Protect your family’s skin with this DIY Cucumber Melon Lotion Bar. Your family’s skin will feel so luxurious that your family will thank you! It might also be time to pamper yourself as well. 🙂
Two of my kids had horrible eczema when they were little. We literally tried every. Single. Lotion. On the market (except for prescriptions) to clear it up for them. NOTHING worked.
Then I started researching lotion bars and experimenting with making them. I used the bars on my boys after their evening bath and in just days their eczema was COMPLETELY cleared up.
Do lotion bars really work?
In our experience, YES!
Obviously, I can’t promise the same kind of thing will happen to you. I just know what our experience was. Once I found that it worked, I started researching how to make them myself.
Once I learned how I never looked back. Ever since then, I’ve made lotion bars.
I’ve even shared These lotion bars with friends and family. They’re so easy to make and so beneficial….why not?!
If your skin needs a little pampering or you know someone who struggles with dry skin or eczema, try making these lotion bars.
What is a lotion bar?
A lotion bar is a block of lotion that’s solid to the touch. And then it melts against your skin’s warmth and moisturizes your skin. Use it in place of traditional type lotions as part of your normal personal care routine for moisturizing skin.
Lotion bars (especially homemade ones!) use natural ingredients – with NO preservatives. They stay solid at room temperature but melt a little from body heat.
That makes it easy to apply lotion as needed and store it in a reusable container. I even leave mine out on my bathroom counter on a pretty soap dish!
Ingredients Needed For Cucumber Melon Lotion Bars
- Shea Butter – packed with anti-inflammatory and healing properties
- Sweet Almond Oil – a great moisturizer for skin and hair but can also aid in protecting your skin from sun damage and in preventing stretch marks
- Beeswax – keeps your skin soft and hydrated.
- Cucumber melon fragrance oil – you can adjust the amount of oil you add to this recipe depending upon how fragrant you like your bars
- Fruit green mica powder – pick the perfect green hue from the vast array of mica powder colors
- Cylinder silicone mold
- Kitchen scale – a must-have for making this recipe to ensure the bars set up correctly
- Microwave-safe measuring cup with a spout
How to Make DIY Cucumber Melon Lotion Bars
The process for making lotion bars is simple. Just follow these instructions.
Measure ingredients by weight, using the kitchen scale.
Add beeswax and shea butter to a microwave-safe measuring cup with a spout. Heat on high for 1 minute, remove and stir.
Repeat heat sessions, until fully melted, stirring between each heat session. The beeswax will take the longest to melt.
Once melted, add sweet almond oil and stir well.
Add fragrance oil and mica. Stir until color is combined. This particular color will have beautiful swirls.
Pour into mold and allow to set for about 1-2 hours.
Try a Different Variation of our DIY Lotion Bar
- Use different scented fragrance oils and mica powder to find your favorite scent such as baby powder fragrance oil and light blue mica powder.
- Try carnauba wax or candelilla wax instead of beeswax. You may find you prefer one of those to the beeswax.
Here are a few common questions I see readers ask about making this project. If you don’t see your question below, please leave it in the comments!
How do I add fragrance to lotion bars?
You add fragrance to lotion bars and other DIY bath and beauty items by either using fragrance oil or essential oils to add any scent you like.
Can you use lotion bars in the shower?
Use them right after you DRY OFF from the shower for instant and lasting hydration.
The golden rule of body lotion application is to “apply immediately after shower to seal in moisture.” This also applies to lotion bars and using them this way will lock in that moisture!
How long do lotion bars last?
A small bar can last about 2 weeks if used daily. The less you use it, the longer it will last.
However, the thing about lotion bars is that as you regularly use them, your skin will become so hydrated and soft that you won’t need to re-apply as often. That means your lotion bars will last even longer!
Are lotion bars better than lotion?
YES! It has superior moisturizing capability compared to water-based lotions because it contains entirely ultra-moisturizing ingredients such as cocoa butter, Vitamin E oil, shea butter, or coconut oil.
This combination of hydrating oils, with beeswax or a vegetable-based wax, is a match made in (hydration) heaven!
Is beeswax good for the skin?
Beeswax is a humectant, meaning it attracts water, and creates a protective layer on the skin. When used in lotion bars, the beeswax will work double-duty to keep your skin hydrated and soft.
Can I make lotion bars with tallow wax or soy wax instead?
Soy wax is made from the oils in soybeans. Tallow wax is rendered from the fat of animals and would be a less expensive option.
These two types of wax are pure white so therefore will create a white lotion bar. These types of butter are rich in essential fatty acids that help condition the skin. They also add a solid quality to the bar.
What is the best plant-based wax to use?
There are a few plant-based alternatives that will work for this recipe. The two most common are candelilla wax and carnauba wax.
Carnauba wax comes from the leaves of a Brazilian palm tree. Carnauba wax is the cheaper of the two, therefore making it a little more cost-effective for your lotion bars.
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- 2 oz shea butter
- 2 oz sweet almond oil
- 2 oz beeswax
- 20 drops cucumber melon fragrance oil
- 1/8 tsp fruit green mica powder
- Cylinder silicone mold
- Kitchen scale
- Microwave safe measuring cup with spout
- Using the kitchen scale, measure the ingredients by weight.
- Add the beeswax and shea butter to the microwave safe measuring cup with spout. Heat on high in microwave for 1 minute and remove. Stir well.
- Repeat step 2 until fully melted. Be sure to stir between each heat session. Beeswax takes the longest to melt.
- Once the beeswax and shea butter are completely melted, add sweet almond oil. Stir well.
- Add mica and fragrance oil stirring until color is combined.
- Pour mixture into the mold. Allow to cool and set for 1 - 2 hours.