I’ve been on a bit of a DIY skin care products kick this month. My skin has been soooooo dry this winter and I’ve been trying to come up with all sorts of ways to help it. The crockpot does all the work in this project (what’s not to love about that?).
DIY Crockpot Lotion Bars
- Crockpot Liner
- 1 lb Beeswax (pellets will melt faster)
- 1 lb Shea Butter
- 1 lb Coconut Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (optional)
- Essential Oils (optional)
These ingredients can be a bit of a pain to clean so I would say that the crockpot liner is a must. Place the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in the crockpot and heat on high. Once all of the ingredients have melted, ladle into molds. I used both the Wilton bite size daisy mold and also some cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. I like the size of the daisy mold better, plus the oil seeped through the liners and made the cupcake pan a bit of a pain to clean.
If you would like to add some scent using essential oils, mix in 1-2 drops per bar. The ingredients all have a natural scent so if you are scent sensitive you might want to mix some scent into the bars, I did a mix of scented and natural.
The bars harden in about 10 minutes and then can be popped out of the mold. They are stable and hard at room temperature.
One reason I like the smaller mold is because they fit perfectly in the Wilton Favor Tins which helps store them individually (seen in first image).
The bars are solid at room temperature; however, rubbing them on your skin warms up the outer layer and releases the lotion onto your skin. I’m going to keep a few around the house so that I can add some moisture to my skin at any time.
How would you use these lotion bars? This recipe made quite a few more than I realized so if you would like to buy some that I made shoot me an email.
Washi Kawaii says
That’s really awesome, I’ve never thought of using a crockpot for anything other than food and the ingredients you used are super healthy and awesome as well.
I heart my crockpot. These bars are working great!
About how many did this recipe make? Thanks!
I don’t remember exactly, but I want to say that it was about 80. It made a lot.
Thanks!! Was going to use the recipe to make some for part of my bridesmaids gifts… maybe I will cut it in half haha Not sure I need 80 lotion bars!! But I am super excited to make them!
I have some left that didn’t sell at my craft fairs if you get busy with wedding planning and would like to buy some instead. If you do make them, let me know how yours turn out!
Do you think I could add a Lush bubble bar in this mix to make a Lush dupe massage bar of that scent? I really want to make lotion bars that smell like their new limited edition Unicorn Horn but I wasn’t sure if grating it into the mix would be a good or bad idea?
I just made your recipe it came out perfect!! Thank you. Very nice consistency and leaves your skin feeling hydrated not oily. I will never purchase lotion again.
Is it soft enough to cut after cooling? If it is, then I would want to line a sheet pan with foil and cut into bars after cooling. What is your opinion?
I would cut it before it completely cools. I imagine that it would be soft enough to cut once completely cooled but haven’t tried. If it fails, they are easy to re-melt and try again ;)
Instead of using paper Cupcake liners I would use the silicone cupcake lines. That way no fuss, no mess.
I ended up doing some with cupcake liners and some with the silicone liners. I liked the size better with the silicone ones.
I’m not sure where to buy some of the ingredients
If you click the links where I list the ingredients they will take you to Amazon so you can purchase them. Good luck if you decide to make your own :)
What’s the shelf life of these lotion bars?
I have one currently on my desk at work from a year and a half ago and it is still going strong.
These are great. They make lovely little gifts for friends and acquaintances. Used some as favors for a friend’s fundraising tea. Used mini cupcake wrappers for base cake, then put rosettes from silicone mold on top, placed in baggie tied with curling ribbon. I just leave the wrappers in place until ready to use. Wrappers make good saucers. My hands are so soft. just from making them. Larger sizes are good for my personal use.
is the crock pot the liner or do you mean the crock needs a liner like wax paper in the crock ?
You can purchase crock pot liners at Walmart or any grocery store – they are found with the plastic wrap, aluminum foil, etc. This is a great idea! I never thought about using the crock pot as a tool to melt my soaps! I am going to put them in round swivel-up deodorant-type containers for easier application.