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Monday, November 28, 2011

How do you make lotion bars? None of your beeswax!

While digging in my bathroom closet the other day, I came across a block of beeswax that I bought last holiday season for making chapstick (recipe coming at some point soon).  It was a "what the hell do I do with a big block of beeswax" kind of moment.  You guys have those moments?  I'm sure you do.  It's probably a common occurrence in your house.

I did some quick searching on the internet and found some lotion bar recipes, but they all contained oils like avocado that I can't find in my little town.  I had an epiphany and, I remembered some almond oil I also had in the tomb of my bathroom closet from another 2010 Christmas gift making bonanza.  So, I bring you Sarah's lotion bars made with ingredients you can find in stores.  Actual stores.  Not the kind of stores that sell avocado oil.

Sarah's Lotion Bars made with semi-normal shit
  • One part Beeswax (you can buy it online, but I found a local source for $9 cheaper per pound.  Look around!)
  • One part Almond Oil (I also saw Almond oil at the grocery store Sunday morning.  Spectrum brand) 
  • One part Coconut Oil (if this is in my podunk town, your stores probably have it too)
In a large saucepan fitted with a double boiler, place the beeswax over medium heat.
Once it is completely melted, add the almond oil to the double boiler.

Allow the white swiggles to melt a bit.  Then, add the coconut oil.  Allow it to melt completely.
Remove the double boiler from the pan and put it on a towel; dry off any water that has accumulated on the bottom.  You don't want to mix oil and water.  Or didn't you get that memo? 

Pour the mixture in to your mold of choice.  I used a $6 silicone mold tray that I bought at JoAnn fabrics to push my balance over the $25 purchase to save $5.  They sure had my number.

This is about 5 minutes after I poured.  You can see how quickly they start "setting up"
I left the bars out at room temperature overnight.  They were super easy to pop out the next day.
I cook a lot.  Didn't you get that memo?  And with cooking mostly from scratch comes approximately 4,398 hours worth of dishes per week.  (I'm not good at math...let's call that an approximate.)  My hands are looking busted of late, and I've actually contemplated getting dishwashing gloves to prevent further knuckle crackage.

This lotion is a godsend.  It totally healed my hands after just a few applications.  I woke up on Saturday feeling like someone had rubbed tiny baby butts all over my mitts.  That didn't come out too well, did it? 

Another wonderful thing about this lotion is that it has pretty much healed a few little patches of eczema that Jack has had near his mouth lately.  I made these bars on Friday, applied a little on Jack before bed that night, and again on Saturday, and it's nearly gonzo.

It smells so clean and natural, it works amazing, and better yet, it didn't require any avocados getting milked.

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  1. Yay, thanks Sarah. Are you using 1 part each by volume or weight?

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  2. KEQ, I went by "eyesight". There was absolutely no exact measuring. LOL.

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    1. my daughter in-law gave me a small bar if this and i absolutely love it. i put on hands just before bed. i am 56 and it made my hands look 20 years younger and sooooo soft.in just few nights using it. . i now applying to elbows and heel of my feet.. i almost gone so she sent me this page so i off on w/e to buy all the stuff i need. plan on making lot to give to friends as i no they will love it also.... thanks so much :)

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    2. Where can u purchase beeswax

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  3. I make these also (with whatever ingredients I have laying around), but pour them into empty deodorant containers. That way, my 3 year old son can apply it himself. It's fun for him and helps me keep his eczema at bay. Thanks for posting your idea! The star mold is cute :-)

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    1. what a neat idea to use the empty deodorant containers..

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    2. I know, that is ingenious. I just happen to have an empty deodorant container on hand. I can't wait to fill it up. Thanks for the tip.

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    3. I love this comentary, I hope the lotion bars work as well. Thks

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    4. Can you clarify "one part"? Exactly how much per item? Thanks

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    5. One part would be if you use 1/4 cup of something, you'd use 1/4 cup of the other ingredients. It's basically using equal measurements.

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  4. I love the idea of empty deodorant container! Genius!

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  5. SO doing this with my son tday. Thanks!!

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  6. I made these and they are awesome! Where did you find the almond oil? I looked a few places that didn't have it and ended up at a health food store where it was REALLY expensive! I'm going to an Amish hardware store today to see if they carry it.

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    1. So glad to hear you liked them!

      I bought the almond oil that I used on Amazon, but my grocery store carries it as well. It's usually in the section of the grocery store where the healthier foods are (if your store has that section). If they don't have that section, you'll find it closer to the olive oils than you will say vegetable oil. The brand my store carries is Spectrum.

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    2. Almond oil should either be with spices or with oil... check around, it could be hiding. I get it at some farmer's market-type stores here in AZ.

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  7. I have children that are allergic to nuts. Could I replace the almond oil for some other oil? Thanks Gina

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    1. Gina absolutely! You're looking for an oil that would provide lots of moisture. Avocado oil, or cocoa butter might work well. Wait, is cocoa butter from a nut?

