Eczema Relief Lotion Bars

Eczema Relief Lotion Bars Recipe

I get a lot of emails about eczema, and I know many people who struggle with it personally. I’ve talked before about how there is often a connection to a dietary problem for those struggling with eczema and while it is definitely important to address diet, there are some topical solutions that can help offer relief. These eczema relief lotion bars are one of the best options I’ve found for topically helping eczema.

Books like Gut and Psychology Syndrome and Deep Nutrition offer great guidelines on a healing diet that can help with eczema and other skin issues (as well as behavior problems), and I would recommend looking into those books.

Lotion Bars for Eczema

The ingredients in basic lotion bars make them helpful for eczema in many cases. Mango Butter, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter have a natural SPF and nourish the skin while beeswax helps coat the skin and protect it from drying out.

For those with eczema, I’ve found that another ingredient can offer additional benefit: fermented cod liver oil.

Fermented cod liver oil has fat soluble vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids to help the skin heal and to nourish it from the outside-in when the digestive system may not be functioning optimally to facilitate nutrient absorption from food.

These lotion bars are gentle enough for a baby and are excellent at soothing and nourishing skin.

Where to Get The Ingredients

I typically order most of my ingredients in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs and for this recipe, I order:

I order in at least 5 pound quantities which makes these ingredients much cheaper, but only about 4 ounces of each is needed for this recipe. If you don’t live close, MRH shipping can be expensive. I’ve found that there are now also good options on Amazon for all of the ingredients so for this recipe, I order:

NOTE: I’ve ordered Fermented Cod Liver Oil on Amazon because the shipping is so inexpensive with Amazon Prime, but it is much less expensive overall to order from Radiant Life Company and they also offer bulk discounts. I order the plain fermented cod liver oil liquid for this recipe and one bottle lasts for months and months. I use Fermented Cod Liver oil in place of Coconut oil in this recipe since coconut oil can be irritating to some people with eczema.

How to Make Lotion Bar Sticks

Equipment and Tools

  • A double boiler or a glass mason jar sitting on a wash cloth in the bottom of a small saucepan
  • a plastic or wooden spoon for mixing
  • Plastic deodorant containers – You can reuse deodorant containers, but some of them are not solid on the bottom and it will leak through so check this before you start. I used these and they worked really well but if I’d seen them, I would have ordered these since they come with cute labels.
  • Paper towels, old newspaper or rags that can be thrown away (to clean out pan/jar- see instructions below recipe)

Lotion Bar Ingredients

Lotion Bar Instructions

Combine the butters and beeswax pastilles in the top of the double boiler or in a mason jar sitting on a wash cloth in a small saucepan.

Put about an inch of water in the bottom of the double boiler or in the saucepan and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer and stir the top mixture carefully until all ingredients have melted. NOTE: Be careful not to get any water into the butters/oil mixture as it can ruin the bars.

Once all ingredients have melted, remove from heat and add essential oils and fermented cod liver oil.

Stir and quickly and carefully pour into the plastic deodorant molds. If possible, transfer to the refrigerator to harden or let sit on the counter for 4-6 hours or until completely cooled.

Important Note

Do not put the pan or jar in the sink as is or attempt to wash as you would regular dishes. Wipe out the double boiler or pan as much as possible with paper towels, old newspaper or rags that can be thrown away and the wash in hot soapy water as soon as possible.

How to Use Lotion Bars

Use lotion bars on dry skin only. They are not meant to be used in the bath or shower. Rub a thin layer over skin as often as needed.

These lotion bars are not sunscreen but they do have a natural SPF of about 5 and are great for mild sun exposure.

The tubes make this easy to apply to children or babies.

Helpful Resource:

I vividly remember how terrible it was to watch my son suffer through his eczema and I know the pain of not being able to take away the pain/itching a child experiences. The book The Eczema Cure is a very thorough resource and provides answers when it feels like you’ve tried everything else. Use the code WMAMA20 at this link for 20% off.

Lotion Bar Variations

My original lotion bars recipe is one of my more popular recipes and I’ve shared several variations of the basic recipe:

Ever made lotion bars? What kind did you make? Tell me below!

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  1. Love your site, Mama, use it often…….can I use regular cod liver oil? I can’t quite afford the one you recommend, but I do have bad eczema and would like to try making this!

      • I was wondering the same thing. Is cod liver oil itself essential to this or can we use coconut oil? I can afford cod liver oil, but not the fermented stuff.

