When people find out I make soap they always ask me about making lotion bars. Soap and lotion bars are completely different animals but I guess most people don't know that. After I gift them a bar they always ask me why it doesn't lather. Hmmmm...
A true lotion bar is just melted beeswax and hard butters. Think Chapstick for the hands and feet. There are tons of good recipes and tutorials online. I like this one.
I put the materials into a designated melting jar because you will NEVER clean that thing out after you use it. I also use a wooden stick for stirring for the same reason. I don't use the microwave for melting because the beeswax takes forever. I simmer the canning jar of butters and wax in water until it's a pourable clear liquid.
Essential oils give them their scent-never fragrance oils since it is not meant to be rinsed off.
They harden really quickly and are ready to use as soon as you pop them out of the mold.
You only need a tiny mold because a little bar goes a long way.
To use one, you just rub your finger over it and then apply it to whatever dry spot you want. I give my hands a rub down every time I wash my hands. My nails are thanking me for it.
I store mine in paper baking liners that I cut to fit and tuck it all into a 2 ounce screw top tin I buy by the case from Amazon.
Now that I've gone on and on about them, I want to give one of the pink grapefruit lotion bars away along with two of my orphan Valentine's Day soaps. I've got a lovely creamy goat's milk bar that smells like sweet raspberries in pink moscato as well as a slick honey based glycerin bar that smells like white jasmine and cherry blossoms. All products have been tested on sensitive skin (mine) and by The Mister. He likes the girly scents even more than I do.
To sweeten the pot, how about two skeins of Knit Picks Imagination in the Damsel colorway to go along with the soaps? This is a fuzzy alpaca blend that I am sad to say is discontinued. I knit many a baby garment out of Imagination. To enter just leave me a comment and I'll randomly pick a winner on Wednesday the 17th. I post international so those of you across the pond are also welcome.
We certainly were yesterday when our teams placed first (dancing caterpillar team) and third (gingerbread team) in a day of fierce competition among some of the best teams I have ever seen. Of course I don't have any photos as the day was a complete blur-a frozen blur. Brrrr...that ice rink was cold. I still haven't thawed out.
What are you doing to stay warm?