There have been so many requests for a lotion bar tutorial so I hopped into the soap lab and busted out a twist on the traditional Lotion Bar Kit found at Bramble Berry. It’s made with fun colors, a fruity fragrance and skin loving ingredients. Time to soften up those hands as the nice weather starts to roll in.
2 oz Beeswax
8 oz Sweet Almond Oil
5 oz Shea Butter
3 oz Cocoa Butter
1 oz Green Tea Extract
.25 oz Summer Fling Fragrance Oil
Large heat safe container
3 small heat safe containers (or mugs)
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ONE: Melt the beeswax in the microwave for two minutes total, stirring after each minute (this is what happens if you leave in in the microwave too long- read the blog post here). When the beeswax is slightly melted add the Sweet Almond Oil. Give it a little mix and pop it back in the microwave for another 3 minutes total, stirring after each minute until the mixture is a liquid.
TWO: Then stir in the Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Fragrance Oil (Summer Fling) and Green Tea Extract. Mix for 2-3 minutes until all of the butters have melted from the heat of the oil (this helps to prevent the shea butter and cocoa butter from going grainy). If you need to pop it back in the microwave to melt all of the butters go for it, 30 seconds will do the trick.
Tip: Skin loving extracts will add a luxurious touch to any lotion bar recipe. Just make sure that you’re using an oil soluble extract. Water soluble extracts will not mix in.
THREE: The goal is to evenly divide the batch into 3 separate containers so we can add our colorants. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into a small heat safe mug or container and cover the larger container with plastic wrap to keep the rest warm. Then mix in 1 mini scoop of Lip Safe Yellow Mica. Mix well. If the mixture starts to thicken up on you, you can pop it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to soften it back up again.
Hint: I estimated my measurements but feel free to weigh out the three small batches for the sake of consistency.
FOUR: Once your color is fully mixed in, fill up all of the push tubes 1/3 of the way leaving room for two more colored layers.
Tip: To speed up the process of this project, put the push tubs in the fridge while you prepare your other colored lotion layers.
FIVE: Pour half of the remaining mixture into another small container and add 1 mini scoop of the Cellini Blue Mica. Mix well. Again, if the mixture starts to thicken up on you, pop it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
Notice on the left the mixture is thickening. Pop it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to fully stir in the color. Doesn’t the blue make a beautiful green color when mixed with the yellowish oils? Love it!
SIX: Just like the basics of melt and pour soapmaking, we don’t want to pour the second layer too hot and melt the first layer. Make sure the mixture has cooled to at least 125 degrees before pouring the green layer on top of the yellow layer.
SEVEN: Repeat steps 4 using the remaining mixture adding 2 scoops of the Red Blue Mica. Mix well, cool to 125 degrees and pour the final layer. Let them cool completely.
Hint: I had about 5 ounces of the Lotion Bar mixture left over so I thought it would be fun to make a couple lotion bars in actual molds. You can fill up 2 Oops Molds or 3-4 more Push Tubes with the remaining mixture. It’s all up to your creativity. Have fun making it your own!
Other SQ Tips: This recipe differs slightly than the recipe that comes in the Bramble Berry Lotion Bar Kit. It has a softer texture and the obvious addition of the colorants, green tea extract and summer fling fragrance oil. I encourage you to customize this recipe any way that you want. If you want your bar to be a little bit harder try adding 10% more beeswax. Or if you want a less “greasy” feeling, 1 tablespoon of Tapioca Starch will do the trick. Tapioca Starch is velvety smooth and imparts a soft after-feel to the skin. Oh, and remember to go easy on the colorants. We don’t want anyone turning yellow, green or pink after using your lotion bar (grin). Stick with my colorant recommendations and you’ll be safe.