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Homemade Hard Lotion: A Tale of a Distracted DIY Mom {GUEST POST}

Homemade hard lotion bars

This is a guest post by my friend-in-real-life, Laurie. She and I met and connected because we both had babes in slings at our sons’ Valentine’s Day Party one year, and we quickly discovered that real food, natural parenting, and Christianity were more than enough to form a strong bond. (I love it when God brings people into my life like that…)

Laurie often calls me from the grocery store to ask, “What was in that recipe you posted last week?” or “Which words do we look for on the label to find the proper such-and-such?” She also inspires me to keep vigilant on our family’s desserts as I watch their family continue to cut down on the sugars.

The very first day we met, she told me of their policy of desserts only happening after dinner, and I remember thinking, “Here I am, a healthy food blogger, and I let my preschooler have a dessert after every meal!” The Kimball family policy changed that day. Winking smile Now Laurie’s family only has desserts on weekends, continuing to encourage and inspire.

Because I love my friend Jess’s DIY Cracked Foot & Heel Salve Recipe, I asked Lauie if she was interested in trying MadeOn’s DIY homemade lotion kit (Link no longer available) from my affiliate partner one day. I noticed some homemaking goals written on a whiteboard in her kitchen. One of them was a brainstorm she and her husband had in an effort for her to contribute to the family income while staying at home. It said:

Make more homemade gifts.”

She was kind of excited to get a product sample from MadeOn at first, although I think she has some mixed emotions now that she’s at the end of the process.

I kind of grinned and told her that there’s a reason I never had the desire to make homemade lotion…and that I got her back for all those grocery store help-line phone calls. Here’s her experience with the homemade lotion-making process, some rookie tips for success, and a happy ending:

homemade hard lotion bars

Do you remember the assignment that teachers give to their students to teach them how to follow directions?

It’s the one where the directions say to read ALL the questions BEFORE you begin answering them.

Of course the last question reads, “Put your name on the top of the paper, skip ALL the other questions, congratulate yourself for following the directions, and turn in your paper.”

If you are like most people, you had already completed every question on the page before getting to that last and most important one. I couldn’t help but think of this assignment as I tried to make my hard lotion from MadeOn Skin Care.

I most certainly should have read through all the directions and steps, made sure I understood them, and possibly even visualized how things would go before beginning. However, as a mom of three who was attempting to accomplish this task at a very late hour, I jumped right in and ended up spending much more time on it than I otherwise might have.

Here is my experience step-by-step with lots of pictures and suggestions. I hope it helps!

Making DIY Homemade Natural Lotion

1 Made On DIY kit contents

The DIY kit (Link no longer available) comes in a tidy little box complete with the following: Instructions, 5oz beeswax, 5.25oz coconut oil, 4.25oz shea butter, 4 lip balm tubes, and one dropper.

The first mistake I made was “browsing” the instructions while my 3-yr old distracted me, climbing on my back and digging through the contents of the box. I quickly assumed it was going to be an easy task and planned to do it that night.

I put the kids to bed, briefly read through the steps and realized I needed to freeze the shea butter and coconut oil BEFORE beginning… ugg! I know I could have scrapped them out of the plastic but figured I should try to follow the instructions fully in order to do a proper review.

A few weeks later (when I had another free night!) I tried again. The shea butter and coconut oil were certainly frozen now. The first step said, “Place the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler.”

I pulled the first two ingredients out of the freezer and stuck them in the double boiler (freezing them did make it very easy to get it out!). I added the neat little balls of beeswax, turned the burner to medium heat (as per instructions) and walked away for a bit knowing it would take a while for all of it to melt.

2 DIY kit in the pot

The next step simply says, “Stir well and pour into molds.” I still couldn’t help but thinking this was going to be so quick and easy… but I was soon going to realize my second mistake and discover that I was making things harder than I needed to.

4 starting to melt

The instructions say that molds can be either plastic or metal and suggest that ice cube trays and cupcake pans work well. I had already pulled out my mini muffin pan because the size of the cups was exactly what I wanted.

I started thinking, “Hmmm, maybe I should see what it says about how much this is going to make.” It did not mention anywhere how much it would make. The directions listed the amounts of each ingredient but I am clueless as to how much space this will take up.

At this point I read that I should have kept some of the coconut oil out to add it in later when I make the lip balm – whoops! I had already put it all in, mixed it with the other melted ingredients and was ready to start pouring (insert forehead smack here).

At the top of the page it did mention that my kit contained extra coconut oil since the lip balms may need it. Another reason to read through things thoroughly! I decided to not worry about it and proceed with filling the molds.

6 pouring homemade lotion into molds

As I poured the lotion into the molds I became concerned about three things:

  • How was I ever going to get all this wax-coated stuff clean (including my stove top where I had spilled a bit and had left many drips to dry)?
  • This was going to make much more than a few mini muffin-sized bars of lotion!
  • I had no idea how much essential oil to add to each small bar.

To address my first concern, I filled a large bowl with hot, soapy water and left it in my sink. As I dripped and spilled I planned on quickly wiping it up with a rag.

To address the second concern I just thought, “Oh well, I will have a lot of lotion and make a few bigger ones if I have to (using a regular muffin pan).”

The third question was a bit more difficult to deal with. The instructions say to add 10-15 drops of essential oil for 2-3 ounces of lotion. The problem was I did not know what amount each little muffin cup would hold. So I guessed! I decided on 5-10 drops for each cup.

7 dropping essential oils into homemade lotion

As you can see, the oils has to be added right away before the lotion melted. I forgot a few times and tried to add it in when the lotion was starting to get a bit thick. A little tip… it does not mix well! I used four different oils:

3 essential oils used

I also tried to use vanilla (actual pure vanilla extract) since it is my favorite smell and it did not mix well at all. I may have added it a bit late but I do wonderHomemade Natural Hard Lotion Bars and Lip Balm. Learn from our mistakes! Step by step process of how to make homemade hard lotion bars and lip balms, plus a DIY kit so you don't have to chase down all the ingredients. if it reacted with something in the lotion mix and wanted to separate. It is one I might have to try again to see what happens.

I kept wondering how I was going to get the lotion out of the muffin pan so I tried a few in a silicon mold. My son had just received a fish mold for ice cubes as a gift but I figured it would work out just fine for lotion and might be fun for the kids too.

9 fish shaped silicone molds

This picture is also a great example of what happens when you add the oils in too late… it pooled on top and did not mix in.

I had just enough lotion left to fill the lip balm tubes. This was a bit tricky. Using the dropper made it easier than other methods I can imagine trying but it did drip everywhere and made a mess on my stove top. I would fill the dropper over the double boiler but on the way to the tubes in would drip and spill. Maybe holding the tubes over the double boiler might have been a better way to fill them but I was afraid of getting burnt!

8 filling lip balms with homemade DIY lotion

The directions say to fill the tube halfway, wait a bit until the color starts to change (indicating hardening), and then fill to the top. I put the essential oils in right before filling the tubes to the top but might do that differently next time. I don’t think it mixed in with the lower half of the tube and made the upper half much too strong. Maybe 5 drops per tube was way too much to begin with… the peppermint oil made my lips tingle pretty fiercely!

How to Clean Up Homemade Hard Lotion

While the lotion cooled in the muffin pan and silicon tray I tried to start the clean-up process. After dumping the hot (but by now rather cool), soapy water from the bowl in my sink I saw that I was right – this clean-up was not going to be an easy task! Everything was covered in waxy lotion and smelled like essential oils.

10 part of the cleanup process

This is where I discovered another big mistake. At the bottom of the instructions sheet, below the Hair Butter Instructions and Diaper Rash Cream Instructions (neither of which I read since I wasn’t going to make them) it says this:

“IMPORTANT!: Clean up by wiping all equipment out with paper towels while still hot. Then wash in hot soapy water.”

Number one, I do not keep paper towels in my house (we use rags instead) and number two, everything had already cooled.

Oh how I wish I had read this ahead of time!

16 boiling water for the clean up process

I realize that the muffin pan and silicone tray would not have been washed while still hot since the lotion had to cool in them but I could have saved a lot of time and energy by wiping and washing everything else right away.

I quickly got my tea kettle going as well as another pan of water boiling. I also pulled out the rags that were in the worst condition as I knew they would need to be sacrificed (I wasn’t about to put a bunch of waxy rags in my washer!).

11 uh oh the mess of homemade lotion

The above picture shows some of the mess and also my attempt at reheating the lotion in the silicone fish tray. I was hoping that if I reheated it a bit by putting it in a pan of boiling water, I could then mix in the oil better. I was too impatient though and gave up after 15 minutes and many swirls with a toothpick!

Finished Hard Lotion Bars – A Success?

12 finished homemade hard lotion in molds

By the time I cleaned all the tools I had used, as well as the stove top, the lotion was ready to pop out of the muffin pan.

Yes, a lot of time had passed while I was cleaning Winking smile

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the homemade lotion came out of the muffin cups fairly easily. I did have to flex the pan while holding it upside down and bang it on the counter, but that was better than carving it out with a knife and making a huge mess (which is what I thought would happen!).

13 finished hard lotion flipped out of the muffin tin

The lotion in the silicone fish molds came out very easily. If making lotion becomes a regular adventure, I will definitely invest in some silicone ice cube trays or muffin pans.

Here is the catch though… it seems to hold the smell from the essential oils. I have washed and boiled the silicone mold many times and it still smells like citronella. Along with the dropper (that I could not get clean if my life depended on it), the silicone fish mold might now be a permanent lotion/candle/crayon maker.

14 fish mold lotion

Lessons Learned (if I ever make homemade lotion again)

After repeated cleaning of the muffin pan and the silicone mold (and some much needed sleep!), I was finally done and ready to type up my suggestions and review.

Here are some of the biggest lessons I learned and a few suggestions that might help anyone else that tries the DIY hard lotion kit (Link no longer available):

  • Read through ALL of the instructions BEFORE beginning
  • Create a step-by-step list of what to do
  • Set everything up ahead of time
  • Add the essential oils immediately after pouring the lotion into the molds
  • Have boiling water and hot/soapy water ready
  • Have paper towels on hand
  • Use silicone molds
  • Add the essential oils to the lip balm immediately after filling halfway, then add the rest of the lotion
  • The kit makes about two dozen little bars in mini muffin cups, approximately 1/8 cup of lotion liquid each, plus 4 lip balms. (Katie here: guessing that 1/8 cup is just over a half ounce of lotion?)

Even though this was a long and messy process, I am glad I did it. I learned a lot about making homemade lotion and why I pay good money for natural, hand-made lotions!

UPDATE: Renee has already changed her instructions after listening to our feedback. Love that!

And Do I Like the Lotion?

homemade hard lotion bars

I have had the chance to use the lotions for the last few weeks and have a few thoughts about it:

  • The consistency is great! I was afraid that putting in the extra coconut oil (intended for the lip balm) would make it mushy and not hold its shape. I am glad I added it. I have been using pure coconut oil on my skin from head to toe for a year now and this was much easier. My house has been between 60 and 70 degrees and I have had no trouble with it getting too soft. We’ll see what happens when it gets up to 90 degrees…
  • Warming the lotion a bit between your palms makes it much easier to rub on your skin.
  • I actually like the intensity of the essential oils. I added 5-10 drops (usually 10) for each mini muffin-sized lotion bar and it was not too strong as I initially thought it might be.
  • Five drops of peppermint essential oil per lip balm tube was way too much for me (Katie liked it though!). Maybe it would have been okay with a different oil but I did not like the sensation mine created.
  • Overall, the lip balm seems really nice. It goes on smoothly and lasts well. I am not a huge fan of lip balm in general so I have to admit I have not used mine much ( I think the peppermint scared me away!).
  • The lotion creates a great barrier. I noticed that just using coconut oil does not work well long-term. It rubs off on clothing and does not seem to keep my skin soft and moisturized for more than a few hours. Using the hard lotion made a big difference. I tried using just the bar and also using it after putting on the coconut oil and had great success both ways. I do prefer using both but I might have the driest skin on the planet so don’t feel that you would need to do the same. My skin stayed soft for a long time and helped to keep the coconut oil from rubbing off.

Katie’s Kibitzing

One thing I love about Laurie’s experience is that she and I are so much alike! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done something very similar with recipes, jumping in before reading all the directions. Sometimes I even mess them up when I’ve done them before, like when I didn’t PACK my almond flour last week when I was testing my OWN recipe for grain-free tortillas, which clearly said “packed almond flour.” Le sigh.

I also love that in spite of a number of snafus, the lotion bars still turned out. I am often encouraged in my distractedness by readers who comment on recipe posts like this: “I did this and this and this wrong and changed 5 ingredients plus baked them too long because I forgot to set a timer, and you know what? The recipe was still awesome!” I feel like that’s the sign of a great recipe – that you almost can’t screw it up royally, even if you try your darndest! Winking smile

Lastly, I love working with small business owners rather than huge conglomerates. When I emailed Renee to tell her about the less-than-stellar (but rather humorous, in my opinion) experience that Laurie had, she wanted our help in rewriting the directions from the ground up. How great is that?