      Jojoba oil could work as well. Do you have a Trader Joes nearby? That is hands down the cheapest place I've seen jojoba oil.

      Additionally, grapeseed oil (which I wouldn't eat, but is great for external stuff) or olive oil would be lovely!

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    2. or shea butter!

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    3. Grapeseed oil is just fine for eating! It has a high smoke point and no flavor, which makes it great for frying.

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    4. i make these exact bars and use grapeseed oil - i love it... very calming for my sensitive skin.

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  8. I made these for my daughter's wedding favors, they were a hit! We used grapeseed oil instead of the almond oil. So easy and yet so beneficial!
    Sandi

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    1. That is awesome! I've heard great things about grapeseed oil, but used what I had on hand (almond oil). So glad that they were well received. Thanks so much for letting me know - you made my day!

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    2. Actually, grapeseed oil is even healthier than olive oil. It has a higher flash point and is great for frying. It is such a light oil that our chicken fried steak isn't nearly as greasy as when cooked with others oils, such as vegetable oil or Crisco. I hope you'll give it a try!
      I plan on making lotion bars for gifts this Christmas. Thanks for the idea!

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  9. Do you sell these, or maybe a trial size of these? I'd be interested in trying some out before making my own batch.

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    1. Nope, the idea hadn't even crossed my mind. I know Burts Bees sells something similar and you could probably try that out prior to making any.

      If it makes you feel confident in these, I know everyone I gifted them too loved them. My boss even texted me over the Christmas break to say how much she loved them!

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  10. I've made these but with shea butter in place of the almond butter. I might try it next time with either almond oil or grapeseed oil. They work great!

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  11. I found your blog via the eucalyptus discs, and and still reading! Your tips and recipes are changing my life! I have spent the last two hours making shower discs (I made some with lavender oil and some almond oil to use as a relaxing and moisturizing bath fizz, and some with grapefruit oil for a morning pick-me-up shower disc), hand soap, lotion bars, and I have so many more plans to make things. I'll never buy a gift in the near future...everyone I know will LOVE the things on your blog. Keep it up!

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    1. Awww, that's so nice of you! I'm so glad that you've found some useful things on my blog!

      I have some fun ideas for other gifts coming up, so stay tuned.

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    2. Me again! I'm still making these and tweaking and using different oils because friends and co-workers can't get enough! I've slowly been building up my collection of essential oils, and plenty of people have told me they'd BUY these from me. I also started experimenting with making colored ones, by dropping bits of broken crayon into the double boiler. Awesome, and doesn't stain your skin! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this amazing idea. And I still love your whole blog :)

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  12. Approx how much do you need of each? "One part" of each kind of confuses me... :-/

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    1. One part each is just equal parts of all ingredients. Example: you would use one cup of almond oil, one cup of beeswax, and one cup of coconut oil.

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    2. Yep, ^ that is exactly right!

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    3. I have an allergy to coconut is there a substitute?

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    4. the basic idea is one part liquid oil, one part solid at room temperature oil and one part bees wax. lots of substitutions are available. shea butter or coco butter are great in place of coconut oil. :)

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  13. I love the hippy shit page. I may or may not have made 4 of these this weekend already. However, I would like to mention that I have found lately that the best place to get beeswax is the thrift store. After all, they always have 100% beeswax candles lying around from little old ladies for pretty much no money at all. Also, I found that most middle eastern/asian stores have large bottles of the oils for much less than anywhere else - especially almond oil since it is used in a number of middle eastern dishes.

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    1. Such a great tip about thrift stores!!! Darn it all the to heck - I just went to the Asian general store yesterday to stock up and didn't see this comment in time. I'll have to check them out next time I'm out of noodles.

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  14. O.K. I want to ask something that just might be a dumb question but is the oil liquid or solid. I have some coconut oil that is solid and was wondering if that would work cause I sure need to do something with it. I have seen the liquid one in the grocery part and was just wondering which I am to use. Thanks

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    1. The coconut oil is solid at temps below 76 degrees. When it gets warmer, it gets "mushier". Natural coconut oil shouldn't be liquid; not sure what they added to the stuff you saw to make it like that. Go for the one in the screw top tub!

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    2. I work at a grocery store. Our trucks are the loaded the day before and sit out over night. During the summer, when it comes in the coconut oil is liquid and does take a while to set back.

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  15. Very cool idea. I might have to guy a double boiler. Hubby has very sensitive skin, this sounds like it might be winner for him.
    Found you through pinterest, where I have no idea what I'm doing. I hearted this, so hopefully that means I'll be able to find it again? I also left you a comment.
    Love to blog, do that alot, enjoying meeting and chatting with other bloggers as well, so this was a bonus!
    Welcome mats always out at any of my blogs, hope to see you soon.