        • The cod liver oil is an active ingredient. You could try making it with regular cod liver oil, though.

        • Lissa,

          Have you made the lotion bars with the non-fermented cod fish liver oil? If so, what do you think? Are you getting good results? My son has eczema and I really want to make these for him but the fermented cod liver oil is so expensive.

          Thanks,
          Ivonne

  2. Boo boo juice from alma naturals is amazing on eczema. Even works on shingles!

    • What is boo boo juice?. For eczema

  3. What do you know about Molluscum contagious in children? My 3 year old has it for almost 2 years. And I feel at a loss at this point what to do for her?
    I ask this question, but I don’t know where to look if you reply…? I would love your insight if you have any in this area!

    • Try the boo boo juice from alma naturals. It’s very anti viral and I know 2 people that got rid of shingles with it. Plus it helps the itching.

    • Hi. I am not sure I can help or not. My son (he is 6) had one Molluscum spot on his upper cheek for a couple years. I asked about it at his last appointment with his allergist. He told me what it was and that they are common with kids with allergies and that it is in the herpes virus family (that part freaked me out a little). He told me that many times they will go away on their own by age 7-9 when the immune system is better. He said they are common around the eyes and private areas. If they are bad they can be removed by a dermatoligist but he prefers to wait on the immune to system to take care of it. For several years my son has been taking fish oil by Nortic Naturals and now he also takes Elderberry Immune for kids by Nature’s Sunshine. This past month his completely went away! He has milk, peanut and some environmental allergies and those two supplements (along with some probiotics) seem to help him a lot. I don’t know if they would help your child or not but this has been my experience. Oh and the doctor said that they are contagious but usually only on the child that has them. Rubbing and scratching and then touching other parts of the body can cause it to spread.

      • Hi, A little late chiming in here, but if this is a type of herpes virus… This may help. I suffered since I was a child with cold sores on my lips. It was awful. To make matters worse my mom would put this purple crap on it, that looked like a pen leaked on my lip. Anyhow… many years later (they appeared less and less as I grew up) I found something online that advised to take a lysine supplement. And you know what? It works.

        I just purchase it from GNC. I rarely get them now. They appear when my immune system is weakened (after recovering from a cold) or when I over eat. As soon as I feel that itch, I take two tablets (500 mg each). Then a few hours later, another two. And it stops it dead in its tracks. When I don’t notice the itch, and my lip starts swelling, I still take two and it stops it dead in its tracks, and recovery is much, much faster.

        Recently my daughter started getting one 🙁 So I gave her a tablet (I broke it in half for easier swallowing) and in a few hours the bump disappeared!

        The trick for lysine to work is to take it on an empty stomach, an hour before a meal or in between meals, and to take enough of it. (When I originally started taking the lysine, I felt that it didn’t work. One, I wasn’t taking enough and Two, I took it with food.)

        Some people don’t believe in supplements, I didn’t use to either. But the trick for them to work is to take large doses. We have a lysine rich diet and it still isn’t enough to prevent cold sores. So I am a firm believer in supplements (Vitamin C changed our lives).

        Anyhow, hope this helps!

    • My 7 yr old son had Molluscum and I took him to a dermatologist where they scraped the bumps off (they butchered him!). A couple weeks later, he still had severe bruising and new bumps reappeared. The prescription cream did not work so I ended up trying essential oils as a last resort. I put melaleuca on the bumps (diluted 50:50 with FCO) and layered lavender (also diluted 50:50) over it. I applied Frankincense to the bruising on his arm. To treat the virus, I applied oregano (diluted to 1%) and OnGuard (diluted to 1%) on the bottoms of his feet every night. In less than a week, the new spots were gone AND within 2 weeks the bruising was much less noticeable. I have since stopped applying the melaleuca and lavender. I only apply the Frankincense on his bruising 2X a week. I also stopped using the oregano after 2 weeks and apply the OnGuard a few times a week at night. This was my first experience with essential oils and it turned a skeptic into a believer!

  4. The only thing I’ve found to keep my eczema at bay is Emu Oil. There’s a local rancher in my area who raises the birds and makes it himself, 100% Emu Oil and nothing else. It’s also been amazing for treating my cooking burns (it moisturizes, heals, and prevents scars) and surgery scars (my surgeon recommends it to all of his patients).

  5. Question about the recipe: Do we add the Cod Liver Oil after the other ingredients are melted? Or does it go in the double boiler too?