I can only imagine that if Johnson and Johnson was a sponsor, for example, that I’d get a form response email and a note a few days later saying, “I’ll pass along your comments to the appropriate department…”

Renee, on the other hand, already has made changes to the instructions, such as adding:

IMPORTANT! Your DIY kit contains more coconut oil than shea butter. This is because the lip balms may require a tad more coconut oil. Your kit contains 4.5 oz beeswax, 4.5 oz coconut oil, 4 oz shea butter.”

She also describes how to eye up the quantities and includes a “warm weather recipe” for summertime.

Now that you have the benefit of this post, you can avoid all the distracted homemaker mistakes and enjoy the homemade lotion-making process.

The DIY kit (Link no longer available) is eligible for free shipping over $45, all the time.

Would You Ever Make Homemade Lotion?

Made On DIY Homemade Lotion Bars and Lip Balms

Hearing Laurie talk about her experience has confirmed for me that I don’t want to try, and that’s okay! I told Laurie in email that our post would probably have one of three effects:

  1. We’ll scare away some people who were pondering trying to make their own lotion. They won’t want to do it now, and that’s okay!

We Finally Met in Person!

To get your own hard lotion click here and take advantage of $5 off orders of $30 or more of MadeOn products using code: kitchenstew5

  1. We’ll inspire people to try doing it, because they’ll think, “Hey, I can follow directions much better than that, I don’t mind a little mess, and I think I could probably even clean up faster than Laurie did. I want to save money on homemade gifts (Link no longer available) here, and I’m motivated to succeed!”
  2. People are going to be full of advice in the comments with uber-helpful ideas for how to avoid every single pitfall (and some others we haven’t thought of).
    • I often learn more in the comments than the post or experience myself, since I typically am a bumbling idiot much worse than my poor friend Laurie! Bring it on!
Made On DIY Homemade Lotion Bars and Lip Balms

My little photography “helper”…reason number 57 why I’m not trying this at home!

Perfect Timing!

If you’re willing to jump into a messy situation – which will be much more tolerable now that you can learn from Laurie’s mistakes – you can get the DIY kit (Link no longer available) and make lotions in time for Mother’s Day, end-of-year teacher gifts, stocking stuffers for Christmas, or bridal and baby showers you have this summer.

There’s also a bonus free eBook with the DIY kit right now: My Buttered Life Summer Edition, including a recipe for homemade sunscreen (you can add 2 oz. of zinc oxide to your DIY kit and have everything you need to make it).

Would you make homemade lotion? Have you ever tried?
Homemade hard lotion bars

Thanks to Laurie for a great guest post and sharing her experience! Laurie is a mom of three who is also a doula in Grand Rapids, MI (and awesome at it!).

Unless otherwise credited, photos are owned by the author or used with a license from Canva or Deposit Photos.

34 thoughts on “Homemade Hard Lotion: A Tale of a Distracted DIY Mom {GUEST POST}”

  1. I am also wondering what I may have done wrong as the honey sank to the bottom on the last few that I poured?
    Thanks for your help:)

    1. Carolyn @ Kitchen Stewardship

      I’ve found two tips for this. One is that you may need to mix the honey in more and the other is to put the bars in the fridge to harden so that the honey doesn’t have as much time to settle. I hope you’re able to figure it out!

  2. Does anyone think you could pour the lotion directly into a small lidded tin and use it from there? It would cool in the tin and melt using your finger tips? Kind of like the Burt’s Bees stuff?

    1. Jessica, I have never tried it but depending on the recipe it might work. Once you pour it in though it will be very tough to get out if it does not work. I know the ones I made would not work. I would have to dig the lotion out of a container. You might have to add a bit less beeswax so it’s not as hard a lotion. You could make body butter instead of a lotion bar. That pours nicely into a lidded container and easily comes out using finger tips. In warmer weather though it will melt so I put mine in the refigerator. I know I am not much help but it does not seem like many people reply on this blog. 🙂 Good luck!

  3. Tracey Bowman

    I’ve been making lotion bars for about 6 months now. Love them! Just wondering if anyone has made one using raw honey? I have made them twice and both times the honey sinks to the bottom of the last couple bars I pour and I have to throw them out. They turn out hard on top with a gooey mess on the bottom. I love lotion bars with raw honey so I’d really like to figure out what I am doing wrong. The recipe I use is 1/4 cup shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 1/2 tbsp of raw honey. I added essential oil too. Melt shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax then add in honey and oil and stir. The first 3-4 bars came out nicely. I even stirred each time before pouring each bar the second time I made this recipe and still the last couple were gooey on the bottom. Anyone else have this problem? What am I doing wrong? Thank you!

