Calendula Lotion Bars
Lotion bars are an exceptional treatment for dry, cracked skin and make wonderful gifts for those you love. The basic recipe requires only three ingredients, and is super simple to whip together. If you can melt chocolate, you can make lotion bars!
For this recipe, the oil portion is infused with calendula flowers for extra skin healing power. You can resize the recipe by increasing or reducing the amounts as you wish, keeping in mind an overall ratio of 1 part butter to 1 part beeswax to 1 part oil.
- 2 tablespoons shea butter (or mango or cocoa butter)
- 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
- 2 tablespoons calendula infused oil (buy HERE or see how to make below)
- optional: a few drops essential oil for scent
Step 1: First, you need to make an infused oil, to transfer all of the skin soothing goodness of calendula into a form that’s easy to incorporate into a lotion bar. To do so, fill a heat proof jar about one-fourth to one-half of the way with dried calendula flowers. Pour a light oil, such as sunflower or avocado, into the jar of flowers until it almost reaches the top.
Cover and store for around four weeks, shaking occasionally. If you’re in a hurry, you can set the uncapped jar down into a saucepan containing a few inches of water. Heat the water over medium low heat for about two hours. This creates a makeshift double boiler of sorts and helps speed up the infusing process. Once your oil has sufficiently infused, strain, and store in a cool, dark place. Shelf life for the finished oil is about one year.
If you want to skip this step, you can buy ready made calendula infused oil HERE.
Step 2: Combine the shea butter, beeswax, and calendula oil in a small, heatproof glass jar. Set the container down into a saucepan containing a few inches of water. Heat the pan over medium-low heat, until the beeswax and butter have melted from the indirect heat. Overheated butters can become grainy, so keep a close eye as the mixture melts. Once melted, remove the jar from the water. If you’d like to add essential oil for scent, do so now.
Step 3: Once your scent is stirred in, pour the liquid mixture into molds. You can use candy molds, silicone muffin cups, or other such flexible, non-stick objects of the sort. Let the bars set up until firm enough that they easily pop out when you turn the mold upside down. If they’re reluctant to leave the mold, try placing it in the freezer for several minutes. If you find that they’re too soft for your taste, remelt everything and add a bit more beeswax.
Storage & Use: Store individual lotion bars in small tins for gifting or carrying in your purse, or use a mason jar to store several at a time. Be sure to keep lotion bars away from heat sources and direct sunlight, as they can melt quite easily. To use: rub the lotion bar over your skin wherever it feels dry. The heat from your skin will melt the bar just enough to leave behind a thin moisturizing layer. Use as often as needed.
This recipe was originally published in the July 2014 Calendula issue from Natural Herbal Living Magazine.
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