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    1. I wish I could give you tips on Pintrest, but I have zero clue how it works, but I hope you can find me again!!

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    2. Hi ,Just pin your interests to your site . Good ideas on pinterest .You can look at them whenever you please , double click on recipes...enjoy. Will try your bars & blog sounds great !

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    3. Instead of buying a double boiler just place a heatproof bowl (I use a stainless steel one) over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure the water isn't touching the bowl. :)

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    4. Great idea for using a stainless steel bowl - will try that!

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    5. I use a Pyrex bowl because it's clear and I can keep an eye on the water level in the pan. I used to have a double boiler, but I never used it. This method works great and you don't need to spend the money or take up extra space in the cupboards.

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    6. *facepalm* Thank you! I constantly have my pot too full or not full enough when I put my stainless bowls on top. It has never crossed my mind to use my PYREX bowl!

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  16. One part measurement = how much?

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    1. Example: 1/4 cup of beeswax, then 1/4 cup of everything else. It all depends on how big your storage containers are, how much you want to make, etc.

      If you were to do 1 cup of beeswax, then you do 1 cup of everything else.

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  17. This may sound silly but all I've seen are comments about using it on your hands or face... Can it be used all over or does it leave too much of a residue ??


    -Sarah

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  18. I just tried making this and halfway through realized....is it 1 part beeswax melted, shredded, or pearled? Guess we'll see if what I eyeballed turns out or not. Thanks

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    1. I eyeball about 98% of my recipes, so I'm sure you're ok! Let me know how yours turned out.

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  19. Cute lotion bars. I have also made them with 1 part sunflower oil (from grocery store) and 1 part beeswax.

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  20. Just made my first batch... so excited! THEN came the huge mess I made trying to wash the leftover out of the double boiler. All I've managed to do it coat the sink with the stuff. Any tricks clean up??

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    1. Hmmm, my double boiler doesn't really have anything left in it to make a mess. If you hadn't already cleaned it up, I'd say to heat it again, and then pour off any excess wax on there?

      Is your double boiler coated? I think mine is, so maybe that is why nothing is leftover?

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    2. try crockpot liners in the top of the double boiler...if you can't find them, then perhaps turkey roasting bags...

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    3. Fantastic tip! I finally found beeswax today and was planning on making these, but I wanted to read the comments first. Sure glad I did! I'll pick up some turkey roasting bags for easy clean up. Genius!

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    4. Just pour in boiling water and swish it around and dump it quick.

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    5. Maybe let it cool in the double boiler and then scrape the majority out in the trash so it doesn't coat your pipes?

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    6. scrub with lots of dry baking soda. I make stuff like this all the time.

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    7. I use a 2 cup glass measuring cup in a pan a water to melt everything. When I finish, I take the measuring cup to with me to use after my shower, scraping out what's left, not wanting to waste any of it! Then use hot soapy water to wash it out.

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    8. Would it be ok to use the crock pot liners or turkey roasting bag liners if you are just using the bowl and pot method? I don't have a double boiler. I love cooking/baking/etc but I hate cleaning up!

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  21. I do my lotions in mason jars in a pot w/water ( waterline below the top of jar obviously, usually 1/2 way up). I use the same pot to do lotions & stuff but if its too hard to clean out of the mason jar, heat it back up to a liquid, if not pitch the jar and u r done. Works great for me. I can alot so we always have jars around...

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    1. i think you could also use a dedicated "crock pot" to melt everything together. They sell the little ones for under $10. These are super cute cant wait to try them.

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  22. If I am finding them too 'tacky' and not absorbing into the skin, what did I do wrong? Thank you for any advice!

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    1. My guess would be a bit too much oil. These things are so forgiving, so throw them back in the double broiler, and add a bit more beeswax to "dry" them out.

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  23. Do you know how long of a shelf life these may have???

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    1. I'm still using mine that I have leftover from Christmas, so at least 7.5 months!

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  24. I just saw this, and it's great, but I'm allergic to coconut, so what would be a good alternative to the coconut oil?

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    1. Coconut oil is hard until about 76 degrees, so that plus the beeswax gives these bars their hardness. You could try another oil (olive, etc.), coco butter, or maybe shea butter, but I don't know if they will be as hard.

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    2. I used beeswax, Coco butter & sweet almond oil in my lotion bars, last year (what I had on hand) and they turned out perfectly!

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  25. I was wondering about using eucalyptus oil and/or vitamin E oil with the beeswax? I also could only find sweet almond oil, will it be the same?

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    1. I used grapefruit essential oil and vitamin E for my last batch and it did great.

      I think the sweet almond oil should be fine!

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    2. I was wondering about tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil also (to help heal eczema and/or ward off insects!). Any thoughts (just a few drops maybe????)?

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  26. You totally need a pinterest page! I've pinned a few of your things, you have a great blog!!!! I can't wait to make these and the lip balm for Christmas gifts!

