Bumble Lotion Bars
Yield: 3 lotion bars, approx.
I will always have a special place in my heart for this Bumble Lotion Bar. It was the first natural beauty product I ever made. Ahh, yes, I remember it like it was yesterday… standing in my kitchen, not know what the hell I was doing. Mostly because I had just purchased my first block of beeswax and had no idea how to cut the damn thing. I nearly sliced a finger trying to remove the knife I’d lodged into it! (Are you in this situation yourself? Then read my handy guide on how to work with beeswax here!) Luckily I survived the whole ordeal. Live it, learn it, love it. And seriously, do I ever love this lotion bar.
It’s mostly because I can’t get enough of the scent of beeswax. It’s sweet, warm and instantly puts me in a better mood. Plus, the fact that this is a lotion bar is a huge win. You can say buh-bye to buying lotion in a plastic bottle without having to give up moisturizing your skin. I like to keep my lotion bars on a little soap dish in my bathroom so that I can apply it after a shower.
Now, I have read online that some people don’t like the feel the beeswax on their skin, describing it as waxy. I don’t think this is an inaccurate description. Beeswax is, ahem, wax and therefore a bit waxy. That said, I enjoy the texture. It feels like slathering on something super rich and protective which, as someone who normally has dry skin always, is just what I’m looking for. But I'm always interested to hear your thoughts.
To beeswax or not to beeswax? Personally, it’s not even a question.
1/2 cup beeswax*
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup jojoba oil
* Use melted beeswax from a block rather than beeswax pellets. Beeswax pellets are so refined that they don’t have that lovely beeswax scent or golden colour. If you’re new to beeswax, check out my guide on beeswax here!
In a small pot, melt the beeswax, coconut oil and jojoba oil over low heat. Stir the melted ingredients to blend them together. You don’t need to bring these ingredients to a boil — in fact, in order to preserve nutrients you don’t want the mixture to get too hot. Just enough for everything to melt together.
Remove the pot from the heat and carefully pour the mixture into your silicone molds.
Allow the bars to cool and harden completely in their molds. To speed up the process, you can place the molds with the melted mixture into the fridge to cool. Just be sure to place the silicone molds on a tray first BEFORE pouring in the mixture so that you can easily move the molds without spillage.
how to use:
Rub the lotion bar directly on your skin. The heat from your body will melt the bar ever so slightly as you rub the moisture into your skin.
For greater absorption, apply the lotion bar to damp skin after hopping out of the shower or bath.