Friday, August 2, 2013

Hard Lotion Bars and a New Batch Of Soap

A quick post on making your own lotion bars.
Especially great for feet.
Gather supplies
  1/2 cup bees wax
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup shea butter

Heat beeswax, cocoa butter and grape seed oil in microwave until completely melted.  Remove from microwave and add shea butter.   Stir until completely melted.  At this point you can add essential oils or fragrance oils.  I usually add about 2 TBSP.

Pour into containers, molds, or anything you have on hand.  I have used cupcake liners, Ikea ice cube molds or just ice cube trays.

Let harden and enjoy soft feet, a nice massage, or just all over body moisture!  It's a pretty versatile lotion.

Another project on the go is Castile Soap.  I wanted to make a few batches for Christmas.  The longer this soap cures, the harder it becomes!  Hard is good!  It will last longer.

For complete instructions on making your own Castile Soap, 

Lye and oil  are cooled to 110 degrees

Always practice SAFE SOAP MAKING!!!

2 ounces of EO or fragrance oil per batch.  For this batch I used 1 ounce of Cucumber,  3/4 ounce of Mint and 1/4 ounce of Eucalyptus.

Soap reaching trace stage.

An addition of poppy seeds for scrubbing bars.

A long curing time makes for good soap!  This will cure for about four months.

Happy lathering.

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  1. I've always wanted to make my own soap, but have been really lazy about it. Just hoping one of my relatives picks up on it and passes me some in a gift basket for Christmas lol. We made our own sugar scrubs last year, which I really enjoy more than store bought, so this really is on my must make list.

  2. I have never made soap, but yours looks great and I bet it smells good to! If I ever try it, I'm using your instructions!

  3. I have enjoyed handmade soaps and lotions as gifts. Yours look absolutely wonderful! Those poppy seeds would make a great scrub...such adorable little bars!

    Have a blessed weekend :)


  4. I'd love to make these as Christmas gifts - thanks SO much for sharing!!!
    Pinning now!

  5. Now that looks interesting. I've made soap but never the lotion bars. Thanks for sharing.

  6. The lotion bars are an amazing idea. I always need moisterizer!

  7. I so badly wnt o do this but I'm scared of the caustic soda, please tell me I'm being dumb!

    1. I love your soaps, Im so glad you linked them with me, thank you xo

  8. I really want to make my own soaps, yours look so beautiful! I love those poppy seeds :)
    They would make perfect gifts, thanks for sharing!

  9. Love that! You are such a pioneer woman. Love that too,
    Deb @ Lake Girl Paints

  10. This is a great recipe! I've made soap before but I've never added poppyseeds.

    Also, I'm glad you like my Brazilian limeade..I see you pinned it! However, would you please remove the recipe from the description? This will keep people from stopping by my blog and it does violate my copyright.

    Have a wonderful are definitely a wonderful Pioneer Woman! :D

  11. I've never made soap, but yours looks fabulous! I often buy handmade soaps, but it would be so awesome to make them myself. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm happily following you back.

  12. I am lucky to have a neighbor who makes soap. have already put in my order for Christmas gifts as she sells out fast. I will pass on the foot scrub recipe.

  13. I am going to make both of these products! You have totally inspired me. Where do you buy your supplies? Do you get them online?

  14. Can I buy this awesome soap online!
    Love your niece Megan xoxoxoxoxo


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