Sunday, October 28, 2012

A portable treat for your elbows

My last post was an informational article (yawn) on preservatives. After reading it, you may be wondering what kinds of products you can buy that don't include potentially dangerous preservatives. Well, I just happen to have a perfect example for you! 



These are one of my favorite new products to make. If you like simple, all-natural products, this one is for you! Since I like you all so much, I'll even include a recipe and instructions to make your own at the end of this post. You can thank me later...

My beeswax lotion bars are made with the highest quality ingredients I could find: organic shea butter, pure essential oils, nourishing nut oils (like sweet almond, hemp and coconut), and of course, beeswax. I make them in several popular scents including lavender, patchouli, citrus, cedarwood and peppermint. I also make them without any fragrance, so all you get is the sweet and nutty smell of pure beeswax. Lotion bars make excellent gifts. At just $5 (one ounce) and $10 for the large (3 oz.), they are a great buy!
To make your own lotion bars, you really only need a few basic ingredients in a 2:3:2 ratio. For example, use:
  • 2 oz. sweet almond oil (or any other nourishing oil you have on hand)
  • 3 oz. beeswax
  • 2 oz. shea butter (or cocoa butter)
  • essential oils for fragrance and other beneficial properties (for example, lavender is calming, citrus scents are uplifting). For more information on essential oils, please visit my doTERRA link.

  • You can make lotion bars using either a double boiler or microwave. If using a double boiler, first melt beeswax and oil over a medium heat. Turn off heat as soon as the wax is melted. Then add the shea butter. Stir until the butter melts into the mixture. Do not add shea butter at the beginning because overheating shea can cause it to turn grainy. Once all ingredients are melted together, pour into selected molds. Some great choices to use for lotion bar molds are muffin tins, old laundry detergent cups (wash well first), or ice cube trays. The best time to add the essential oils is after your mixture has cooled a bit.

    If you choose to make lotion bars in the microwave, follow the same basic instructions.  Place your beeswax and oil in a glass, microwave save measuring cup. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stopping to stir after each burst. Once the wax is melted, add the shea butter and stir until it melts. Once cooled a bit, add the essential oil and pour into desired molds.

    You can place your molds into the freezer to help the lotion bars solidify quickly. After 20 minutes in the freezer, you can pop them out of the molds, and they are ready to use!

    I am taking special orders for the holiday season. After November 15, my prices will increase. Please visit my Etsy shop or email me directly for ordering information.

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