Homemade Gingerbread Lotion Bars
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Hey guys, I’m back with another great homemade beauty product! These Homemade Gingerbread Lotion Bars are the perfect cold weather gift! Everyday from December 1st to Christmas day, I will be showing you all Christmas crafts, offering a free printable or a favorite Christmas recipe! Make sure to check back everyday for those posts, or better yet-sign up for my emails so you don’t miss anything!
With winter here, my skin gets so dry especially doing dishes constantly after 5 kids. I got tired of spending money on expensive hand creams that barely work so I decided to make my own. The added benefit to making your own beauty products is you know exactly what is in it and you know what you’re putting on your skin. This is not lotion that can be pumped, lotion bars are just bars that you rub on dry skin. You could add water to make it less hard, but then you would have to add preservatives to keep it from growing bacteria. Water is what creates mold, so if you do want a lotion make sure you add preservatives to keep it from growing mold. I will be posting a lotion recipe soon with preservatives!
These lotion bars requires about 30 minutes to make and you can make these to give out as gifts! Scroll to the bottom for some other great homemade beauty products.You could throw these Homemade Gingerbread Lotion Bars into a gift basket along with these products: DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub, DIY Gingerbread Bath Salts, and these yummy Homemade Gingerbread Lip Balm.
You could also add food coloring to make them look more festive!
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Aren’t the bars so pretty?! I used silicone ice cube trays that I found at the Dollar Tree, I love them. They add just the right amount of Christmas cheer!
*If you want the exact Clove essential oil I used, you can check out Artisan Oil’s Facebook Page, they currently do not have a website.
Beeswax blocks can be used, but it takes so long to melt, so I chose to use the pellets instead. It takes about half an hour for those little guys to melt, that’s why I chose the pellets! You will have enough to make 16 bars with ice cube trays.
Boil water over high heat with a mason jar in the pan. You can use a large bowl if you prefer but I chose the mason jar because it’s less of a clean up! Beeswax gets very messy and sticky, so I use one mason jar for all my beeswax making projects. If you use a bowl, you will not be able to reuse it.
Once the water boils, lower the heat to medium and add your beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils. The beeswax will take about half and hour to melt, if you’re using beeswax blocks, it’ll take longer. Carefully stir occasionally with a spoon you will no longer use. I have all the links for essential oils above, except for the Clove oil, I bought that on a trip to Bethlehem.
When all the beeswax is melted, carefully pour your melted mixture into the molds. You have to work fast here because everything will start to solidify fast.
Put all your molds in the fridge for about 2 hours to really let the mixture solidify. You have to heat it up a bit with your fingers, gently rub your fingers on the bars to put on, shea butter melts with heat. This is your finished result!
If gingerbread is not your scent, check out these: DIY 3 Ingredients Lotion Bars, these lotion bars are unscented.
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