I don't know about you, but for me, the word winter is synonymous with the word dry. It seems like no matter how much water I drink I am still constantly thirsty. My skin is thirsty too - soaking up all of the moisturizing ingredients I can throw at it. While light creams are lovely for warmer weather I like my winter moisturizers to pack a heavier punch.
Lotion bars are a great choice for the winter season. By skipping the water phase they deliver a hefty dose of conditioning Oil and Butter, making them ideal for conditioning really dry skin. A good lotion bar glides across the skin delivering smooth, creamy moisture all over the body. This particular recipe includes soothing Murumuru Butter and Tamanu Oil, boosting the bars' ability to leave skin feeling happy and healthy.
I used a blend of soft Ylang Ylang, sweet Bergamot, and yummy Vanilla to scent my bars, but feel free to replace the Essential Oils with your own skin-safe favorites. You could also try using one of our Plant-Based Fragrance Oils instead. You'll notice that my bars have a dusting of brown on top. This came from the Vanilla Oleoresin, which tends to crystallize in cold weather. To make sure it blends evenly, Vanilla Oleoresin should be warmed before being added to a recipe - even a recipe including hot, melted ingredients.
Murumuru Lotion Bars
Makes about eight 1-ounce bars
- 3 ounces Murumuru Butter
- 2 ounces Babassu Oil
- 1 1/2 ounces Beeswax
- 1 ounce Tamanu Oil
- 1 ounce Apricot Kernel Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Bergamot Essential Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Essential Oil (or Oleoresin, or Fragrance Oil)
- Combine the Butter, Oils, and Beeswax in a double boiler and heat until fully melted.
- Remove from heat, then add the Essential Oils and mix well.
- Carefully pour the mixture into heat-proof molds.
- Allow the bars to cool and harden completely before use.
Usage & Packaging
Try packaging your lotion bars in our Small Cello Bags or in a gift box or tin. While these bars are solid at room temperature they are still relatively fragile. That's something to keep in mind as you package and handle the finished bars.
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