Remember how everyone thought that I was an alcoholic when I was talking about Lush bars? Well, I might be but I did make the lotion bars.
I used the crock pot method for making lotion bars. This worked PERFECTLY. I usually don't like to use things that are wasteful like crock pot liners and such. That said I knew that this would ruin my beloved crock pot. And a liner is way cheaper than a new one.
I melted one cup of beeswax, 1 cup of Shea butter, and one cup of coconut oil. If you have never made lotion bars before I would recommend this recipe. In my worthless opinion, they were a bit more like dry chap-stick but it is a very good place to start.
I wanted the bars to be a bit more Lush-like. So I remelted everything and added 1/4 cup of caster oil(I used caster oil because of its healing properties but any oil should work). This definitely made the bars melt quicker in my hands. They are a bit greasy but if you have ever used a Lush bar, you get used to it quickly and then crave it like a drug. I keep the bar in a plastic baggy and rub it on. That way my hands don't get overly greasy.
I also added Tangerine essential oil to the mix. I stink pretty, let me tell you.
Also if you are going to make something messy like this and don't have a dedicated crock pot and utensils, use a crock pot liner and wrap your ladle.That sounded bad, didn't it? I put the ladle in a sandwich bag and then used an old piece of aluminum foil to mold it into place. This worked like a charm and I had NO CLEAN UP. Odd little lotion bar stalactites formed off of the aluminum when I was ladling but other than that it was perfect.
We were just all kinds of crafty this winter break. Who knows what is next for me? I might take up canning. Or I could just have a drink, clip coupons for green beans and not have to snap beans. I like that plan so much better!
Being all kinds of crafty,