Learn how to turn common field daisies into easy DIY daisy lotion bars perfect for soothing chapped, dry, sore hands. Shasta daisies will work well for this project too!
Found in fields and on roadsides, the common daisy isn’t just for making flower crowns. (Or seeing if he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me….)
In the past, daisies were used as a traditional herb for inflammation and bruises, while today they’re being studied for healing wounds.
These properties make them perfect for use in lotion bars intended for soothing rough or chapped skin.
Lotion bars are so easy to make even your kids can help!
A Note About Daisies
Just be aware that some people can be allergic, so do a spot test before applying to larger areas of your body.
Don’t use daisies from roadsides since they’ll likely be contaminated with herbicides, pollutants, and other things you don’t want on your skin.
If you don’t have access to daisies, try daisy’s cousin chamomile in this recipe instead.
Step 1: Make the Daisy Infused Oil
To make these lotion bars, you’ll need to first make a daisy infused oil.
- Gather daisies from an area that’s not near a roadway and that hasn’t been sprayed with herbicides.
- Lay the flowers in a single layer on a clean dish towel or paper towels to air dry for several days. (See my blog post “How to Harvest and Dry Flowers & Herbs from Your Garden” for more information.)
- Fill a half pint jar halfway with dried daisies, then the rest of the way with oil.
For a faster infusion:
Set the jar of daisies and oil down into a pan of gently warmed water. Let the jar stay in the heated water, with the burner set to low, for a few hours then remove, cool, and strain. Keep a close eye on the oil to make sure it doesn’t overheat.
For the slower method:
Cover the jar with a lid and allow the oil to infuse for at least 4 weeks, shaking periodically as you remember to.
Strain the oil and store in a cool dark spot, like a cabinet. It’s ready to use any time after you strain it, but shelf life is around a year.
Once your oil is finished, you’re ready to make your daisy lotion bars! They’re really easy to make – just combine the ingredients, melt them together, and pour into molds.
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Step 2: Make the Daisy Lotion Bars
- 33 g beeswax
- 33 g shea butter (or mango butter)
- 33 g daisy infused oil
- a few drops of lavender essential oil, optional
If you don’t have a scale to weigh the ingredients, try using 1/4 to 1/3 cup of each ingredient. If your lotion bars turn out softer than you’d like, melt them again and add more beeswax. If they turn out too hard, melt them again and add more oil.
- Weigh the beeswax, shea butter, and daisy oil into a canning jar or heatproof container. (Recycle a tin can for this purpose for easy cleanup.)
- Set the container down into a pan containing an inch or two of almost simmering water, creating a makeshift double boiler.
- Heat until the beeswax is melted.
- Optional: add a few drops of lavender or other skin safe essential oil.
- Pour into a mold and leave undisturbed until completely cooled.
I found the clear plastic flowers mold at my local Michaels craft store, but a Google search turns up Sweet Treats Supply shop as a possible online source.
If you want the round flower sizes from the mold to fit in a 2 ounce metal tin, only fill them half way or the lids won’t close. (I buy 2 oz screw-top tins at Specialty Bottle.)
To use: Rub a lotion bar over your hands or other dry skin spots. Your body heat will melt it just enough to leave behind a light layer to help soften and condition skin.
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