DIY Lotion Bar Recipe

Make a Lotion Bar

Make your DIY lotion bars with this recipe. The Natural Cocoa butter contained in this bar is what has made it so popular, when this bar is applied to the skin, it melts very slowly moisturizing the skin with its proven moisturizing abilities.

Cocoa butter naturally smells somewhat like chocolate, these bars can be left unscented for that chocolate smell or scented with other scents such as Lavender.

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A Simple-to-Make Lotion Bar Recipe


  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter (or a combination of both)
  • 1/2 cup Beeswax
  • 7-14 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Molds to pour into


  • Melt the butter and wax in a double boiler
  • When melted remove from heat and let cool slightly
  • Add Essential Oils
  • Stir well to combine the essential oils
  • Pour the mixture into your molds or tins
  • Cool the mixture completely (can put it in the fridge to help cool it)
  • Bars can now be popped out of the molds


Lotion Bars can be poured into tubes instead of molds and used like a stick deodorant.

Herbs or flowers can be added to the lotion bars, they look nice, but be careful what is added as some herbs and flowers can look nice, but be scratchy on the skin.

Experiment with scents, some of the most popular are orange, lavender, sandalwood, and patchouli, any scent can be used.

Another simple lotion recipe would be:

  • 4 oz Cocoa Butter
  • 1 oz Shea Butter
  • 1 tsp essential oil

You can add flower petals or herbs to this recipe and scent it with your favorite scent. This recipe works well when poured into tubes.

Using Homemade Lotion Bars

When using homemade lotion bars, rub onto warm skin which will melt it slightly, making it easy to massage into the skin.

The therapeutic essential oil blends I’ve used over the years would be perfect for any massage or bath oil.  Those blend recipes can be found here.

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