Homemade Lavender Lotion Bars

I’m sure you’ve seen lotion bar or massage bars in stores, but it turns out that they are surprisingly simple to make at home. They can be used for lotion on pretty well any part of the body or as an alternative to massage oil. Here is the recipe for homemade lavender lotion bars.

Homemade Lavender Love Lotion Bars Recipe DIY

Lavender Love Lotion Bars

1/2 c beeswax
1/2 c shea butter
1/2 c sweet almond oil
15 drops lavender essential oil


In a double boiler (or small pot in a larger pot of water), melt grated beeswax and oil until combined.
Add shea butter and stir just until melted with a metal or plastic utensil. Do not overheat.
Immediately pour into molds of your choosing.
Add essential oils and stir with a toothpick.
Allow to set at room temperature for a couple hours or in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Pop ’em out and enjoy.


If you can’t find them in store, all of these ingredients can be purchased at Essential 7.


These lavender lotion bars are very emollient. Shea butter is especially nourishing and moisturizing, and it can be used to treat a myriad of skin problems. The sweet almond oil soothes muscles and even promotes healing. Lavender essential oil adds a relaxing aromatherapy component as well as its healing properties.  These bars soak into the skin well with no sticky residue or greasiness.


It will be fun to experiment with different scents from essential oils and add-ins such as coffee or other types of dry beans.  These would make great gifts too especially with Christmas coming up. I’ve given these homemade lavender lotion bars as birthday gifts before, and I’ve received positive responses from others who use them as well.


What do you use for lotion? Have you tried making your own?

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22 Comment

  1. Reply
    October 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I love your blog! Have a nice weekend:)


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      October 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Aw, thank you so much! That brings a huge smile to my face. I hope you have a nice weekend as well.

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    October 18, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Love this! I always wanted to make one..I pinned it so I will be trying it out soon! Thank you for linking up at Merry Monday Linky Party. Have a great week!

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      October 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      I just discovered your linky party today. 🙂 Glad you liked the lotion bar recipe, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them when you make them.

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    October 19, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Love lavender. Can see how these would be wonderful. #MotivationalMondays

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      October 19, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Yes, they’re certainly soothing and relaxing. I hope you try them out.

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    November 2, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Mmm, these look great! And such simple ingredients!

    I think I may make some of these for Christmas gifts… they would be great with different essential oils too. I’d love to try a making citrusy one, or a gingery and spicy one. Thanks for the recipe!

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      November 2, 2015 at 10:05 am

      I recommend them for gifts for sure since I’ve given them a few times for birthday presents. However, I think citrus, ginger, and spice all sound perfect for Christmas!

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    May 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Made today. Really aren’t greasy…yay.
    Thank you for the recipe.

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      May 15, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Oh, I’m so glad to hear that! Yes, I love that these ones aren’t greasy. You’re very welcome. 🙂

  6. Reply
    May 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Helpful post! Bookmarked your site 🙂 I love your recipes for soaps ^_^

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      May 16, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m glad to hear it. 🙂

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    Becky day
    June 11, 2016 at 8:33 am

    15 drops total or in each soap form?

    1. Reply
      June 11, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Total! 🙂

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    November 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    These sound absolutely wonderful!! I can’t wait to make them. How do you store them?

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      November 5, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Awesome! In a container somewhere dark, cool, and dry is ideal.

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    December 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    We’re going to make these for Stocking Stuffers, how many bars does this recipe make?

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      December 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Aw, what a great idea! I’m so happy to hear that. The number of bars will depend on the size of your molds. My heart mold holds 2 tbsp each, so it made about 12 bars.

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    January 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Do you think I could put these in a cellophane bag and store them in a dry place & they not melt? I’m making a valentines basket including heart shaped bath bombs & I thought adding these massage bars would be a nice addition to my baskets but I’m
    Afraid the lotions might stick together or melt ?

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      January 6, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Awww, great idea! I think these will be perfect for Valentine’s Day! Yes, as long as they are stored somewhere cool and dry that should not be an issue. I have stored mine together before as well. 🙂 Have fun putting the baskets together!

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    May 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Could you use coco butter or coconut oil instead of the almond oil?

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      May 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      The cocoa butter I would think not (though it could be substituted for the shea butter). The coconut oil you would be able to use instead of the almond oil. It will just affect the consistency a little bit since coconut oil is solid at room temperature and almond oil isn’t, but it would still be good for sure.

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