Make it: Lotion Bars

What’s a lotion bar? It’s lotion, but in a molded shape, that melts on contact with your skin.

Ingredients:

1 ounce beeswax
1 ounce cocoa butter
1 ounce coconut oil
1 ounce Shea butter
1 teaspoon essential oil (vanilla and peppermint)

Directions: Melt beeswax first (takes the longest). Add other ingredients; Shea butter last (doesn’t like to be overheated). You can do this on the stove, or in the microwave; just be safe handling the hot ingredients. Once melted, stir in essential oil. Pour into molds and let harden. (I used empty deodorant containers, but any silicone tray or ice cube tray will work.)

Cost: beeswax, $12 for 12 ounces; cocoa butter, $8 for 16 ounces; coconut oil, $7; Shea butter, $8 for 16 ounces; essential oil, $5

Total cost: $40 for 10 bars/containers

PARENT TIP

If you Google search “lotion recipes”, you’ll find a bazillion. The combinations are endless: you can switch coconut oil for almond oil, skip the Shea butter and just use cocoa butter, and select any fragrance under the sun (grapefruit vanilla lemon, perhaps).