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    1. I have one that I started about a month ago.

      Here you go: http://pinterest.com/frugalbychoice/

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  27. I did this and mine came out with a nasty sour smell to them, how can I fix that? Could I add a few drops of vanilla extract or a scented oil. And once they are melted and hardened up can they be remelted? Thanks for your help.

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    1. A sour smell? I have no idea why that would happen unless you were maybe using funky oil? Yes, they can be remelted.

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    2. Yeah it is a foul sour type smell, I used almond oil, organic coconut oil because that's all they had and yellow beeswax equal parts of each, I didn't think that they would smell because nothing that I used really had a smell but there it was.....I am going to pick up some scented aromatherapy oil and add that and see how it turns out I will let you know if it smells better or gets worse....Thanks for your help.

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    3. I'm completely stumped! I've made multiple batches of these, and mine just smell like warm beeswax. Was your beeswax local, or from a hobby type store (like Michaels, etc.)? I wonder if something was either up with your beeswax or if the almond oil had gone funky. Coconut oil probably isn't the culprit.

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  28. Sorry if this is a silly question, but how are these lotion if they are hard? Do they melt as you rub them on your skin? Xx

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    1. As you warm them up by rubbing them between your hands, they'll give off a little bit of the lotion. You can then rub that in to your hands.

      In recent batches, I've added a bit of olive oil a well and that makes it easier to spread, but it also makes it a bit greasier and it takes longer to absorb.

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  29. Ok. Dumb question. How do you store these between uses? I obviously can't just throw one of these lovely little bars into my purse unless it's in something.

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    1. I bought a pack of tiny Ziploc bags from Joanns (fabric store), and use that to keep these in my purse. They were also great for wrapping them for Christmas presents, and I used them to give away lavender and smoked salt for the holidays.

      They're the little bags that you would think of when you think of "drug dealer Ziplocs". HA!

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  30. can u micro wave this ?

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    1. I haven't, but go ahead and try it! Maybe with just a small amount of ingredients first.

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    2. Specifically states on the beeswax I bought NOT to put in microwave. Check the package.

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  31. Just made a batch of these and poured them into sea creature shaped cookie cutters for my sister-in-law's baby shower. I made them as the favor gifts for those who attend. Turned out so darn cute!! I used avacado oil because it was on sale (cheap). And, to give me better control over pouring, I poured the mix into a glass measuring cup. Microwaved the near empty cup to make sure I was able to make use of ALL the mix. Seemed to work great.

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    1. Those sound super cute! I hope everyone liked them as favors.

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  32. Oh, and I almost forgot, a good container for lotion bars is a metal tin. This is how I see them sold most often.

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  33. I've seen them wrapped in waxed paper ( cut with pinking shears) and then in a metal tin in stores. I'm so glad I know how to make these now, Thanks for sharing!

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  34. So perfect ! I'm going, if you permit me, to translate your receipe, and share it with the french public ! Of course I will give your link and talk about you... let me know if you agree... MJ

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  35. So I came across your blog today via pintrest (the vick shower discs) and I am utterly in love! You just crack me up and I love all the neat things you do! I am so glad I found you!! Lol. Ok, creepy stalker talk over!

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    1. Creepy stalkers are my favorite! ;-D Glad you found me, and I hope you stick around!

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  36. couldn't wait to try these! we just harvested our first honey from our bees, so I got to use some of our beeswax! I had some great olive oil from a ranch about 5 miles from my place and a local store brand organic coconut oil. I put in a couple of drops tea tree oil and a little bit of calendula oil. did a small batch in a coffee cup placed in a small saucepan of water because i didn't want to scape wax out of mt dbl boiler. i'll just use that same cup each time. getting lazy in my old age. thanks for sharing, love these!

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    1. How cool that you get to use wax from your own bees!!!

      I've tried olive oil in another batch of these, and it works great, but does make the bars a little bit more oily.

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  37. Hi I was wondering where you normally buy the bees wax and if the stuff for making candles would be o.k. for this

    Thank you

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    1. We love a local bee shop in this neck of the woods, and I get it there. If you click on the "beeswax" up in my original post, there is a hyperlink that will take you to Amazon to buy stuff I've used in the past.

      For full disclosure, I'm an Amazon Affiliate which means I earn a small percentage if you order through this site. I only recommend things that I myself use.

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  38. Funny! Actually, I only have about 3,826 hours worth of dishes every week! (Again, I'm guesstimating!)

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  39. Oh I am going to have to try this!!!!! I was thinking as I read all the comments that empty glue sticks, especially the bigger ones would be a great container for on the go!

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  40. Is the Almond Oil in solid or liquid form? Thanks! Love your blog!
    jane

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  41. found this post on pinterest. i'm looking for christmas gifts i can start making. i started out with liquid hand soap and then i fell upon your easy lotion bars. thank you! i cant wait to try this! i just became your newest follower!

