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DIY Body Lotion Bars

DIY Wintery Body Lotion Bars

DIY Body Lotion Bars

I originally intended for these to be bath melts, but realised I don’t like having oily baths (hair drama) so I decided to re-style them as body lotion bars. I know Lush have some of these in their stores, but they aren’t 100% natural… These babies however, most certainly are! 😀

DIY Body BarsHomemade Body Lotion Bars Daisies Lavender, neroli, jasmine, rose damask essential oils

The Recipe

The Base

  • 1 cup unrefined cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil or shea butter
  • 1/2 beeswax (optional)

To add aroma…


  • 3 drops clove essential oil
  • 3 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil


  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops neroli essential oil
  • 4 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 3 drops rose damask essential oil
  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil

Fresh and Fruity

  • 4 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 4 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops lime essential oil

The Method

Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a bowl over hot water. You can also add in shea butter and beeswax but I personally don’t like the smell of either of these, so I left them out. Once cooled slightly add the essential oils and pour into silicone cupcake cases. These are so handy for making bars, but you could use any plastic or silicone mold you like 🙂

Pop them into the freezer (I put mine on the ice cube tray) and leave for 20-30 minutes and they should be set. They don’t take long at all to harden so you will be able to use them quite soon after making! I kept mine in the fridge when I thought they may melt a little, as the coconut oil melts like chocolate…

Tip: The first batch I made were so horrible! Creating the ultimate body lotion bar may take a few tries to suit your own preference in aroma and consistency of the bar. Bear in mind that shea butter and beeswax have quite a strong and over-powering aroma. I found they interfered with the scents of the essential oils, so my batches afterwards only used cocoa butter and coconut oil. It’s also a good idea to mix the essential oils prior to adding into the oils, to make sure you are happy with the scent you have created and prevent ruining your batch (like I did!).

Application and Storage

Rub the bar onto the skin and work in to moisturise dry and winter-afflicted limbs! Keep in a glass container or on a dish, away from heat as they will melt like little snowmen in the sun…

Let me know if you try this, I’d love to hear what you think – please tweet me or comment below 🙂 Happy Christmas! x

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