Make Your Own Baby Lotion Bars
Baby’s skin is so naturally soft and sensitive. There are countless choices of lotions and creams to put on your babe – but most are expensive and actually full of questionable ingredients.
This is a recipe for a very simple, nourishing, and safe baby lotion bar. I prefer to use the bar instead of plain ol’ lotion, as it is less oily and messy, providing a smooth and thin layer of cream.
It is also wonderful for rubbing on your hands and giving your baby a gentle massage.
- 1 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1 Cup Beeswax
- 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E (Optional)
Melt 1 cup of grated beeswax.
I buy a large block of beeswax and grate it myself (actually, i just cut it into small pieces), as it is much cheaper then buying the little pellets (the pellets are more convenient, though, if that’s what you’re looking for). Beeswax can be purchased at many places: local markets, online, or at Michael’s.
Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of coconut oil.
Raw coconut oil has anti-fungal properties. For this reason, I try not to “cook” the coconut oil, just melt it in the warm beeswax. It still gets to a smooth consistency with a wire whisk.
I then stir in 1 tsp of vitamin E, but this is optional.
Pour into silicone moulds, cookie tins, or a loaf pan. Once it has set (it will feel set in minutes, but try to leave them for a few hours) pop them out of their moulds, or slice into bar shapes. This batch makes about 10 good size bars.
I love the bars just like this, but if it is too oily for your liking, try adding 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
The cost breakdown:
1 cup coconut oil = approximately $1.75 (this can be bought at any grocery store)
1 cup beeswax = approximately $2 (I bought a one pound block from Michael’s for $20 – this gives me at least 10 cups)
1 tsp vitamin E = approximately $0.50 (I bought mine at Rexall, but this is certainly not the cheapest place – I just got it while redeeming points)
Total cost: $4.25 divided by 10 bars = $0.43 cents a bar
This is just with regular-priced items at regular stores – buying in bulk, online, with coupons, and on sale will lower this cost considerably!
One bar lasts us at least 2-3 weeks, used almost daily. A much smaller batch could be made, but I love to give bars away to friends and family with wee ones. I am always asked for them.
Making your own baby lotion is a great way to save your family money while purchasing baby items. They are also great to give as gifts!