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  42. What a great idea! This looks like something anyone could do at home!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Christina
    www.lipbalmwrangler.com

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  43. I dont have a double boiler. Can I use a pot and heavy glass bowl? Or something like that?

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    1. You can, but make sure you're melting slowly on a low heat.

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  44. I have made my own lip balm twice now and a batch of salve. I was looking for tips on clean up and found this idea. Use baking soda to clean up with. Just rub the surface or container with the left over oil and waxes on it and the baking soda absorbs the mess. Toss the soda out and wash up as normal. I used this on a pyrex measuring cup that I had used as my double boiler and it worked perfectly.

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  45. About how much beeswax did you use for one batch? I can buy it in 1 lb blocks, but I don't want to melt the whole thing if it's going to make 462 little lotion bars.

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    1. I also get them in 1 lb blocks, and the picture above shows about 1/5th of the block.

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  46. Saw your recipe on Pinterest too! Can't wait to try! Thanks for all the hints and tips!

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  47. I saw this on Pintrest also. I am SO going to try this one out as it's nice and simple :) Thanks for sharing

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  48. I know this is a stupid question, but is candle wax you buy in blocks the same as beeswax. I have some left over from making candles and would like to use it up.

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  49. Since I didn't have the almond oil, I tried subbing grapeseed oil. Read somewhere (maybe in a comment here?) that it would work, and I had a 3.5 oz bottle that was just taking up space. Added some grapefruit and tea tree oils (2:1 ratio, since tea tree is so strong) to the mix. They are poured up into plastic racecar Jello Jigglers molds that I forgot I had. Hoping the resulting bars pop out OK. If the break, I can remelt and pour 'em into something else. Thanks for the recipe!

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  50. I have been working on an old chicken coop to prepare for chickens coming. Lots of cleaning and some re-construction. I have washed my hands so many times and working with the wood and tools is so drying. I really am going to give this a try, because I am hoping to eventually raise bees and this could be one of my uses for the wax. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Hi, ventured back to this post (found on Pinterest, and have been back everyday!) My daughter and I made these this past Monday. They are awesome. Its like a little mani/pedi when you rub into your cuticles! We used beeswax, coconut oil, and cocoa butter, one lb each and it made ALOT. We filled a silicone gingerbreadman shaped mold 3x! Thats like 68 little men! I also filled 12 1oz twist up containers to gift. Im using one of my little guys as a lip moisturizer also. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. The gingerbread men sound adorable! So glad you guys liked them! I just got some cocoa butter with my last Azure Standard order just for this purpose!

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  52. Is soy wax an equiv. to bees wax?

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    1. I haven't used it, so I can't know for sure.

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  53. What was the measurements (estimtaed) that you used to fill the cute silicon tray?

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    1. My guess is they're less than 2 oz each.

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  54. Hi,
    This might be a dumb question, but it looks like they come out of the mold hard, like a bar of soap, am I supossed to heat/melt each one as I use it?

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    1. Rub them all over your hands. The warmth from your hands will make them soft enough to "release" some of the lotion. It's exactly like rubbing a bar of soap on your hands.

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  55. I have a nut allergy, so can't use the almond oil. Do you think the avocado oil would work (I happen to have some on hand, due to my allergies to other nutty oils)? Or another oil you recommend? Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. Almond, avocado, shea butter, coconut butter should all work fine!

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  56. I tried using some beeswax candles that someone gave me and it took forever to melt them and they didn;t even melt all the way. They felt very waxy so I'm not sure if they were 100% BW. My concotion was chunky but I hope that It will fuse together nicely. I only made a small amount because I didn't want to waste the Coconut oil and almond oil

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  57. I'm sitting at home for the second day because of Hurricane Sandy. Since I have electricity I decided to work on Christmas presents. I made these this morning (already have lip balm and body scrub done). They turned out great. Though they're are still setting, I did try some and my hands feel great--soft, not greasy. I have been cleaning up water since yesterday afternoon, so my hands were feeling really dry. They feel great now. Thanks!

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  58. I had never made anything like this before today. But I found this on pinterest last night and HAD to give it a whirl! I found some molds at a local thrift store and the almond oil and beeswax at a health food store nearby. (already had the coconut oil) I am VERY impatiently waiting to be able to pop the little suckers out and try them!! I was motivated to this for my friend's birthday..she just moved and her hands took a wicked beating from all the boxes!! I SO hope this worked!!! Thank you for sharing!!! Making this kinda thing could become a new addiction!! Have you had any luck adding an essential oil to give it a different smell? (not that I don't like the way they smell..I'm just curious?)

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    1. You can add essential oils, just wait until the mixed oils have cooled a bit and then add; some essential oils will break down at high heats & you will lose the scent.