      • Excellent. Thanks!

  6. I have psoriasis on my scalp. Do you have any recommendations on what to use to treat/get rid of it?

  7. hi,
    i was just wondering do you have to use fermented cod liver oil ???

  8. Hi Katie…

    We have been switching over to all natural products as a family. I’ve been trying to make most of them, and your blog has been the most helpful! THANK YOU!

    I had a question: What do you use as a body wash? Do you use a microfiber clothe on your body or a body wash? Also, what do you use for kids for a body wash?

    • I usually use natural homemade soap and microfiber cloth and I use that for the kids as well 🙂

  9. Hello. Can you replace the beeswax with something else?

  10. This may be a really dumb question but I cannot get my kids to take the fermented cod liver oil and high butter – they are 4 and 2. They taste it in everything! Are they able to absorb it through their skin and get all the nutrients?

  11. I am going to try this ASAP. My three year old son has had eczema on the backs of his knees/legs for the longest time. I feel so bad whenever I apply lotion to try and help it and he screams from the pain. I’ll try anything to help my little guy. I’m going to check out the GAPS too. I hope it helps. Thank you so much for sharing what you’ve found!!! I’ve been reading your website for over a year now and I love your homemade recipes!

  12. Katie,

    Do you have an recipes for an all natural anti chafe bar like this for Walkers/Runners. I use bodyglide now but would love a cheaper all natural alternative.

    Thanks,
    Xander

  13. I make lavender lotion sticks in empty chapstick tubes. So cute!

    • I am a 63 year old male. I always had good skin. About 6 months ago I started getting these spots on my lower legs and a little on my hands that look like phorisis, also same time loosing lower leg hair. It is itchy also and I notice the skin appears to be very dry and old looking.
      What could this be?
      Thank you for any advise.
      john

  14. any suggestions for psoriasis??? my husband suffers from it terribly. thank you so much for any tips

    • Hemp oil or butter with Neem Oil

  15. For the eczema bars can I use regular unflavored cod liver oil versus fermented?

  16. Katie, you can clean out any pan you use with a little lemon oil on a paper towel. Then just wash with soap and water.

  17. There is no coconut oil in the ingredient list, but it is included in the instructions. The fermented cod liver oil is in the ingredients, but not included in the instructions. Can you please provide the missing information?

    • Sorry about that. It should be fixed now. Had a glitch with my site that messed up a lot of the ingredients in recipes.

  18. I’m shocked about the coconut oil irritation that you mentioned. My son has severe eczema & we had to put him on oral steroid because it’s gotten so so bad. However, now that he’s been off of it for 4 days his skin is blowing up with eczema. I put coconut oil on him all the time because that is the only thing I can get on him w/o him throwing a huge fit. I’ve often though or wondered could it possibly be coconut oil…..I’m interested in link/books/articles or whatever that explains the coconut oil issues. Thank you so much 🙂

  19. Years ago I was suffering from extremely itchy skin on my abdomen and chest that literally was keeping me awake at night. This went on for a couple of months. I was using a prescription topical cream that only helped temporarily. I also had one itchy spot on the top of my head that had been bothering me for several years. Then someone recommended using a couple of cod liver oil and evening primrose oil capsules twice a day. She had seen this help someone with a severe skin condiiton. I did so and within one week the body itching was gone. Within two weeks the itchy spot on the top of my head was gone. When I stopped using the oils, the itching returned briefly, especially on my head. When I resumed use of the oils the symptoms again went away. I continued to use both for a few months and the itching went away for good. Every once in awhile my elbows will start to get itchy, and if I take these same oils it clears up. It works for me, and that’s my only recommendation.

  20. Hi. Which soap is this on your site? I look forward to purchasing it. Thank You -Kara XO

  21. Battling psoriasis now for almost 30 years. Mine is ever present, it never goes into remission.
    If you have any thoughts or suggestions i would so desperately appreciate it.
    Thanks,
    Deb

    • I have both eczema and psoriasis. Yay, me. lol. Maybe this will help you.

      Suggestion for quick relief when you’re having an eczema ‘breakout’ take 2 00 capsules each:

      Echinacea Root (Angustifolia or Tennesseensis)
      Burdock
      Yellow Dock
      Oregon Grape Root

      Tinctures are best, but powdered herbs work just as well. Take as needed every few hours (its just food). I have been raw from fingertips to elbows before and had skin growing back within the hour. This will also help with the itching.

