11 Best Homemade Lotion Bar Recipes

best homemade lotion bar recipes

I don’t know about you, but I’m a fanatic about cosmetics, especially when they smell so yummy.

After spending nearly $200 on Lush Cosmetics and ULTA combined recently, I decided to try and make my own- especially since that money spent was cutting into my book budget…

Since I’m addicted to Pinterest and it’s recently become like Google for me, I decided to check and see if Pinterest had any interest recipes I could try and make myself.

These were the top 11 best homemade lotion bar recipes that caught my attention, not only because of how easy they are to make- but because most of them look yummy enough to eat (you don’t want to do that!)

But first, let’s talk about why lotion bars are sooooo amazing…

Reasons I Love Using Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are better than regular lotion because at room temperature, they’re a solid little bar.

But once they’re rubbed or massaged into your skin, the heat from your skin causes it to slightly melt so that the ingredients can be better absorbed into your skin.  Some types of lotions can sit on top of the skin no matter how much you rub them in- this leaves a greasy and uncomfortable feeling for people like me.

Lotion bars don’t feel greasy and the ingredients are usually minimal, so you don’t have to worry about massaging all kinds of chemicals into your pores like with some lotions.

Best of all, most of them are portable and can be taken anywhere since they take up much less room than lotion bottles and can be kept relatively mess free in cute little metal travel tins.

Here’s what you need to get started with making homemade lotion bars:

  • Some type of silicone molds- candy molds will work too!
  • Metal travel containers to store your newly made lotion bars.
  • Printable labels (optional) but add a cute touch to your little tins.
  • Plus, all of the ingredients for your particular lotion bar recipe.

There’s all kinds of lotion bars you can make, but here’s a few you could try:

Chocolate Lotion Bars

I love chocolate and most chocolate scents so long as they don’t smell too artificial, unfortunately many chocolate cosmetics look great on the outside but don’t pass the smell test, so I end up passing them up.

Luckily, I found a recipe that is close to the real deal without having to rub a chocolate bar all over your body thanks to Cocoa Powder.

Orange Honey Lotion Bars

Orange essential oil is known to help energize you while also having a clean and refreshing smell. The honey and beeswax in this recipe is like food for your skin- it’s moisturizing without making your skin feel greasy and gross by the end of the day.

It can’t get any better than that!

Beeswax Lotion Bars

These lotion bars are the easiest to make for beginners.

So if you’re getting started with making lotion bars but feeling overwhelmed with all the recipes there is to try, try this one first.

Bug Repellent Lotion Bars

Summer is just around the corner and with that brings all kinds of biting insects.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy spraying myself down with Deep Woods Insect Repellent. I also hate most insect repelling products since they smell so harsh and just plain gross, but I think these bug repellent lotion bars are the perfect solution to this problem.

Lavender Love Homemade Lotion Bars

I love these lavender lotion bars since lavender is calming and just helps me clear my mind on really stressful days. I wouldn’t mind using one of these right before bed after a hot shower…

Sugar Plum Body Butter Bars

When I saw these on Pinterest, I had to double check to make sure they weren’t some kind of candies since these remind me of the Dove dark chocolate morsels.


But you probably shouldn’t eat them.

Mountain Mint Lotion Bars

Need some spa therapy but your budget says no?

Then give these lotion bars a try.

The rich moisturizing texture of this lotion bar will help make your skin feel amazing, while the Mint will uplift and relax you.

It’s a win-win in my books.

Sore Muscle Massage Bar

Taking care of a lot of animals and acreage means I’m constantly moving and lifting things/animals.

Despite having done this for a couple of years, sometimes I wake up and feel extremely sore all over.

A hot shower and ibuprofen can only do so much…

These sore muscle massage bars contain whole coffee beans in them, so it feels like a literal massage as you rub it against your skin while the peppermint and cinnamon essential oils create a warming sensation that is both soothing and will help relax those tense muscles.

Vanilla Spice Body Butter Bar

These vanilla spice lotion bars keep things light smelling but are easy to make.   

Coffee Scrub Lotion Bar

If you drink a lot of coffee, then you probably have a lot of leftover coffee grounds…

Coffee grounds make great compost for gardens, but have you considered keeping a small batch for yourself to make your own lotion bars with?

Dandelion Lotion Bars

Dandelions hardly get any appreciation and are commonly considered weeds, but for some people- another man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

In this case, a common weed can actually benefit your skin

So go ahead and go pick those dandelions, just make sure they’re chemical free!

How Long Do Lotion Bars Last?

The shelf life of lotion bars depends on a few things.

Things like the ingredients used and how they’re stored can impact how long the lotion bars will last.

Find the main ingredient/s in your lotion bars and use this little table to guestimate how long you should keep them:

  • Cocoa Butter- 2-3 years
  • Shea Butter- 1-2 years
  • Coconut Oil- 2-5 years
  • Beeswax- dependent on proper care
  • Candelilla Wax- dependent on proper care

In general, anticipate your lotion bars lasting 12-18 months so long as they’re kept in a dry clean space.

If you keep them in tins, make sure the inside of the container never gets wet and definitely avoid placing your bars or tins near any heat. The heat can cause the oils to warm up and turn rancid.

What Are Lotion Bars Used For?

Lotion bars are used to help moisturize the skin, except the ingredients are usually minimal and made from a variety of “natural” ingredients like essential oils, avocado oil, coconut oil, beeswax, etc.

All of which you can order online or get from a natural health food store.

By keeping the ingredients down to a minimum and only using natural ingredients, they’re better for your skin and may even have some therapeutic properties!

As an added perk, your skin will feel soft and moisturized.

Some lotion bars even have a slight but pleasant smell that lingers, but this depends on the recipe.

Wrapping It All Up

If you’re tired of spending a bunch of money on various lotions that either don’t work or stay on top of your skin leaving you feeling like an oil slick, then try making one of these homemade lotion bar recipes!

You don’t need much supplies, and you can often make a batch in just a few minutes.

Leftovers can be given to friends and family! Give one of these a try and let me know how it works for you!

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