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  59. I had to redo them as i added too much oil by mistake. I reordered my coconut oil last week and it came. I got such an awesome deal 54oz for only $20. I had a $10 coupon so it was only $15 Shipped! I think I'm addicited to making these. If your intrested you can use the same $10 coupon using this link:

    https://www.vitacostrewards.com/ZfT7rDn

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  60. My boyfriend has had an on/off problem with eczema. What kind of oil and other ingredients can I add in these to help with that? (Thinking this would make kind of a thoughtful side Christmas present :p)

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    1. My MIL has had eczema her whole life. Touching cardboard makes her skin peel off.

      She started using these as is and they helped so much. I don't think you need to add any special oils to help him out.

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    2. Okay, great! Thanks :)

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  61. Sara,

    Can you tell me what the what the consistency is once you rub these on your hands? Mine isnt tacky but seem like a thick coat on my hands. after a while my hands are soft, but i was just curious.

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    1. April, it sounds like ours are very similar. Mine take a bit to rub in to my hands, but once it is rubbed in, my hands are very soft.

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  62. Oh hell yeah! Stuff I can buy in a shop I actually frequent, no silly searching high and low for all kinds of fancy cr@p and a recipe I can follow without consulting the science department of the nearest university. I love you. Think it'd go down well if I used my Halloween skull ice cube moulds for this? Seeing as I just found the perfect stocking fillers for all kinds of people, they should be grateful... right? *cough*
    Off to find some more easy recipes, you seem to be just my kinda gal!

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  63. question: have you ever tried to add a scent or fragrence to yours?? if not, do you think you could?

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  64. could soy wax be substituted for beeswax?

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    1. I've never used it, so I don't really know the answer!

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  65. Abour how many pounds of Beeswax makes one batch? (one of your pans?)

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    1. Hmmm, I would say I use a scant cup of (hard) beeswax (I eyeball it), so maybe 1/3-1/2 lb?

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  66. Hey sorry but can you confirm what weight of beeswax and coconut oil you would use per ml of almond oil? Im not familiar with cup.measurements (maybe it's a British thing?!) but I'd LOVE to make these- what an awesome post!

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    1. Oh goodness, I'm sorry but I'm not familiar enough with ML to give you a conversion for this. Honestly, I just eyeball it too.

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  67. I love this idea and really want to make some. My son seems to get eczema behind his ears and while I found a great all-natural lotion for it, making my own would be way cheaper. I love the idea of pouring the mixture into an old deodorant or glue stick container, but wouldn't the hot liquid affect the plastic? I'm trying to reduce the amount of plastic in my house so while reusing the containers is great, I don't want phthalates or anything to leech into the lotion bars. Any idea if that would happen?

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  68. I just made these with my kids and plan to give some as stocking stuffers. Well, maybe! I love them. Your recipe and directions were so easy to follow. Thank you so much. I did change and used grapeseed oil but only to cut the cost about $10. I just need to find somewhere to purchase more molds. I could only find one, its a gingerbread. Although it fits the occasion I would still like to make different ones for the rest of the seasons. Next batch I am going to try some essential oils just to spice things up a little. Even with all the oil it doesn't make my skin greasy and my daughter absolutely love them. I think this will be our new obssesion! Lol! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. i made mine in mini muffin tins- worked great

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  69. I've made these, but I used a microwave safe bowl and the microwave instead of a double boiler. I don't nuke it but for 15 seconds or so at a time. And just until melted and stir, stir, stir!

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  70. Made these yesterday and they worked great. I love the way they make my hands feel. They did not really have a smell so I re-melted them today and added some spearmint essential oil. Now they have just a hint of spearmint which is perfect. Thanks for a great idea! love it!

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  71. Thanks for sharing this, I love how easy and simple it is! :)

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  72. Hey Sarah I can not wait to make them but I was wondering if you add any scents? Do beeswax candles work the same as beeswax?!

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    1. I know others have, but I have not. Essential oils seem to be really drying on my sensitive skin.

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  73. I made these today turned out nice! However tried one and it sits on my skin also feels tacky and dry? Help!

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    1. Hi Michele, it sounds like your beeswax ratio to oil was a bit high. You might want to try remelting them, and adding a bit more oil. I've done that before and added a splash of olive oil and they turned out great.

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  75. I have made several batches of the lotion bars, and they have turned out great! I used a kitchen scale and measured 4 ounces of each ingredient. This worked well and was the perfect amount for the mold I used, which was the same one Sarah used. These are going to be wonderful gifts for friends!

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  76. My 1st attempt at making these, I poured it into plastic (not silcone) molds. I moved them around after they setup (maybe 15 min), they r cracking. Is it because I moved them around too soon? or do I need to get silcone molds? Thanks for any suggestion.

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    1. I've only used my silicone mold, so I can't speak to how they'd do it other molds. I know I moved mine a little after pouring them, and they didn't crack. I've found silicone molds at Goodwill for $1, so it might be worth the investment to try those.