  4. Kelly @ The Nourishing Home

    What a thorough post on making homemade lotion. I have to say I am somewhat intrigued and intimidated at the same time. LOL! But I really think these would make the cutest, sweetest gifts. So I’ve pinned this and plan to share it with my FB fans too! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings, Kelly 🙂

  5. Hi there! I have made the hard lotion twice, once for my family and once for Christmas presents. One thing that worked wonderfully well was to actually cook two vanilla beans in with the oils while they were melting. I added a tablespoon of honey to this mixture and the lotion had the most heavenly smell afterwards! 🙂
    The clean up is not fun, but the end product is so great, it is totally worth it. I especially love using the hard lotion on my cuticles before bed. Really works well to prevent hang nails and to prevent nail breakage. Try it and you will be hooked!

  6. I make my own, I learned from Renee/MadeOn Hard Lotion…

    for molds I use clean/snack size applesauce plastic containers (I got them free as they come in children’s meals at Culvers a restaurant in WI & surround states 🙂 similar size/shape one that cooled in a muffin tin. At home, I then store the lotion in that plastic cup and use the lotion as needed.

  7. Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    I make lotion all the time, although not quite like this — although I do like Renee’s bars!

    Vanilla extract didn’t mix in because it’s alcohol, basically water. So you’re mixing oil and water together! I’m not sure what else could be used to give the vanilla scent that would work well.

    1/8 c. of lotion is one ounce. 🙂

    Really many lotions are foolproof…I make a lot of different ones! And yes…clean up IMMEDIATELY! Makes it a lot easier!

  8. I loved the ‘review’! I started making my own lotion bars a year and a half ago and I just love them! I don’t use anything else. In the winter time I add extra coconut oil to make it easier to apply and since it doesn’t get above about 90 degrees here in summer the same formula works ok, but if I send some to my family in the southwest, I take out some of the coconut oil. I just put the bar lotion on my lips, don’t mess with tubes :). Oh and I make whole batches of one flavor of essential oil. I also use small yogurt cups as my molds. I collect them and re use them. (no I don’t make my own yogurt… yet 😉

  9. I’ve been making Renee’s recipe for lotion bars and her whipped shea butter for a while now, and I love them both. Ditto on using soap molds for the lotion bars – works great. I have to admire someone as generous as Renee, who sells her work but will still kindly give away recipes and instructions!. Her video on YouTube detailing step by step how to make the whipped shea butter is fantastic.

  10. Nadine Davis

    This looks like some crazy science experiment lol. Love the little fish hard lotion bars, think I’m gonna start off doing rectangle ones as they look a little bit more achieveable for me 🙂

  11. I have a super easy, no mess way of making these bars. Use a ramekin, that you buy just for storing your lotion in. Using a scale, measure the ingredients into the ramekin. Place the filled ramekin in your toaster oven at about 250 deg, until everything is melted. Remove from toaster oven, add essential oils, stirring with toothpick or bamboo skewer. Let cool to harden. If it won’t come out of the ramekin easily, freeze for about 20 min (this was recommended by lori). Voila! Virtually no cleanup, as all the measuring, melting and mixing are done right in the final storage container. 🙂

  12. I used her recipe to make hard lotion bars for everyone for Christmas and my sister in law called me begging for the recipe because she said it had “magical healing powers!” I will definitely be making more. I didn’t find them too difficult, though. She has a video you can watch to see how to make the lotion bars. I found that really helpful.

  13. Love hard lotion bars – I’ve been making them for awhile now. I used some of my small round glad ware containers for molds and then I keep the bars in there. I just bought citronella essential oil to try making homemade bug block bars!

  14. I made lotion with just equal parts of all of the three ingredients. Making it in a mason jar (as mentioned above) keeps things simple! All of my stuff was room temperature when I put it in the jar since the plan was to melt it all anyways. I just gave the wax a head start instead of grating it and kept it swirling over some hot water until it all melted together.
    Since I didn’t have any fancy molds and didn’t care what it looked like, I added the oils after it was liquid and let it cool in the mason jar. Now I have chunks of lotion in ziploc baggies. One for my baby, one for my skin and one for my lips. (I gave some away too). I love that it is so multipurpose as well as non toxic! It is also neat to be able to customize the purposes and scents so easily. I will definitely keep doing it. 🙂

  15. Melissa from the Blue House

    Definitely wanna try making these! Thanks for the thorough review and tutorial!

