Soothing Shea Butter Lotion Recipe
Hydrate and rejuvenate dry, cracked skin with this easy shea butter lotion bar recipe... Mmmmm!
This deeply nourishing shea butter lotion recipe is perfect for dry, cracked or irritated skin.
It's great in winter for wind-chapped skin, and in summer it can help soothe and restore burned, peeling skin.
This lotion bar recipe makes a solid bar,
much like a soap bar, which melts as you rub it into your skin.
easy to make - just follow the basic instructions on how to make body
butter outlined below.
The secret to maximizing the benefits of a lotion bar recipe like this one is to apply it to damp skin - it seals the moisture into your skin while also nourishing with vitamins and such.
Soothing Shea Butter Lotion Recipe
3/4 cup (4.5oz) Cocoa butter
3/4 cup (4.5oz) Shea Butter
3/4 cup (4.5oz) unrefined Coconut oil or other carrier oil (see below for ideas)
3/4 cup (4.5oz) Beeswax
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E (or 1 capsule)
5 drops Grapefruit Seed extract
30 drops essential oil - see below for blends
- Put about an inch (2.5cm) of water in the bottom of a medium-sized pot and heat to a low simmer.
- Place the Cocoa butter, Shea butter and Coconut oil in a large heat-proof glass measuring cup (such as Pyrex).
Place the measuring cup in the water and warm slowly over a low heat until the butters, wax and oil are melted.
- Cook at a low heat for about 5 minutes. Do not allow to boil (or even simmer!)
- Remove from the heat and add the Vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract and essential oils.
Using a metal spoon, stir to combine. (A wooden spoon absorbs the scent of essential oils.)
- Pour the liquid mixture
into soap molds and let cool. (I personally use silicone muffin cups.
You could even use the bottoms of individual sized yogurt cups or pretty
much anything that's the size you want your finished lotion bar to be.)
It will harden as it cools.
- Remove from the molds. If the lotion bar sticks in the mold, set the mold into some warm water
to melt the edges a bit, then tip the bar out of the mold.
- Store each lotion bar individually in parchment paper, plastic wrap or ziplock bags to prevent them from getting dusty and losing their scent over time.
- To use, simply rub the aromatherapy body butter bar into your skin - it melts as it warms up to skin temperature! Great for hands, feet, elbows and even lips!
I find the rigid plastic molds unbelievably frustrating to get anything out of.
I've given up on them completely now and I'm using only silicone molds. There's tons of different shapes at Amazon.com ... Much better!
Customizing Your Shea Butter Lotion Recipe
Here's some suggestions for scenting your shea butter lotion recipe:
8 drops each grapefruit, orange and bergamot, 2 drops each geranium and ylang ylang.
12 drops each lavender and orange, 2 drops each chamomile and cedarwood OR ylang ylang.
8 drops each lavender, palmarosa and rose, 3 drops each clary sage and geranium.
10 drops sandalwood, 8 drops patchouli, 8 drops orange 1 drop each cinnamon, ginger, vetiver and ylang ylang.
You can reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of
drops of essential oils.
Don't increase the essential oils, however, since they should only be a
certain percentage of the total shea butter lotion bar recipe.
I don't recommend putting your aromatherapy body butter bars into the
freezer to harden as some recipes suggest - I find it reduces the scent,
and it can also cause the bars to crack.
Replace some or all of the coconut oil with other carrier oils specific for your skin type such as
Sweet Almond or
Browse through the aromatherapy carrier oils page to see which oils suit your skin the best.
To make a softer lotion bar recipe, reduce the beeswax by half.
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