As you may know, we are taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle as a family. We are living simply, trying to slow down, and ‘make our own’ whenever we can. The big trick?
I need it to be easy.
So much of the “making our own” is hard! But THIS my friends – this is easy. These calming lavender lotion bars are quick (quick!) to make and so super easy. Plus they are amazing. Soothing, not greasy, and just the right consistency.
Just the way DIY lotion bars should be.
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We make lotion bars by combining coconut oil and beeswax. Plain and simple. To get a harder lotion bar we use equal parts of beeswax and coconut oil. But lately I have been playing around with the consistency of our bars, and what little additions we pop into them. Madeline and I have come up with such a lovely, relaxing, and simple lotion bar – so I thought we would share.
Calming Lavender Lotion Bar
1 cup Coconut Oil
A pinch of dried lavender (unnecessary, but a lovely calming touch!)
we also add a little bit of Vitamin E, but again this is not necessary.
To create these calming lavender lotion bars begin by growing some lavender in your garden (I’m kidding, of course, but my goodness I wish I had done this sooner!! We planted lavender this year and it is so simple to grow, and lovely to be able to use on a whim!) Or you can buy dried lavender most anywhere, or online if you should have trouble finding it. You can also buy it at most gardening stores for either outdoor planting, or as an herb to go in a kitchen.
Anyways, back to the lotion bars! Simply grate beeswax to fill 3/4 cup and melt in a bowl over a pot of boiling water. It will melt in no time!
Once it has melted, remove the bowl from the heat and still in the coconut oil. And you can end there if you so choose – otherwise stir in your lavender and vitamin E. Pour into a small loaf pan, or silicone molds and let set for about an hour. You can place them in the fridge to speed the hardening of these bars.
We actually keep these lotion bars in the fridge in the summer – because they are prone to melting in a hot farm house, and because they feel so nice to apply cool on hot summer skin! I put this on my little ones after their baths, and use it myself every day.
I love taking small, simple, manageable steps to help my family live a healthy lifestyle. Making our own cream and lotions is so very simple, and keeps us all away from the many unknown ingredients in most lotions.
Thank you so much for reading friends!
And remember, if you want to LOVE time with your kids even more – I’VE GOT A BOOK FOR THAT!