Includes all the ingredients and supplies pictured here so you can make lip balms, lotion, and even sunscreen and rash cream (with zinc oxide added to your order). Instructions for hard lotion bars, lip balms, hair butter and rash cream are included with the kit.
To make one batch of rash cream as instructed in the My Buttered Life, baby edition e-book, add one order of zinc oxide to your order.
To make two batches of sunscreen using the recipe in the My Buttered Life, summer edition e-book, add two zinc oxides to your order.
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VIEW VIDEO: The kit makes 13 oz’ worth of lotion, which is the equivalent of 6 family sized bars! (plus lip balms)
Ingredients: beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil
Combine equal amounts of the ingredients in a double boiler. Melt, stir well, and pour into molds. Molds can be plastic or metal. Ice cube trays and cup cake pans both work great. Lip balms may require extra coconut oil stirred in before pouring. You may want to test some on a plate (drop from dropper, cool, test on lips) before filling tubes.
IMPORTANT: for easy clean up, wipe out the bowl with a paper towel while it’s still hot. Then wash with hot, soapy water.
For easy removal of lotion from container, place in freezer for 30 minutes and it should pop right out.
Ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil (click for instructional video)
Ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil (click for instructional video)
Renee, here’s the recipe I came up with for my own eucalyptus-free chest rub.
Measurements are in ml, because I used my son’s glass chemistry beakers to melt everything in! 🙂
Melt cocoa butter, coconut oil & beeswax together, stir well, just before it starts to set up, stir in essential oils. This works wonderfully as a sore muscle rub as well. It’s helpful to have at least a 2 to 1 ratio of coconut oil to beeswax to make it softer and more of an ointment consistency.
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SpecialtyBottle for the tins. The molds can be any form of thick plastic, metal or glass containers. What doesn’t work is pouring the lotion back into a hinged tin. The edges curl over and then it’s difficult to remove the lotion bar. The molds I personally use are ones I had custom made. Before that, I never did find a mold for the large bars that doesn’t eventually warp, or for the small bars that don’t crack. Molds made for chocolate-making would work if you find the correct size. Will I sell my custom-made molds? … nope, I’ve got to keep some secrets for myself 🙂
A food scale works great – a digital scale can be found in the kitchen gadget department of Target or Wal-mart.
Absolutely. Increase the amount of beeswax to make a bar more firm, or more coconut oil to make a softer bar. Greasy lotion bars have too much coconut oil and sticky bars have too much shea butter. Adapt accordingly.
Summer Storage: store your shea butter and coconut oil in the fridge unless you can keep it in a cool, dry place, and read here for more tips on making sure your oils stay fresh.
I’ve replaced the shea butter with avocado butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, and aloe butter, with great results. When I substituted ingredients, I was using one of the above substituted butters and used the overall ratio of 1:1:1 of beeswax to coconut oil to substituted butter). (To ensure the same hardness if you’re trying a new butter, research the melting point of the butter that you’re using in order to find similar melting points as the shea butter or coconut oil.)
Wait until the bar has cooled completely, then freeze. The lotion should pop out when frozen. Otherwise, it may be the mold and you may have to re-melt it and try again using a different mold.