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  1. Hi There,  I love these lotions bars.  SO much so that I posted a link to this post on 

  2. Who knew that it could be so easy!  I’d love an update when you try the vegan alternative to beeswax.  Making one’s own products has so many benefits … not only can we get exactly the fragrance and shape that we want but we control the ingredients.  No toxic chemicals or “unknowns”.  I’m so glad that a link to this post was shared on our Meet & Greet.  Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

  3. DM

    Cocoa butter and shea are comedogenic and I can’t use them. Do you know of any non-comedogenic ingredients that I can sub??

    • Zoe

      You have probably found the aver to your question regarding the exchange of shea butter and cocoa butter but I thought I would share since others may wonder as well. Mango butter is a great sub.

  4. Mary Jo

    Great recipe! You may want to try out Marula oil or Baobab oil in your recipe. These both are great for the skin (Marula is actually higher than sweet almond in Oleic acid which your skin LOVES), while Baobab is similar to argan oil in it’s fatty acid make up. Both are awesome in soaps.

  5. Ariel

    How can I give the lotion bar some color?

    • The_L

      Commercial food dyes probably work, but that’s not such a good idea if you’re trying to go organic. I know turmeric makes a nice yellow, and beet juice is good for pinks and reds…Maybe someone else has suggestions for the cooler end of the spectrum? :)

      • Melissa

        Commercial food dyes would not work! They contain water and oil and water do not mix and is definitly not a good idea if you’re going for a lotion bar that is all oil. It wouldn’t harden right it would be runny. I would try some dry powder organic dyes, like for baking, not sure which because I haven’t looked into coloring my lotion bars but that would be the way to go.

  6. Amanda

    Most of the other recipes for lotion bars that I have found use coconut oil instead of a liquid oil (e.g. almond oil) like you do. Have you had any problems with your bars being too soft or melting? Do you find that the lotion absorbs easily into your skin? I’d appreciate any thoughts you have, especially if you have also made these bars with coconut oil in the past.

    I ask because I would prefer not to use coconut oil (I love almond oil for skin products!). Thanks for your help!

  7. Sarah

    ok, rookie here. Are lotion bars used as soap, or rubbed on dry skin for lotion?

  8. Cathie

    How do you package the lotion bars you make in a mold? It just seems they would be hard to use not being in some type of container. I was thinking of making them and putting them in tins as small gifts for the staff in the doctor’s office, insurance office etc.
    Also, what type of essential oil would you suggest for men?

  9. jan jones

    just read on another website you can sub soy wax for the beeswax!!!

  10. Ooo I love how you added the coffee beans. I’m going to have to give that a go!

  11. Rachel

    I just made these for the first time. They are great and only took half an hour to make! I used silicone ice cube trays in different fun shapes. Looking forward to handing out extras to my friends!!

  12. Dear CrunchyBetty… I think I have a crunchy crush on your blog. ;) I’ve been making some of my own products for a little while and saw the picture with the whole coffee beans in the lotion bar. Imagine my delight when I also saw the little egg shapers, since I JUST ordered some of these (bear & bunny) for my 5 year old. I can’t wait to try your recipe with these.

  13. mari

    im having the issue that no matter how much mango extract i use i cant get the lotion bar to smell like like mango (im using the recepie of bees wax,almond oil, and shea butter)can anyone help?

    • Melissa

      Shea butter has a strong nutty scent, if its all natural unrefined, and mango oil/butter doesn’t really have a scent. But if your mango extract actually smells like mango, I have never used it before, than I would suggest using a different butter so it doesn’t mask the smell of the mango extract and also it takes a lot of essential oil to scent a batch of product and the bigger the batch the more you will need to use, essential oils loose scent over time so they tend to fade quickly.

  14. Mari

    Oh my I love those molds! I have 3 kids and I love to impress them with soaps and bath bombs in different shapes. Could do please tell me where I can find those mold or similar ones. Thank you.

    • Shirley

      Try wish.com they have a ton of molds for CHEAP. And shipping is only $1 to $2 per item. Be advised though most of the stuff ship’s from China so orders usually take 2 to 4 weeks. But it’s def worth the wait. I bought a heart mould for $2 and same mould sold @ Wal-Mart and Amazon for almost $12 plus $4+ shipping. Wish also has a ton of other items. My family lives to shop there.

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  16. Hailey

    Can you add the essential oils before pouring? And can you use fragrance oils as well?

    • Melissa

      You should add the essential oils as it’s cooling, because they are so delicate if you add them when the mixture is right off the stove it will destroy the properties of the essential oils and there will be no scent or benefit from the essential oil. So it’s best to add it towards the end of the cooling process, and the scent of essential oils does fade after awhile no matter how much you add or how cool the mixture is when you add that’s just how they are.

  17. Pam

    I love your website also it is great. I made the lotion bars and used coconut oil but they are very soft and mushy even after setting for a while is it because I used coconut oil instead of the almond oil?

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  20. Sandee Raker-Lott

    Puleeeese can someone help me with adding or subtracting whatever is making my diy body butter tacky(sticky)_

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    can you tell me how to take the stickiness out of my diy body butter?

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  28. Marissa

    Where can you get shea butter besides online and for a not so exspensive price

  29. crystal

    hi !! I made these and they turned out sticky and tacky. did I add too much bees wax? can I fix them by adding more cocoa butter or shea butter or oil???? help!

  30. Tracey Bowman

    I came across your site today while looking up lotion bars and a problem I have using honey. I have tried adding raw honey to my lotion bars twice now. The recipe is 1/4 cup each of shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey. It makes about 6 lotion bars and the last 2-3 have gooey honey on the bottom and I have to throw them out. The second time I made it I stirred each time I poured into a different mold. Still the last two were the same with the gooey honey on the bottom. I melt the shea butter and beeswax then stir in the rest of ingredients. What am I doing wrong? I really really like these lotion bars but I don’t like waisting so much. I hope you read this and can help me. I noticed the posts are from quite a while ago. Thanks!

    • Charlotte

      In my research, I’ve found that it’s not advisable to use honey in these types of products for the exact reason you are stating – it separates. Also, your butter, oil and beeswax should be equal parts, so either leave out the olive oil or put in 1/8 cup olive oil & 1/8 cup coconut oil to make up your 1/4 cup.


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