My Michaels Makers post for this month is Homemade Lotion Bars for Mother’s Day. Probably most mother’s love natural ingredients and something handmade. So, why not combine the two? Body bars really can help with dry skin. I’m one of those moms who love lotions and natural products. Of course, these could be made for grandma, school teachers, neighbors, etc. I’ve made two versions of lotion bars – one is very simple (heart shaped bar) the other is a “cupcake” lotion bar that just takes a few more steps.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in the USA (and also other countries) on the second Sunday in May. It’s a great day to show respect to my mom who showed such devotion in raising me!
Recipe for Homemade Lotion Bars for Mother’s Day:
Essential oils – I used Lavender
Icing Bag and tip
Silicone Mold – I used a heart shape and a teacup both purchased at Michaels
This is the recipe I used for this exact one shown in the images. I would not use this recipe in a warm climate or during the summer months. See recipe at bottom of post for more of a solid lotion bar.
- 12 oz shea butter
- 4 oz coconut oil
- 15-20 drops essential oil
Use a double boiler and place the butter and oil in the saucepan. Make sure you have water in the bottom of the double boiler – not in the saucepan you will be using. Turn on your cook top, place your ingredients (except essential oils) in the double boiler and heat until the oils are melted. It shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes. Remove from heat, add essential oils.
Pour the liquid into silicone molds of your choice. To hurry along the process place the molds in the fridge or freezer.
I saved about 1/3 of the mixture and let it solidify just a bit and then I placed in a mixing bowl in my Kitchenaid. I added a few drops of coloring and then beat. Beat the mixture until it looks like frosting. Forgot to take a picture.
This is what the mixture looks like after being beaten in the Kitchenaid and placed in an icing bag. Make sure to place a tip in the bag.
Place a dollop of the “lotion frosting” in the middle of the cup. This will help support the frosting that you will place on top. Sorry I don’t have a picture of this. It’s just like icing a cupcake.
Here’s the finished product. I added a few gold confetti to make it a bit whimsical. The recipe I used had no beeswax for it’s nice to have a container for the “lotion”. This will not hold it’s shape once you start using it. Just dip your fingers into the icing and use as a lotion.
Michaels has some beautiful jewelry plates that could be used as a base for a lotion bar.
I used my silicon heart mold for this lotion bar. Again, it doesn’t hold it’s shape to well so this will be for dipping your fingers into to put lotion on.
If you would like it to hold the shape better, check below for a recipe using beeswax.
The following recipe I’ve used before I just didn’t have beeswax on hand for the version I made today. If you live in a warm climate, make sure to use a recipe that has beeswax in it. It will hold the shape better and won’t be as soft.
- 1 cup shea butter
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup beeswax
- 15-20 drops of essential oil – your flavoring choice
Use a double boiler and place the butter, oil and wax in the saucepan. Make sure if you have water in the bottom of the double boiler – not in the saucepan you will be using. Turn on your cooktop, place your ingredients (except essential oils) in the double boiler and heat until the oils are melted. It shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes. Remove from heat, add essential oils. Pour the liquid into silicone molds of your choice. To hurry along the process place the molds in the fridge or freezer. The beeswax helps hold the shape better especially if you live in a warmer climate.
- Check out Michaels for everything you need to craft the perfect handmade gift that will make Mom a happy gal on Mother’s day.
- If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!
As always, you get to check out my friends Mother’s Day challenge and see what they are up to: