Moisturizing Lotion Bar

This is a solid lotion bar that is handy to use for travel. You can carry a small bar in a purse or backpack. I like to have a bar handy by my kitchen sink. It is especially hydrating to use a bar after a bath or shower. You can vary the ingredients to make bars specific for the face, hard working hands, cracked feet, pregnant bellies, baby bottoms and more. I have also given you a deodorant bar variation on this recipe below.


Measure by weight:

  • 5 ounces beeswax (you can add less beeswax in the winter if desired)
  • 7 ounces cocoa butter
  • 4 ounces coconut oil
  • 4 ounces almond oil

Measure by volume:

  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil of your choice. I like lavender, geranium, rosemary or lemongrass.

You Will Need:

  • Scale
  • Double boiler
  • Metal spoon
  • Glass Pyrex measuring cup
  • Molds including candy molds, soap molds or even ice cube trays.


  1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Add the cocoa butter and coconut oil and stir until melted.
  3. Add the almond oil and Vitamin E oil and stir once again until melted.
  4. Add essential oil(s), stir and pour into a Pyrex measuring cup.
  5. Pour into molds.
  6. Let cool and then pop the bar out of the mold.

Deodorant Bar Variation:

You can take the above recipe and make it into a very effective deodorant bar as well. Just add th additional ingredients listed below into your formula once it is melted. You can use the deodorant bar under your arms or on your feet.

  • ½ cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons lavender, tea tree or cedar essential oil
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ElaineAbout the Author:
Elaine Sheff has been studying medicinal plants since 1987. A Clinical Herbalist, she is a graduate of both the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Elaine is a certified instructor of Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning, a safe, effective birth control method used to avoid or achieve pregnancy. She has a clinical practice providing herbal consultations for individuals with health concerns. Elaine teaches herb classes throughout the United States and is the original co-founder of Meadowsweet Herbs. She is the co-director of Green Path Herb School in Missoula, Montana. A best selling author, her latest book is called Naked: Botanical Recipes for Healthy Skin. You can often find Elaine in her garden or cooking gluten free.

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5 Comments on “Moisturizing Lotion Bar

  1. This is something I will make. I want to see how well the deodorant bar works for me. Directions are very clear.

  2. This sounds like something I would make, just wondering if the coconut oil is virgin coconut oil or just regular coconut oil? Thank you!

    • Hi Lynette,
      You could use either type of coconut oil. I prefer virgin, though, as it has more nutrients for the skin and it smells great!
      Best, Elaine

  3. Hi Elaine,how would you customize this lotion bar into a facial one? Could I use Argan oil instead of the almond oil for facial bar?
    Thank you Klara

    • Hi Klara,
      Yes, you could use more nutrient dense, higher end oils such argan, rose hip seed, avocado, evening primrose, borage seed, sea buckthorn, etc. You might also use a little less beeswax.

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