I’ve finally reached a point where I make 99% of our bath and body products by hand. In fact, my husband doesn’t even bat an eyelash anymore when I pull homemade beard wax from the closet or toothpaste from the refrigerator. And while homemade lotion is always a favorite (this Vitamin E lotion is seriously to die for), lotion bars make for a new variation on an old theme.
These super hydrating bars stay solid at room temperature but melt ever-so-slightly when rubbed on the skin, leaving behind a thin layer of moisture. Plus they’re infused with matcha tea and sweet orange oil so they pack an antioxidant punch and smell amazing at the same time.
Matcha Lotion Bars
I absolutely love lotion bars because, since they hold their shape at room temperature, they’re super portable and always available in a pinch. Plus they’re relatively inexpensive to make (a little bit goes a long way) so you can whip up a huge batch and store them in the closet until you need them. I always keep a few on hand for emergencies: in my purse, next to the bathroom sink and on my bedside table for whenever dry skin keeps me up at night. I always have a some squirreled away to give away as last minute gifts too.
Lotion bars aren’t just relegated to the winter months when dry skin comes back with a vengeance. They’re perfect as an after-sun-soother, a bug-bite balm or even as shaving cream in a pinch. I’ve found them especially helpful for dry patches on elbows, knees, feet and hands.
To make them, all you really need is coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and matcha. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer that helps feed and nourish the skin. Cocoa butter is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, and is often used to soothe dry skin, calm eczema and decrease the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Beeswax provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral benefits, plus it binds the other ingredients together so the bars stay solid at room temperature. And lastly, matcha–finely powdered green tea leaves–contains antioxidants to help combat free radicals and slow the signs of aging.
Matcha Lotion Bars
Yield 4 bars
- Fill a medium pot with two inches of water and bring to a boil. Place a mason jar inside the pot to create a double boiler.
- Add coconut oil, beeswax and cocoa butter to the jar and stir occasionally until it is fully melted.
- Remove from heat and add your essential oils and matcha powder. Stir. Pour the liquid into your molds and allow lotion bars to cool fully before removing.
- To use, simply rub the bars on your skin. As the warm up, they’ll leave behind a thin layer of moisture.