DIY Lotion Bars {with 3 simple variations!}

A photo of three DIY hard lotion bars on a table with Wildly Organic Cacao Butter.

Say goodbye to dry skin with this super simple recipe for DIY hard lotion bars! If you haven’t made your own lotion bars at home, you’ll love this easy DIY project. Most lotion bars are made with quite a few ingredients, but these hard lotion bars only require three simple ingredients! With three different scent variations to try, these DIY lotion bars are a great DIY project to pamper yourself or gift to others!

DIY Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are unique because they stay hard at room temperature, but melt and rub in easily once you apply them to your skin. I think lotion bars are one of the most versatile DIY skincare recipes out there because you can make them in lots of different ways depending on your skin type or how you want it to smell. They’re also made with just a few simple ingredients and don’t contain the toxins found in a lot of store-bought lotions! 

Actually, store-bought lotion is usually not made of much more than water and some toxins. Since water is the main ingredient, it also needs preservatives to keep it from attracting bacteria and going bad. Most conventional lotion also has “fragrance” listed in its ingredients, which is an unregulated term that could include a nasty mixture of carcinogenic chemicals. Even some lotions that say “unscented” still include an “unscented” fragrance! Trust me, you don’t want any of that on your skin!

These lotions bars don’t have any of that – no fake fragrance, no toxins, and no water! But even though this also means there are no preservatives, they’ll still last you a long time since they aren’t made using water. 

I also stick to really simple ingredients for this recipe. These lotion bars include nothing more than sweet almond oil for deep moisturization, Wildly Organic Cacao Butter to help lock in the nutrition and hydration, and beeswax to help protect your skin and keep your lotion bar solid. 

Below are three simple variations on this lotion bar recipe: plain (with a light chocolate scent), lavender, and vanilla! I love the smell of pure cacao butter, so the plain version is one of my favorites. The lavender will leave a slight scent behind. You can even apply it behind your ears for pseudo roll-on perfume! The vanilla version smells especially festive and delicious — perfect for the holidays! It might be hard to pick which flavor you want, so feel free to split up the mixture into thirds and try all three!

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How to Make DIY Lotion Bars


  • 1 oz silicone molds
  • A kitchen scale
  • Optional ingredients: lavender buds, lavender essential oil, or pure vanilla extract 


  • ½ oz Wildly Organic Cacao Butter (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ oz beeswax pellets (about 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon)
  • ½ oz sweet almond oil (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Lavender essential oil, lavender buds, or vanilla (optional)


  1. Combine cacao butter, beeswax, and almond oil in either a double boiler or a stove set at 350F. (I use a glass measuring cup for easy pouring and put it in my toaster oven). Heat for 8-15 minutes or until beeswax is melted.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in 10 drops of essential oils OR ¼ tsp vanilla if wanted
  3. Pour into silicone molds (and top with lavender buds or anything else you’d like! Do this quickly as it gets solid fast!
  4. Keep the bars at room temperature until solid. Depending on how warm your house is, this could take anywhere from half an hour to two hours.
  5. Pop the bars out from the molds, smell, and enjoy!

Hard Lotion Bar Tips and Tricks

  • This recipe works best if you have an accurate scale to weigh your ingredients, since measuring it out can be different depending on how much you pack down. 
  • If you don’t have a kitchen scale, just measure out scoops of each item and pack down the beeswax and cacao butter slightly. This is a pretty forgiving recipe but you’ll want each ingredient to be fairly accurate!
  • To use your hard lotion bar, just lightly glide the bar over your skin and rub in the lotion with your hand. I especially like using these bars after shaving or taking a shower.
  • Store your lotion bars in a cool, dry area. If you live in a very hot place and your lotion bars get sticky, you might need to store them in the fridge.
  • For the best scent and functionality, try to use your bars within six months. Enjoy your smooth and silky skin!

Which DIY Lotion Bar variation will you make first – plain, lavender or vanilla?

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