Hey everyone. I have searched through the forums and found some good info on lotion bars. But I was wondering if my idea would work. I plan to make some today and my recipe is going to be
Almond oil 33%
Coconut oil 30%
Any changes or suggestions? Also, can I use FO or should i use EO?
Thanks in advance!
I'm with @Zing
...too much 'soft' oils.
The biggest problem with Lotion Bars starts with the name..."lotion". A "lotion" is typically an oil and water emulsion using a substance such as cetearyl alcohol
to keep the emulsion together. The average application of a lotion is then quickly absorbed into the skin. And regardless of how thick you make the lotion, it still needs a container because it is still a 'liquid'.
"Lotion" Bars as we called them are strictly a mixture of wax, butters and oils and regardless of how much 'starch' you add, will always be "greasy" until the butters/oils are absorbed into the skin which can take several minutes. Because of the amount of beeswax and butters used, they are a 'solid' and will retain it's molded shape unless it is exposed to heat at which point it will start to melt.
I have used a few different recipes for my Lotion Bars. The first one was beeswax, cocoa and shea butters and I later added arrowroot powder. It produces a nice solid, long lasting bar, but too solid as it doesn't glide over the skin. And if not used regularly, will develop a fat bloom which is a bit rough. I then tried approximately 1/3 bees wax, 1/3 butters (cocoa, shea, mango) and 1/3 soft oils (almond, coconut, jojoba), with and without a starch. You definitely need to add a starch. It produced a nice bar, but jojoba oil is a bit spendy so I tried it without it and that was a no-go as the added almond and coconut produced a much softer bar that melted quickly against the skin and I would have to grab a paper towel to wipe my hands off before I could do anything. Fortunately I have found a market for the 1/3 recipe w/jojoba with a high price point so I can keep that recipe, but still need to adjust for a general market at a reasonable price point.
Now @Carly B
is correct in that it is easy enough to remelt and add more ingredients, but I don't because 1) I dislike having to do the math, and 2) by remelting, I have nothing to compare what changes I have made to. I originally bought these molds
to make Sample Soaps, but found them to be good for testing new scents, new recipes and for sales***. Each cavity holds approximate 0.75oz and I make enough for six cavities (4.5oz).
I use FOs in mine, but if you want to use EOs that is up to you. I would do the same as I do with my FOs and test for overall scent and scent retention.
@Zing do you ever use colorants in your bars?
, but I don't because I don't want the colorant to transfer to the skin. A little sparkle on the skin is okay for evening wear, but not something I want at the office. But then again, you could market a sparkly LB for evening wear.