My hands are dry. During the winter they are terrible. I don’t really notice until I am working on some hand stitching and then spot them. They are a wreck! They snag on everything. They snag on the thread, yarn, fabric. They are static. They cling to everything!!!
In the past I’ve made soap. I went on a big soap making kick. I mean big. I love making soaps.
Because of this, I got thinking that making homemade lotion bars would be fun to make. I gave it a try and it works great for my hands!
So- if you are like me and have chappy horrible stitching hands…this is for you to try.
1 part coconut oil
1 part shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three)
1 part beeswax- optional. I didn’t have any on hand so I used only shea and coconut oil. I know this is a great option though to add.
Vitamin E oil- 1 tsp for every cup of the above mixture
essential oils— I used lavender, but you can use whatever you’d like
container- the rubber ones are great, but instead of running to the store, I picked through the plastic drawer and found this little container in the drawer. Then I lined it with a plastic sandwich bag so I could pop it out of the container easily.
How to make Lotion Bars:
1) Melt ingredients together
2) Add essential oils – I use and sell Young Living Oil (I’m in love!)
3) Pour into the mold and let set -see above for the reason I used a baggie and a plastic container.
4) Pop out and cut into little pieces
You can put the little chunks into smaller containers to carry around.
Because I used the plastic container and the baggie the edges aren’t as pretty as they could be. The mixture was a bit choppy too- but because it softens when you touch it, it is super easy to smooth and shape as you’d like.
How to Use:
Rub on your hands –the warmth of your hands will melt the lotion a bit and make it workable.
If you need more, rub over again…. You can even leave it in the container and then rub a few fingers across and rub in.
I use my bar every night before I go to bed. I let it work its wonders during the night. When I wake up in the morning, my hands are so soft and ready for some sewing!
If you are interested in essential oils to add to your home and sew up a few projects to use them with— head on over to my Young Living Oil page. I’d love to send you something– I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do!