      I use tea tree shampoo for the psoriasis on my scalp and it helps some. I have some other stuff too, I’ll try and dig up the info tomorrow and post it here.

    • I had chronic psoriasis for 10 years. It’s gone now. I saw a great naturopath near Brisbane Australia.

      My psoriasis comes up when my liver is stressed. That can be from detergent I wash my clothes (so now non-bio only), particular foods (night shades), stress, crappy diet. It first shows up on my elbows. When i notice dry elbows, straight away I take milk thistle in high doses. If it’s liquid I’ll take 10-15 mls three times a day. Also drinking carrot, beetroot and celery juice helps. The milk thistle makes the biggest difference.

    • Hemp oil or butter with Neem Oil, neem Oil stinks! You can add a few drops of lavender EO to mask the smell but it is also healing to your skin as well. Try adding the hemp and neem oil to a butter like Mango or Avocado, make a body butter with it. I made a healing Neem balm for my mom who suffers with terrible psoriasis on her scalp and neck, she no longers has an issue with it. I hope this helps!

  22. how can we buy the eczema lotion I am so tired of dr. visits and its not getting any better and I really do not have time to make the lotion at home or should I say the right things as well.

  23. Does the lotion bar smell of FCLO at all? I can’t stand the smell of FCLO, it makes me gag!

  24. I’m 36; I’ve had eczema since I was a baby. Aside from a dairy sensitivity, which I gave up 8 years ago, the other thing that has helped me is lanolin and natural oils. I don’t use lotions or scented soaps. I go all natural since a dermatologist diagnosed the problem. My skin loves me again!!

  25. hi there I was just wondering with the cod liver oil…. does it smell much when used in this lotion bar? is there a fermented CLO that you can recommend that does not smell?
    thanks

  26. Hi, how much essential oils should I use? Know they are potent so don’t want to hurt my little boys skin!!!
    Didn’t use them last time and it stinks!!

  27. This works wonders! I just discovered your blog but I used this basic recipee when I used to have eczema, more precisely dermatitis and I found out the real cause which is coming from within our bodies, I turned myself towards natural made products, especially the ones that come in touch with the skin such as deodorant, creams and cleansers. These are the real products!

  28. My young son has pretty bad eczema. I’ve found using the essential oils of myrrh, helichrysum, geranium, and blue tansy (mixed with natural lotion or coconut oil) have been very helpful in keeping it under control. I know I need to also clean up his diet (too much sugar and junk) as well.

  29. Thanks for the recipe! What I’ve found also that I wanted to share– helps eczema heal faster– is to just rub on a mixture of coconut oil and lavender essential oil. It clears up in a day or so 🙂

  30. Hi there, I have tried several of the coconut oil recipes and love them except it is pretty hot here in Colorado right now and I can’t keep my body butter or lotion at a usable consistency. If I keep it at room temp (even with AC it gets to be about 80 degrees) it melt into a liquid oil. If I keep it in the fridge downstairs I have to get out of the shower and traipse downstairs to get it and then go back up and wait for it to start to soften in order to use it. Then it’s immediately back downstairs to the fridge. I don’t mind the stair climb just wish I could come up with a better solution. Any suggestions?

    • You could try increasing the amount of beeswax you use in the recipe… It melts too, but not as easily as the oil.

    • You need some type of emulsifier that has a higher melting point blended in with it.

  31. Hi there, can I use the butter oil /FCLO bled instead of just FCLO?
    Thanks!

  32. Can you substitute Coconut Oil for the Fermented Cod Liver Oil? My daughter is not sensitive to coconut oil, and this is for her. 🙂

  33. Do you have a liquid lotion recipe, made with lanolin?

  34. Those with eczema should stop using all detergent based cleansers. Switching to pure soap has eliminated my daughters eczema completely. It never came back after 6 years! Eczema is a reaction to toxins.

    • I was wondering what type of soap?

  35. Can the plastic deodorant containers be washed and used again? If so, what is the best way to do that?

  36. Hi Katie!! I saw someone else ask, but it wasn’t answered, can coconut oil be used instead of FCLO? Coconut oil seems to work well on my kids and the FCLO is so expensive. Thanks in advance!

    • The main reason I recommend the FCLO is because it can irritate eczema, so if your kids are not bothered by the coconut oil, I think that will be fine.

