A "Lotion Bar" or, a "Butter Bar", is a mix of your favorite butters and oils made harder (higher melting point) by a wax.
The end result is a solid bar that you apply on your skin much like a surfer puts wax on her board
Advantages of a Lotion Bar: no liquid oil mess, no having to melt butter in your hands before applying, super easy to apply, added advantages of Beeswax, fun to make!
Disadvantages of a Lotion Bar: it will melt under high heat making a HUGE mess if you don't have it in a container, if you do, then it will be impossible to get it out of container without melting it again, the beeswax may feel a little heavy on your skin, finding the perfect recipe may be a bit like making a cake without proper measure of ingredients.
Yep, I am still in favor.
Most Butter Bars are for body, but seeing that:
1. I have the perfect oils and butters. 2. Winter skin needs all the help and protective layers it can get. 3. Ocean, waves, tracking, hot showers, wind, sun, working out, Jeep rides also get our faces dry, peeling and in desperate need of a heavier help. 4. I am lazy and love how easy it is to use a butter bar. 5. Beeswax and Candelilla Wax (for vegan recipes, we will talk about it later) have a low comedogenic point, actually helping with skin conditions. I decided to make a series of recipes for FACIAL BUTTER BARS!
They will be a little softer than the Body Butter Bars, you will need to be a bit more careful with them, also I like to make them small, easier to apply to every spot on your face or just where needed.
You will need: Medium sized pan Very clean glass jar with lid. Waxed paper cups for molds (for small bars I use the 3 oz. cups they sell for rinsing after brushing your teeth, you can re-use them, be mindful of our environment). A clean rag or kitchen towel.
Ingredients (for THREE just under 1 oz. bars or TWO 1.25 oz. bars, I like making mine smaller) Tucuma 1.25 oz. Pracaxi 0.75 oz. Beeswax (organic raw is my favorite) 0.5 oz.
How to Make: Melt wax first, after it is all melted add butters and then after the mix is liquid add oil, check if the oil have hardened the wax, if it does melt for a bit longer, if not take out of the heat.
JAR WILL BE HOT! Dry the jar well so o water gets in your bar and pour melted contents intoyour mold. Bars should be hard in no time, if you live in a hot place pop them in the fridge for a few minutes. I hope you enjoy it!
You will need a little container to take them around, if you are using them at home, you can keep them in the cup, keep one by the bed, one in the bathroom and one in the fridge.
IF YOU LIVE IN A SUPER HOT PLACE OR SUPER COLD PLACE RE-THINK WAX QUANTITY! DO NOT LET IT MELT IN YOUR CAR OR PURSE, BIG MESS!