Winter Bliss Lotion Bars

Winter Bliss Lotion Bars Recipe

I’m still learning to love winter. As a southern girl originally from Texas, I’ve had to adjust to cold weather, but I’m finally starting to love it. This new recipe is one of the reasons why.

To me, winter conjures up memories of hot chocolate and peppermints, wassail and warm baths.

Winter Bliss Lotion Bars

I wanted to find a lotion recipe that tied in my favorite smells and flavors of winter while nourishing my skin. I’d made many variations of lotion bars before but I wanted one that would be perfect for winter and make a great (and great-smelling) gift for winter.

These lotion bars were the result.

I also found these colorful tubes for around a dollar each and ordered them to use for gifts. (Note: The dark ones are out of stock but the lighter colored ones are available here… I liked these tubes because they can fill from the bottom so they have the rounded top like a new deodorant bar) Any empty deodorant tubes will work, and they can also be made in silicon molds and used without the tube.

What You’ll Need


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup Shea butter
  • 1/3 cup beeswax
  • 10 drops each of essential oils of choice. I used wintergreen, peppermint, lavender and orange

What to do:

  1. Melt shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler.
  2. Remove from heat and add essential oils.
  3. Carefully pour into empty deodorant containers and let set until hardened. If using bottom-fill containers, I found that a plastic dropper or tiny funnel (like a flask funnel) helps a lot.
  4. To use: Rub carefully on dry skin to nourish and moisturize.

Notes: Use caution with essential oils of any kind, especially wintergreen and peppermint on children or pregnant women and always ask a doctor before using any herb or essential oils.

 Ever made lotion bars? What was your favorite?

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  1. This sounds lovely! I’d love to make these, if I can get the ratios right, of course 🙂

  2. Sounds fun butp the ingredients have question marks instead of the quantities.

    • 1/3 cup each coconut, shea and beeswax is what the recipe states

  3. oops! the recipe seems to be incomplete…unless the question marks mean I can choose how much of each ingredient I use depending on how much I want to make?

  4. What are the measurements? Equal parts?

  5. Hi, Katie. I love your site. It’s one of my favorites. I just love all the DYI cosmetics. I learnt a lot from your page. I am a loner paleo at my house. But lately my mother started using oils to moisturize her skin too. I love this sticks. They are just brilliant. By the way, it’s not related but I really wanted to know your opinion about laser depilation. I have very sensitive skin. My skin is very white-rosy but my hair is dark and very think. So I can’t use any razor and I always do wax. The problem with my skin is later on the hairs don’t come out easily. Many times they get infected. And right now I have two bumps in my under arm. Today I went to see the doctor just in case because you never know and he told me to reconsider doing laser. I am all into it but at the same time do you think it’s natural?? Thank you very much. I appreciate your opinion.

  6. I really wish there was a way I could just purchase most of this stuff you make. I don’t have time or room to make my own DIY Beauty Products but want to try your stuff so much.

  7. What are the ratios of the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax? I only see “?” Thank you for publishing recipes like this.

  8. Maybe it’s my browser (Chrome) but the ingredients are reading as “? cup coconut oil, ? cup Shea butter, ? cup beeswax, 10 drops each of essential oils”. Would love to know the exact proportions 🙂 Oh and is that 40 drops of oils since you used four different kinds or 10 drops total? Thank you! And I love your site!

  9. How much coconut oil, beeswax,, and shea butter do you use? The recipe is showing ? Rather than amt. I would like to use silicon molds, what type of container would you use to protect the lotion bar? I think this is a great gift idea I have the molds but not sure how to package. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for all you do and the help you provide.


    • 1/3 cup of each

    • My computer sees 1/3 cup each of the shea, coconut oil and beeswax, and 10 drops EACH of the essential oils you choose, I’m guessing for a total of 40 for whatever essential oils you choose.

  10. I can see them, they read:
    1/3 cup coconut oil
    1/3 cup Shea butter
    1/3 cup beeswax
    10 drops essential oils

    • thank you!

  11. I totally agree with Mackenzie – could you please just sell me 2 of the lotion bars??? PLEASE. Let me know a price. I cannot take on one more task…

  12. First, your site is amazing! I don’t think I could do this transformation to natural health without your help. This recipe is outstanding! Can you help me with a scent issue? While my bars smell natural, they are not smelling like the essential oils I’ve added (Orange Bliss and Lavender). Can you tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanks!