  37. Is it possible to make these bars in a silicone muffin tin like the regular lotion bars?

    Thanks!

  38. Hello Katie. I have recently started following your blog. My daughter, adopted from China, has suffered from eczema since day one. It has been 11 years and we still do not have it under control. We make our own laundry soap, make our own wool dryer balls, use Dove body wash, and have even succumbed to using steroid creams. Our latest venture has been into coconut oil for moisturizing. Do I understand from your October 17th post that coconut oil may be an irritant to eczema? Thank you for giving a concerned mother an option to traditional medicine.

    • I’ve seen it help before, but from my experience, there is almost always a dietary cause… have you tried an elimination diet? Hope your daughter gets better soon!

    • Hi Lisa,

      My cousin who also suffers from eczema is also Chinese and her skin scars terribly. Have you had any luck since your post? I want to try make these for my cousin. Hope your daughter is well.

      Thanks!

      • Hi Bianca,
        We are still using the home made lotion bars. They are easy for my daughter to use and they work better than anything else, however, she does take a break from them and uses Cetaphil or some other thick lotion as well. It seems if she uses anything for an extended period of time, it becomes less effective. She also does photo therapy for the scars. She uses steroid cream only during major flare ups. Something else that has worked well is gauze wraps. We wrap her legs in wet gauze and then cover them in dry gauze. She does this at night for about three days in a row. This has worked great and is, of course, very natural. I hope your cousin can benefit from this!!!

        Lisa

  39. I have been using this bar for the past 3 weeks and finally the recurring itchiness disappeard completely! I am so grateful for this recipe as I don’t have the urge to scratch until it bleeds anymore. But I must say that I need to continue to use it, because if I don’t the itchiness comes back. So this is just a natural way to get rid of the itchiness, but not the cause of it. The only thing I would like know is how to make the ugly scars disappear, because they look really bad. Anyone could help me with this ?

    • Have you addressed diet to get rid of the root cause? I’ve found that shea butter helps with scars.

      • Thank you Katy for the tip, I’ll put sheabutter on the scars. Actually I thought of changing my eating habits (it’s a year that this problem started) and read a lot about paleo diet. The thing is that changing habits is not easy, so I will start and try to reduce carbohydrates (being Italian that’s not easy at all as main courses are nothing but that!). Plus I have two teenage kids who won’t jump with joy with the meal change. Well I’m up for a challenge 🙂
        Your blog is fantastic Katy and I admire you for finding the time to make this site so incredibly interesting. THANK YOU with all my heart.

    • There is two different cod liver oils on the site to buy it. Do you use the oil or more cream textured?

  40. Ok, I understand that you can’t respond to everything but I think this is still the Elephant In The Room Question that still hasn’t been answered. If you do decide to use FCLO in the recipe, is there any detection of the FCLO odor in the bar? obviously I’m sure most people would be turned off by the smell and the ingredient itself is pricey. I do truly love your site though.

    Thank You.

    • There is a very, very slight smell of it, but the essential oils cover it really well in my opinion.

  41. Hi Katie,

    Thanks for an incredible blog! My husband and I feel so much better after incorporating many of your recipes and healthy habits into our daily routines, and we are so grateful to you.

    I have eczema and seem to react a bit to coconut oil, with some itchiness but mostly just drying out. What would be a good alternative? I dislike the texture of lotion bars, and have tried your organic homemade lotion, but still my hands, especially my fingertips and cuticles, are dry and slightly cracked. I’m up for anything I can make that will have the soft texture of lotion or cream!

    • You could try just shea butter… it’s very soothing.

      • Fantastic! Improvement already! I blended the shea butter with some almond oil and lavender essential oil and the texture is quite luxurious. 🙂

  42. I love all these DIY recipes and comments . Just wondering , I have a friend who works as a cosmetologist and her hands are very dry cracked and irritated any suggestions on what DIY hand lotion would work for her ? Thanks

  43. Dear Katie (sorry I misspelled your name previously) maybe you are tired of all the thanks but I can’t but say it over and over again. THANK YOU so much, I have started to improve my cooking habits, less carbohydrates, I did for the first time in my life chicken broth (shame on me) with your recipe and even my kids love it ! All your recipes for body creams and bars have done wonders to my poor skin. The itchiness has gone for good with this special lotion bar and the change in diet. I made some eczema lotion bar for my niece (she is 23) who got a severe allergic reaction to some medication. She told me that it helps reduce the itchiness. Again THANK you for having given me the opportunity to help someone in my family. I’m very very grateful.

