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Friday, January 20, 2012

Coconut Bar Lotion

These bars contain coconut oil & shea butter which will hydrate and heal the skin absolutely 100% naturally!The idea behind these babies is that they melt gently when they come in contact with your own body heat.  Did you know that coconut oil is also said to help prevent sun burns & sun damage? Apparently that’s what the Jamaicans use.

Coconut oil, shae butter & beeswax pellets
Here’s what you’ll need: 
4 o.z beeswax pellets
4 o.z shea butter
5 o.z coconut oil melted (coconut oil melts at 76 degrees)
Glass measuring cup
Mixing bowl
Double broiler
Mini cup cake pan or  mold of your choice
What to do:
1. In a large heat safe mixing bowl, add the beeswax, coconut oil & shae butter.
Double broiler
2. Make a double broiler. To do so, fill a large pot with water and place it on the stove over medium heat, as if you were going to cook pasta. The steam from the water will gently melt your ingredients.
3. Set your mixing bowl with all three ingredients on top of the pot filled with water.
Melted ingredients
4. Let the ingredients melt, stir occasionally.
5. Pour into mini muffin tin or metal mold of your choice. If you wanted more of a bar shape, you could use a mini loaf pan. I was also reading that people used Tetra pak cartons, like the cartons broth comes in. Simply clean the carton out well & cut in half and pour the mixture according to how thick you would like the bar to be.
Lotion bar mixture in mini muffin pan.
After these hardened, I put them in the freezer for a bit. Then I flipped them onto foil (I ran out of parchment paper) and they popped right out of the muffin tin.
Lotion bars
Unbelievably easy. So dang smart!
The best thing about making your own anything, is always that you know exactly what is in it! No parabens, phthalates or toxic chemicals here!  Make sure to store away from heat. An old Altoids tin or something similar would be best. I’m going to store most of these in the freezer until I find something to tote them in. By the way, I spent less than $25 on the beeswax & shea butter. The beeswax was $15 for 16 o.z, so I’m sure you can make these for cheaper. Making these is definitely a must! 

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