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  77. First of all...thank you Sarah for the great recipe and for so patiently answering the same questions again and again. :)

    I have made these bars both with beeswax for myself and with a couple of different beeswax alternatives for my vegan girlfriend. We used Candelilla wax first but had to change it to half a part wax to 1 part of each oil because the wax is much harder. It worked out ok but wasnt nearly as nice as the soy wax which we did one part each just like with beeswax.

    The soy wax ones are almost identical to the beeswax ones! We also used the same recipe mixed with beet juice to make a tinted lip chap and it turned out great!

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  78. Thanks for the recipe. My wee one and I suffer from eczema. My mom got us a lotion bar like this a year ago and the seller hasn't come back around. I can't wait to make these.

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  79. Any replacement for the coconut oil? I'm severely allergic.

    Thanks!

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    1. I can't speak to how these will turn out, but you could try shea butter. I know if you're working with shea, it has to be melted for at least 20 minutes, or it will be very grainy.

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  80. Do you recall approximately how much of each ingredient you used to fill one set of the silicon molds. I just purchased the same mold at Joann's and want to try this out but am afraid of making too much

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    1. I'm so sorry, but I don't!

      The good news is that these can firm up very quickly, so if you make too much, keep it simmering on the stove until the bars are firm, and make another batch.

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  81. I love your blog! your sarcasm is a lot like mine. I made these for xmas presents this year and I had to steal one for myself. I didn't have almond oil so I used castor oil, glycerine, and a chunk of cocoa butter. enough to make up for the one part almond oil and it was lovely. Plus I added a few drops of peppermint oil and it smells like mint hot chocolate. thank you. oh and since I don't have little molds I just filled the bottoms of my silicone muffin cups. worked great.

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  82. I made some of these tonight, adding clove oil for a festive touch. They're destined to be little stocking fillers for my family at Christmas time. :)

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  83. I've been reading all posts & I don't have silicon molds....want to pour into mini muffin tins....worried about not being able to get them out once hardened. Has anyone used anything like this & did u have success? Please help asap, have to get these xmas gifts going!!!! AHHH :) MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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  84. anyone try making these in plastic soap molds??

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  85. My son has a severe tree nut allergy so the almond oils and coconut oils are a no-no for us! Can these be made with other oils? Both of my boys have eczema and i would love to make them something like this! thanks for any comments/help!

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    1. Sure! Jojoba or olive oil would work. I have no idea what kind of plant shea butter comes from, but you might want to try that. Shea butter has to be heated for 20 min at least or it becomes grainy.

      I'd up the beeswax a bit if you sub out oils.

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  86. OK. I just made these and they're awesome!!! And so easy! Cleanup wasn't so easy as I let the wax harden on the bowl before getting around to cleaning it, but lesson learned. I used coconut and jojoba oils and wasn't crazy about the smell of the jojoba. So for round 2 I added some Lavender oil which made them even more awesome! All ladies in my life are getting these in their stockings!! Thanks for the great idea! Caroline

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  87. I saw someone comment on your shower disc post how beeswax can be bad for your pipes. Would the minimal amount from washing be a problem if you were to make these often?

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    1. I'm not a plumber, but I wouldn't think so. One bar lasts me months, so the amount that is being transferred to your skin is negligible.

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    2. Sorry I should have specified. I meant washing the dishes after making them. I used a bowl and transferred to a measuring cup so I could have a spout to pour with.

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  88. I have never posted a comment ever on anything but couldn't hold back on this... I have been wanting to make "bath bombs" for Christmas presents and have struggled for the past month trying to find one ingredient, came across this on pinterest. I wanted to share my experience because this is SUPER EASY! And materials are SUPER EASY to find. My research for cheapest would be through amazon, but if you want to run out and get this RIGHT now, I found all I needed at Wally Mart. (I think everyone has one nearby in North America anyway...). I used coconut oil, sunflower oil, unscented beeswax candles. I did spice it up by picking up a few other things - fragrance oil from their candle dept (the stuff you put in those burner things), vitamin E oil from the pharamacy area and I also tried soap coloring from craft store (which didn't work). I'll have to try the crayons next time. I just popped some in the freezer to see if that would speed up the set up process. I know freezing candles will speed up the process as well as ease the mold extraction. I also wanted to double cheriths comment and thank you for posting this, as well as showing extreme patience by answering the same questions over and over again. You rock! I haven't had a chance to browse the rest of your blog, but I'm sure I'll be back again. Thanks so much for sharing this SUPER DUPER EASY GREAT PROJECT/gift idea! You're a lifesaver!

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  89. I made these tonight and didn't have a mold to put them in, but used the aluminum foil baking cups (like used for cupcakes). After they've completely set up, I'm going to put cellophane around them and tie at the top with a bow. Then they can be kept in the aluminum foil cup.

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  90. Could you use orange oil? Does such a thing exist? My bf needs something like this but hates regular lotion. He loves the smell of orange, and this would be perfect!!