  44. Can you use the fermented skate liver oil in place of the cod liver oil??

    Thank you!!

  45. Hi,
    I know this was asked but I didn’t see the answer. How much essential oil should you use for the above recipe?

  46. Just wanted to share what helps us with eczema.
    Chamomile flowers. (I buy mine in Tesco £4 but if you can buy organic, much better)
    Purify some water (you can find videos of this on you tube but please avoid plastic)
    You don’t need much water, about 1liter.
    As you put your fireproof dish in the water add about 2 tablespoons of the chamomile flowers and let it brew there as the water is boiling.
    You will only need about half a cup of the purified water-chamomile liquid because you want the liquid to be strong.
    Let the flowers brew for about 20 minutes altogether then put it through a sieve and apply to the skin as needed. Start using it when it has cooled down pop a cotton bud in to wipe the skin or use your clean hands on a bigger area.
    I use this on my 2 year old. I think it does sting her a bit as she does cry sometimes(but so do some of the creams we put on them) and it only lasts for a few seconds afterwards she calms down and stops scratching.
    It will dry the skin but heal it at the same time. Use your usual moisturiser after it has dried up or while still wet.
    I find this especially useful when she scratches so bad that she bleeds. I wipe over it , she stops scratching, it quickly dries up then I apply moisturiser.
    I also have cut out sugar yeast wheat and milk from her diet in case she has candida imbalance in her guts.

  47. could you please tell me what oils you use and how many drops???

  48. Thanks for this! I made some of these (but used coconut oil instead of fish oil) and within 12 hours the eczema spot I had on my hand is almost gone!

  49. I have a couple of questions, but before that I want to tell you that I admire what you do, so many natural stuff you make for you and your family… amazing! Like we say in my country (Colombia) “Me quito el sombrero”. You are an amazing woman.
    Is this lotion to use only when the skin is irritated? I’ve had eczema for many years and about 2 months ago I decided to go natural by just using natural oils, including coconut oil. But it did not go well for me. My skin got super irritated so I had to go back to the lotion I’ve been using for years and to hydrocortisone to relief the itching and keep it under control, but I still want to stop using that stuff and use natural things.
    I’ve heard that some times when your body is improving the condition seems worse for a while and then it gets better. I don’t know if that’s my case or if I just need to use something different. I have been using Olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil and essential oils like lavander, chamomille and tea tree. I just use them randomly, not all together.
    Is there a recipe you’d recommend for me?
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    • Honestly, the lotion bars are great for skin even if it’s not irritated. The ingredients are soothing to irritated skin, of course, but they are also nourishing and moisturizing if you are just using them as a normal lotion. If you have the ingredients, it’s probably worth an experiment.

  50. Hi! I’m interested in making these for my son’s eczema but he is allergic to all fish and shellfish — so no cod liver oil. Is there another recommended ingredient to sub this out? thank you!

  51. Any chance you can elaborate why coconut oil might be irritating to eczema affected skin? I have a 5-month old with eczema and going through lots of scratching and bleeding. Thanks!

  52. How many plastic tubes/sticks will this batch make?

  53. Is there a vegan version of this? (Not using cod liver oil)?

  54. Hi Katie! I’m going to make these bars today and was hoping to use the essential oils I have on hand and not have to buy any new ones. Do you think lemon and lavender would work well or do you know of a reason not to use them? I also have peppermint. Most of my other oils are blends and not single oils. Also, I never saw in the instructions or comments how many drops of oil to use. Thank you so much for all your help! Blessings!

    • The essential oils are mostly for scent, so the number of drops to use is up to you. Your oils may have come with instructions to indicate how many drops might be appropriate in an application like this. Lavender and lemon would smell really good, I think. Just be cautious of applying and then going out in the sun: lemon can increase photosensitivity.

      • Great! Thanks so much! I’m going to make a couple versions of your lotion bars and also deodorant. The eczema relief bars are mainly for my kids and I’m going to make some others for me and my husband. I’ve read that cedarwood is beneficial to the skin as well and since it has a woodsy scent, thought that would work for my husband’s deodorant. This is my first time making my own beauty products so thank you for the great direction!

