Winter air can cause dry, cracked skin. As you have probably already noticed, everything else is dry as well: hair, lips and eyes suffer too. Time for some heavy duty moisturizing! However, most traditional lotions sold at the store, even some “organic” brands, contain extremely unhealthy ingredients. Parabens, petrolatum and sulfates can rear their ugly, harmful heads in unexpected places and while they may calm your dry skin temporarily, they can cause illness and even cancer when used long-term. Time to stop doing damage and treat your skin the natural, healthy way with these homemade lotion bars.
Using natural ingredients (sans artificial gunk) you can regain the lost moisture in your skin. Using 1 part solid oil, one part liquid oil and one part beeswax, these bars contain thick conditioners that are proven to moisturize as well as brand name lotions. This recipe can be found at beingfrugal.blogspot.com and can be varied to fit your needs or lifestyle. You can find beeswax online or, as one reader recommended, buy old candles made of beeswax and simply melt them down!
Homemade lotion bars
What you will need:
One part each (ex. 1 cup ea.)
- Almond oil (olive and grapeseed oil work as well)
- Coconut oil (shea butter or cocoa butter work as well)
In a double broiler place beeswax over medium heat and melt completely. Add almond oil. Allow oil to melt a little bit then add coconut oil and melt it completely. Once all ingredients are completely melted, remove double broiler from heat and pour into your mold of choice (Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and JoAnn’s all have silicone molds). Allow to harden overnight then pop out of the mold when ready to use. Simply rub the bar over your dry spots or lather in your hands then rub over dry spots.