My favorite way to hydrate my skin is with a nourishing solid lotion bar. These lotion bars are amazing for dry skin and easy to take along anywhere. Unlike most commercial moisturizers, these natural lotion bars contain only three ingredients, all of which are non-irritating and healthy for your whole body. Coconut oil hydrates, soothes and is easily absorbed into the skin. It has been used with success to treat all kinds of skin complaints including eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, burns, scrapes, and bruises. Cocoa butter hydrates and soothes, and is also very easily absorbed. It is full of antioxidants which prevent aging, and is often used to soothe burns and rashes. Beeswax is a great humectant, meaning it attracts water molecules, making it super moisturizing. Beeswax is also anti-itch, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and promotes new cell growth, thanks to it's concentration of vitamin A.
To make 2, 3oz lotion bars, you will need a double boiler, a silicone ice cube tray and the following ingredients:
1/4 c cocoa butter
1/4 c coconut oil
1/4 c beeswax
Melt the above ingredients in a double boiler, add 10 to 20 drops of essential oil if you would like (I used cardamom and cinnamon in mine), then pour into the silicone ice cube tray. You can let them cool on the counter or stick them in the fridge to cool faster. Once they are solid you can pop them out of the tray and store them in a 4 ounce size mason jar or a similar size container you may have.
Packaged in a 4oz. mason jar with a ribbon tied around the edge, these make great gifts!
Photos by Brittany E. Smith