  16. I’ve made hard lotion a couple times, using MadeOn’s recipe, but not the kit. It helped that I watched her how-to video before I actually ventured into it. I realized after the first time that the tools I used were too difficult to clean and would forever be reserved for lotion making. I bought a turkey baster to help with transferring the liquid to the molds. I later learned to use paper cupcake liners (as others do) and it helped tremendously with the removal and clean-up of my muffin pans. It is great lotion and I will make it again when I run out of the stash I have (I kept my extras in the fridge).

  17. I make my own lotion/salve in small, 80z., canning jars, which leavesno messy cleanup. My lip balm are made in a glass measuring cup that has a pour spout, again no messy cleanup and it is easy to pour into tubes. With both of these I add essential oils after everything has melted, for the lip balm that means between the melted stage and the pouring in the tubes stage. I would most definitely make the hard lotion and as a matter of fact was thinking of looking for recipe just last night. 🙂 I have all the ingredients! Yippee. 😀

  18. I made lotion bars from this kit last year & everything turned out great! I must have been fortunate because I was winging it & have a habit of only skimming directions. I had never made any kind of lotion before. Clean up was easy (I was careful not to drip)… I did not wipe anything with a paper towel, just threw it all in the dishwasher. My silicone baking cups didn’t retain any smell either. Since then, I have ordered ingredients in bulk from other sources & I love how easy it is to make my own lotions & lip balms.

  19. I have used the DIY kit from MadeOn. I’m almost out, need to get more! My tips…
    –use soap molds from the craft store. the bars will fit in altoids mint boxes! You can modgepodge something pretty on the outside of the tin.
    –save your lip balm tubes and refill them. I use the new tubs for gifts and my family uses the recycled tubes.
    –Fill the lipbalm tubes with an infant spoon instead of a dropper.

  20. I made a similar recipe at Christmas for some homemade gifts but added in olive oil for “body balm” or lotion or whatever. I bought small tins to pour the lotion into, I didn’t want the added mess (and with the olive oil, makes it less solid). It helped to add the peppermint oil into the mix right before taking it off the double boiler. Though that may be difficult if you want to make different scents. I really enjoyed the lotion (goodbye dry, wintery skin!), but we discovered an added benefit! My husband started getting allergy shots this year, and the lotion with the added peppermint oil has made the itching on his arm much easier to live with. (He’s allergic to grass and pretty much all pollens–everything that is blooming now–b/c it’s blooming right now, makes the location of the injection super itchy!) The lotion has relieved much of the itching. The tin I kept for us is almost empty, so I’ll be whipping up another batch in the next few weeks! It’s actually one of those things that I wasn’t sure if my husband would be into, but he’s using it more than me!

  21. I made hard lotion bars, without a kit, and they turned out too soft. I figured out it was because the recipe recommended beeswax pellets and I had solid beeswax that I had shredded. The measurement was in cups, and I think the pellets must have weighed more, so next time I’ll measure everything in ounces instead of cups.

    Also, I melted it all in a mason jar, (in a pot of water on the stove) and keep it just for making lotion, so easy clean up! Cleaning my food processor after shredding the beeswax was a different story, though!

    1. I keep an old cheese grater for this purpose. Maybe a little hard on the knuckles but it doesn’t gunk up my food processor 😉

  22. I’ve done my fair share of crazy homemade projects with mixed and messy results. Sometimes just buying things from a talented maker is the best solution 🙂 Also, 1/8 C is one ounce.

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Yes, for water – but I think this is heavier, because I added up the ounces in the kit (14.5) and looked at how many bars are in the picture. It was a guesstimate! 😉 Katie

  23. I’m a bit confused how you use the bars? Do you just rub them on your skin, or do you have to use them wet? The word lotion brings to mind a liquid, and these are solid (sorry if you said that in the post and i missed it!)

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Good question! You don’t have to get them wet, no, you just rub the bar on your skin, usually after softening it a bit in your hands. They’re lovely for legs after a shower especially, and a deep moisturize for hands at night. 🙂 Katie

  24. Suz Mears Ness

    I would totally make these! And I have been searching for a lotion that is “pumpable” because that is what my kids use the most! Definitely going to check this out some more! Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate the open, honest experience!

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