  55. Hi my name is Jay and I absolutely love all your different recipes:)! My so has eczema and I’m searching to find a great soap recipe that I could make at home- I was wondering if you have a soap recipe with Shea butter, mango butter and coconut oil in it. I would love to have such a recipe to follow. I have never made soap before so I definitely need an exact recipe and links to buy the ingredients. It’s been so frustrating trying to keep my sons skin healthy. I saw your body cream and I’m gonna try to make that as well but I also need a similar soap. Does soap need lye in it or can you use glycerin instead..? Thank you so much. I hope you can email me a recipe if you have time. Thank you and have a blessed day. -Jay

  56. Can I use the FCLO/Butter Oil Blend for this? I’m wondering if it will not only change the consistency, but also have any negative effects on the skin for someone with severe eczema? I prefer to take the blend as a supplement but cannot afford to buy both. Also, is there any danger in putting either recipe on eczema that has broken skin or lesions?

  57. Hi Katie!

    My name is Bianca, I live in South Africa and it’s often tricky to find health shops that stock all of these ingredients. Thank you so much for this recipe. My little cousin suffers from eczema and is often teased about it. I want to try these for her. A few questions: Can I use coconut oil or grapeseed oil instead of mango/shea? And can I use mandarin EO instead of basil? Are there any other additions I can add to help her? Her skin scars so easily.

    Thank you so much!

    Bianca

  58. Hi Katie!

    Do you use Cinnamon flavored Cod Liver Oil or non-flavored? Your link goes to the Cinnamon one, but it seems like that might be irritating to the skin. TIA! Kim

  59. Dear Katie,

    I am very willing to try this lotion bar on my daughter. I only have question about beeswax – since it can not be found in pastilles in my country, only in “block” form from the local honey producers, can you please tell me how many grams is in 3 tablespoons?
    Thank you so much in advance!!!
    Best regards,
    Marija

  60. Hi Katie
    My daughter has a very severe eczema on her eyelid, the skin on the eyelid is broken, lesion, and puffy. Which recipe should I used to help her condition get better. You recommended the sea salt spray, is that going to heal the broken and lesion. Please advice. Thank you so much. Judy

  61. HI there- how many drops of essential oil per batch? Thanks!

  62. I have a daughter with an eczema patch that is recurring in the same place daily. My oldest daughter has a fish allergy so I’m wondering what could be used in place of the cod liver oil so that we don’t risk reaction with my oldest daughter? Thanks so much! I look forward to trying this if we can get an alternative active ingredient! : )

  63. Hi there!
    I am also wondering what makes coconut oil irritating to someone with eczema? Thank you, love your blog. 🙂

  64. Hello, do I have to use the plastic deodorant containers, or can I make these bars the same way you make your original lotion bars? I usually make lotion bars in a mold and hope to do that with these too. Thank you!

    • You can make these in a mold as well…

  65. I have eczema. It gets worse when I swim in the pool.

  66. I look forward to trying these bars.Thanks for the recipe. My husband’s feet is covered in bumps he is constantly scratching them causing it to bleed I hope this works crossing my fingers 🙂

  67. Hi, is there an alternative to fermented code liver oil that would help similarly? My niece has eczema and I’d like to prepare some of those bars for her but I’m vegan and I don’t use anything that comes from animals or fish. I even replace bee wax by candelilla was and/or carnauba wax (both extracted from plants).
    Thank you.

  68. Hi! This is our first serious eczema outbreak, and after a number of doctors finally landed on, “just keep putting the steroid cream on,” which wasn’t making the slightest change, I’m taking matters into my own hands, while we wait an eternity for one more doctor, a pediatric dermatologist who is familiar with crohn’s, which my son has (and which I think is related).
    I think the $50 cost of the fermented oil is nothing compared to the costs of all the creams and medicines we just tried, not to mention switching sunblock three times. Plus the non dollar of the embarrassment and itching my son has had to endure.

    I’m throwing my lot in with this home remedy, plus bone broth, DHA, calendula, and cocoa butter. We’ll see!

    Seems to be working.
    One thing, WM, if you could put the weight of solid items, that would be helpful (ie Shea butter), but totally not required. Thanks for your wonderful and helpful posts about natural healing.

  69. Thanks so much for all your info! I use a lot of your recipes:-) Amazing stuff!
    Do I have to use cod liver oil? Can I replace it with something else? Anything except coconut oil.
    Or can I just leave it out completely?

    • You can omit it or replace with another good quality fish oil

  70. Hi. looking forward to trying this recipe. Is there a version that uses weight (grams) instead of quantities (cups)? Thanks in advanced.