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I use soy wax (100%) in my lotion bars. It does cause it to melt a bit easier, so I tend to use a higher % of soy wax than one would use beeswax. I also use a high % of hard butter with lower % of oil.
By 100%, do you mean as a complete replacer for beeswax? Because I don't think you mean a 100% soywax lotion bar, yes?
 

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By 100%, do you mean as a complete replacer for beeswax? Because I don't think you mean a 100% soywax lotion bar, yes?
Sorry! Lemme clarify lol. I mean the 100% soy wax such as Golden Foods 415, that has no other additives! But yes, a complete replacer for beeswax!

Depending on how warm your climate is, try starting with 35% or 40% soy wax with 5% cetyl alcohol as a beeswax replacer.
 

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Sorry! Lemme clarify lol. I mean the 100% soy wax such as Golden Foods 415, that has no other additives! But yes, a complete replacer for beeswax!

Depending on how warm your climate is, try starting with 35% or 40% soy wax with 5% cetyl alcohol as a beeswax replacer.
Soy wax has a nice feel on skin IMHO.

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Does anyone use candelilla wax in their lotion bars?
I have, and was not crazy about it. But I am one of the weirdos who prefers little to no wax in my lotion bars. No matter what I do, or which wax I use, it always feels sticky to me.
 

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I have, and was not crazy about it. But I am one of the weirdos who prefers little to no wax in my lotion bars. No matter what I do, or which wax I use, it always feels sticky to me.
Thanks for your response. I appreciate your opinion!
 

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Skin cracks....eeek, *so painful*. And they never heal....some sort of mystifying dark magic cut that is immune to the skin's normal procedures! I get them on my thumbs each and every winter and the things that don't work are: any lotions, including Heel Balm; any medical ointments with bandaids overnight; any other thing. Only thing that has worked for me? 3M Skin Crack Care. Pain goes away within an hour, because it seals up the nerves. Then it heals within a few days. A little bottle should last a long time, as you really just apply once a day when you have a crack. I'm all about lotion bars for regular skin stuff, but those cracks are a true medical issue.
 

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Skin cracks....eeek, *so painful*. And they never heal....some sort of mystifying dark magic cut that is immune to the skin's normal procedures! I get them on my thumbs each and every winter and the things that don't work are: any lotions, including Heel Balm; any medical ointments with bandaids overnight; any other thing. Only thing that has worked for me? 3M Skin Crack Care. Pain goes away within an hour, because it seals up the nerves. Then it heals within a few days. A little bottle should last a long time, as you really just apply once a day when you have a crack. I'm all about lotion bars for regular skin stuff, but those cracks are a true medical issue.
Thanks for the info. I hate those cracks on my fingers, and they stay very sore for days!
 

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I found this...
Solid Lotion Bars
The luxurious butters add special attention to winter dry & itchy skin!
This sounds lovely! I just bought some fun little molds that I’ve been waiting to use for mini lotion bars!
 

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Zing! My fingers STILL crack and bleed in winter, and that's even using a @TashaBird tallow lotion bar, although hers are SO MUCH nicer than the ones I was making for myself. (mine: beeswax, shea butter, a soft oil like olive) What's your secret ingredient? Do I need to shell out for meadowfoam seed oil?! My own tend to just feel greasy on top of my skin. Tasha's soak in but I still get cracks. I finally bought some tallow and am going to experiment but I came here wondering what % beeswax to use to make a bar that won't melt sitting in the sun inside a glass 'house' at work. (I move trailers around a freight yard with a machine made for this purpose.)
Have you considered slathering your hands and then wearing lightweight gloves (like book or antique conservators wear) to bed? I found that worked great for me!
 

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Skin cracks....eeek, *so painful*. And they never heal....some sort of mystifying dark magic cut that is immune to the skin's normal procedures! I get them on my thumbs each and every winter and the things that don't work are: any lotions, including Heel Balm; any medical ointments with bandaids overnight; any other thing. Only thing that has worked for me? 3M Skin Crack Care. Pain goes away within an hour, because it seals up the nerves. Then it heals within a few days. A little bottle should last a long time, as you really just apply once a day when you have a crack. I'm all about lotion bars for regular skin stuff, but those cracks are a true medical issue.
Good to see you! So sorry that lotion bars don't help your fingers cracking. My fingers cracked and bled every winter until I started using my own lotion bars. Those cracks were so very painful and I resorted to using liquid cement or super glue to stop the pain.
 

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