Lotion Bar Ingredient Summary
Wax - Needed to harden the lotion bar
- Beeswax - The standard for lotion bars. Beeswax provides a protective barrier on the skin, locking in moisture with a melting point of about 144°-147°F.
- Candelilla Wax - A natural non-animal based wax with a melting point of about 155°-162°F.
- Carnauba Wax - A natural non-animal based wax with a melting point of about 180°–187°F.
Butters - Used to add protective barriers to skin and add emolliency to lotion bars
- Cocoa Butter - thought to reduce skin dryness and improve elasticity.
- Shea Butter - high in vitamin and mineral content, which is thought to benefit dry skin.
- Mango Butter - thought to exhibit excellent moisturizing properties while countering the drying effects of bar soaps and cleansers.
Oils - Offer different results depending on their properties.
- Lighter base oils for a more absorbing lotion bar.
- Sunflower Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil
- Medium oils
- Heavier oils for a heavy lotion bar.
- Olive Oil
- Avocado Oil
Other Add-ins - Only add oil-soluble products as water-based products will separate out of the bar.
- Fragrance - You can use both fragrance oils and essential oils. The typical usage rate for both is about 2% of the total lotion bar recipe but double check IFRA guidelines to make sure you comply.
- Vitamin E - Vitamin E T-50 is an excellent antioxidant for products containing oils. It will help prevent oils from turning brown and going rancid. The usage rate for Vitamin E is 1%.
- Colorants - You can add color to your lotion bars by using an oil-based colorant such as Oil Locking Mica.
Lotion Bar Formulation
Liquid Oil - 1 Part
Butter - 1 Part
Wax - 1 Part
Fragrance - 2% of total above
Lotion Bar Directions
1. Melt the wax and butter in the microwave or in a double boiler
2. Once melted, add the liquid oil and any additives
3. Pour into tubes or cavity molds
4. If cavity molds were used, unmold and enjoy!