I love the convenience of these Solid Moisturising Bars when I am travelling and don’t want to run the risk of my beautiful DIY butters and balms liquefying in the car. These bars are deeply moisturising for dry skin. They also make gorgeous gifts; you can make them weeks in advance, so there’s no excuse not to get busy in the kitchen and stock your gift cupboard.
The high ratio of beeswax means that the mixture sets quite quickly, so don’t leave this one in your bowl too long before filling your moulds. Also, note that you can sub the beeswax for candelilla wax (handy to know if you’re a vegan) – just halve the quantity.
Solid Moisturising Bars
Makes: 250 g Prep time: < 10 min (allow approx. 60 mins to set).
My Choice of Essential Oils
My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemongrass and geranium but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information on essential oils.
Extra Equipment Required
1. Add shea butter, carrier oil and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted, using either a microwave or the double boiler method. (Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.
2. Add essential oils and mix until combined.
3. Pour mixture into moulds and place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).
4. Allow to set completely before unmoulding (this usually takes an hour), and store individually or stack in a container between sheets of baking paper.
Run bar over body and massage in. In cold weather, it helps to warm the bar between your hands prior to use. In excessively warm weather, it may be necessary to store your bars on a soap dish.