beeswax is a real bugger to work with. It takes a lot of heat to melt it, so it’s sort of dangerous to melt it in the microwave (there are horror stores of how the glass bowl completely exploded under all the heat). I suggest using the double boiler method. Since I do not own a double boiler, I melted the ingredients in a glass jar placed inside a stainless steel pot with boiling water. It worked beautifully. I began trying to melt the beeswax in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. It was messy and, five hours later, I’m still trying to get all the beeswax out of the measuring cup. I don’t know if I can use this for soapmaking any more (this measuring cup is what holds my lye water) Note: keep a glass jar solely for making lotion bars.
2. Though the recipe works, I do not like it. Trial and error, Holly. Trial and error. I think I don’t like to coconut oil. It’s too oily, for lack of a better adjective. My next attempt will most likely be a recipe made of equal parts beeswax, mango butter, and shea butter. Eyeballed, of course 🙂