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    1. I don't know if there is such thing as orange oil but can share what I've used. Most of the oils I have used have no fragrance, except the coconut oil/waxy stuff kind of has a little. I've used safflower, sunflower, almond, sweet almond, apricot [I found at health store as massage oil) and grapeseed. What I have added is an ounce of fragrance or even tried extracts and it does give it a scent. Extracts from grocery store, McCormick has everything - peppermint, orange, strawberry, rootbeer, etc. I just add it with a little bit of sweet almond oil (which I found at ACMoore in a two oz btl) mix it the extract/fragrance with the almond oil and then add it as a last step when it is not on heat. I've used this same recipe and gave it as lip balms when using an extract. Today I am trying Duncan Hines frosting creations flavor mix (found in grocery store with frosting). I'm mixing the flavor with a tablespoon of oil and adding in last step. We'll see how it goes. It is also adding color to the lip balm. I feel like a scientist! LOL! Merry Christmas!

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    2. Yep, orange oil does exist. I have sweet orange oil in my bathroom closet right now.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019LPL8A?ie=UTF8&tag=thisb02-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0019LPL8A

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  91. I just made these lotion bars by smacking off a piece of the beeswax from the brick and using that as my guide to measure the other oils. So, 2.8 oz of beeswax, macadamia nut oil and coconut oil. I popped one out after about 30 min and oh baby are they nice.
    I have hot hands all the time so I will have to be careful to use them more quickly at one go. Next time I think I may try Argan oil they say it is good for the skin and hair.

    Fantastic recipe Sarah, my entire family will want some.

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    1. Enjoy! The macadamia nut oil sounds luxurious!!

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  92. I make lip blam using coconut oil, beeswax, grapeseed oil and sweet orange essential oil.... I purchased tubes online but I've seen people use the small Altoid containers too. I also use it to rub on cuticles to soften and works great for that too :) sometimes those silicone molds are pricey but always check the day after any holiday as they're usually at least half price for the holiday related ones if your local thrift store doesn't have any.

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  93. I am going downstairs and make these now. Thanks

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  94. My cousin is always sending me links to amazing sites, that make homemaking simpler. This is no exception, I love the idea of making my own soaps and lotions. Plus it makes it so much nicer for holidays and birthdays to give handmade gifts! thank you so much for the ideas!

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  95. Wonderful idea...and hope that lotion bar will work!

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  96. These are amazing!! I make them, but I get the solo condiment cups with lids at the local restaurant supply so you can put the lid on them and throw them back in your purse or pocket!

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  97. Me, dancing around the house singing "I just made lotion bars, I just made lotion bars." Total joy

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  98. Any ideas on how to make this a tinted facial lotion? Excited to try this.

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  99. I made these last night (grapeseed oil instead of almond) & handed them out to my knitting group. Boy was I popular! I made a second batch just for myself & used lanolin instead coconut oil. It's really nice! I also added extract to a few to experiment. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe!!

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  100. Thank you for teaching me how to make these Sarah! I love them. I just blogged about it on my own blog, of course crediting you and linking to this.
    I WAS thinking about adding a pretty scented essential oil to it, but the beeswax itself smells so amazing that I'm not even going to bother!

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  101. Ok....I have a silly question.....Once you have made these lotion bars, how exactly do you apply them? They are solid, not a cream, right?

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    1. Just rub them between your hands like you would a bar of soap. As your hands warm the wax, the bar will "release" a bit of the product. You can then rub it in to your skin.

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  102. Thanks for the recipe. Just made them as V-Day gifts for teachers in heart shape mold. I think next time I will add some essential oils to make them smell nice. I didn't have any issues cleaning double boiler, just poured the boiling water I used into the bowl and poured it out along with the little bit of oils and such that were left over in the bowl.

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  103. So sorry if this is a repeat question. Somewhere around here I have a block of paraffin wax.I've had it for years as I used to have a warmer to dip py hands in.do you think I could use use that was instead of beeswax?

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    1. I honestly don't know if it is the same, but since you aren't using the wax now, and haven't for a while, give it a shot and see what happens! ;-D

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  104. Hi Sarah. I found a 2 pound block of beeswax for$10.50 at the local farmer's market. I made the bars with the beeswax, coconut oil and olive oil. Wow! They are awesome! My hands are so soft! My daughter also uses them as chapstick. For my lips I just melted coconut oil into tiny containers but I believe I will be making your recipe for chapstick too. Thank you for a lovely natural skin treat!

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  105. I have a really dumb question. What do you use a 'lotion' bar for? Can it be used in the shower, or is it just to apply lotion like you would deodorant?

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    1. I wouldn't use it in the shower.

      You simply rub it on your (dry) skin like you would a bar of soap. The heat from your skin warms the bar and a little bit of the lotion will be transferred to your skin. You can rub it in after that.

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