Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

Nourish skin with a combination of beeswax and various body butters rich in fatty acids in this homemade Solid Lotion Bar recipe.

| June 2015

  • Learn how to make your own soap, candles, balms, creams and salves using beeswax harvested from the beehive in Petra Ahnert’s book “Beeswax Alchemy” (Quarry Books, 2015).
    Cover courtesy Quarry Books
  • When paired with beeswax, shea and cocoa butter work to create an occlusive barrier that seals in moisture.
    Photo by Dan Bishop Photography

Modern beekeepers commonly wonder what to do with all the beeswax their hives produce. Thankfully, the possibilities are endless, from holistic and decorative uses to various homemade health and beauty products. Learn how to make beautiful, useful gifts with Petra Ahnert’s book, Beeswax Alchemy (Quarry Books, 2015). This excerpt offers a recipe for a Solid Lotion Bar.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Beeswax Alchemy.

Solid lotion bars are an anhydrous blend of butters, oils and waxes, not emulsified products that contain a large percentage of water.

This blend yields a bar that can be handled easily without making a mess, but melts on contact to soothe and create an emollient barrier. Although butters such as shea butter and cocoa butter are wonderful for the skin, they do not directly moisturize the skin. The moisture needs to come from other sources, such as the dampness that remains after hand washing. When these butters are paired with the beeswax, however, they work together to create an occlusive barrier that seals in that moisture. Various butters also contain fatty acids that help to nourish the skin.

Solid Lotion Bars


• 27 grams yellow beeswax (30.20 percent)
• 6 grams virgin coconut oil (6.90 percent)
• 12 grams sweet almond oil (13.80 percent)
• 12 grams jojoba oil (13.80 percent)
• 10 grams shea butter (10.50 percent)
• 12 grams cocoa butter (10.50 percent)
• 5 grams mango butter (5.30 percent)
• 1 gram vitamin E oil (0.10 percent)
• 0.1 gram rosemary extract (0.10 percent)
• 0.9 gram scent (1 percent)

Other Materials

• Double boiler
• Digital scale
• Wooden stir stick
• Clear plastic guest soap molds (They hold about 1 ounce, or 28 grams, of balm each and the cavities are small enough that the resulting balms fit easily into a tin. Muffin tins can also be used by filling 1-inch deep.)
• 2 to 3 ounces (57 to 85 grams) shallow tins (optional, but a nice touch)

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