  13. I love this recipe but I am slightly confused. I notice that you said to be careful about essential oils which was something that I had not noticed before so I looked on the bottles that I was using and they said to not apply it to your skin or ingest it (although in the comments on amazon people were doing it anyway) so is it safe to use or is it just a disclaimer. I am concerned because I was planning on giving these out for Christmas and I have already made them but now I am not sure I feel comfortable giving it out or even using it The essential oils I used are the NOW foods peppermint oil and woozies lavender 100% essential oil off of amazon.

    • You don’t want to use undiluted essential oils on your skin. Also, women who are pregnant/breastfeeding and small children should not use the oils, or avoid most. Lavender is ok for little ones, as is chamomile, but peppermint is not a good one for kids.

  14. Would cocoa butter be a good substitute for the shea butter? I already have it however I don’t want to use something that won’t work if there’s a problem with cocoa butter.
    Thank you!

    • The only reason I can think that you might want to not use it is the smell of the cocoa butter. It can have a more defined odor (not unpleasant) than shea butter.

  15. Thank you Katie for such great ideas. You made my Christmas gift giving so much more fun. I made 25 lip balms that were received with awe and delight (because it is a great recipe and how many people make their own lip balm right?). Next Christmas my gifts will be the your suggestion of “Gifts from A Far lotion bars”. Addressing one of your readers comments above – Because I encountered this as well I wanted to also respond to one of your readers concern about her end product not having the smell of her essential oil. My choice of essential oil for the lip balms was tangerine vs peppermint. I ended up using easily 3-4 times the amount of oil advised if using peppermint which makes sense due to peppermint being a very potent smell. I finally gave up trying to achieve that perfect tangerine smell and was content with the prominence smell of the sweet bees wax. . . when hunting online for the best bees wax pellets I kept running into reviews about their wax having a chemical smell and that it came from china. Because of that I chose to order my wax from Mountain Rose Herbs (Katie’s recommendation) as they stated theirs comes from the US. It’s not as inexpensive as Amazon options but it did indeed arrive with a beautiful sweet aroma (no icky chemical smell) . . . that dominates the tangerine essential oil in my lip balms.
    TIP suggestion for lip balm- Once you fill all the lip balm tubes with wax and they have had a few minutes to harden up don’t try and top them off with new balm formula with the intention of trying to fill in that little hole. The newer wax has a tendency to separate from the older 🙁

  16. Not to sound stupid, but why a lotion bar? My 14 year old asked since we just use lotion in tubes. I had no idea how to answer. lol

    • That’s not a stupid question. Lotion bars are a convenient form factor, especially for kids (ever had a 3-year-old get ahold of a bottle of lotion?).

      • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of your ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom!
        I noticed these ingredients are the same as your magnesium body butter (without the magnesium). I like the idea of the body bar better than the body butter. How could the magnesium flakes/oil be incorporated into this recipe. Also, what are your thoughts about adding vitamin E drops as well?!

        • The vitamin E oil should be no issue. Don’t add too much so as not to mess with the consistency of the bars. With magnesium oil, I am not sure it can be done. The magnesium oil works in a cream or lotion, but I don’t think you would have a bar if you use it with this recipe. Then again you might be fine with a Winter Bliss lotion instead 😉 Let me know if you try it!

    You know, I actually use a very similar recipe, sans beeswax, as my daily moisturizer, inspired by you! 2 parts shea butter, one part coconut oil. It’s SO creamy. And I use it on my skin in the winter when it gets dry. Last night I even experiment adding 1/2 part cocoa butter and talk about moisture retention! I’m a summer baby and while my winters are mild, they are SO dry. Love your site. Love your recipes. LOVE LOVE LOVE and Merry Christmas. Thanks, wellness mama!

  18. This may sound dumb from the newbie, but are you making one scent for each bar? Or mixing them all together?

    • Not at all! I like the mix of scents myself, but it would be fun to do an individual scents in each bar.

  19. I apologize if this question has already been asked. If using a silicon muffin tin, how many lotion bars would this recipe make?

  20. One more question (or maybe 2): I see that Mountain Rose Herbs is out of shea butter…would cocoa butter be an acceptable sub for this recipe? If not, any quality recommendations for shea butter that can be purchased from Amazon Prime?

    • Xica –I purchased my Shea Butter (raw, organic) from Essential Depot directly due to a great special they were offering but I noticed that they also sell through Amazon. I am VERY happy with their quality. It came in a plastic jar.

  21. Hi Katie,

    I have been waiting to order shea butter from Mountain Rose Herbs but they have not had it in stock for a while now.
    Can you suggest some other places where we can get reliable unrefined organic shea butter.

  22. I purchased the pink and white for lotion bars and they leaked 🙁 I have the green and black but before I use them I wanted to know if they leaked for anyone?

  23. Love you blog and posts on healthy recipes for you body. I have been doing no poo for 9 months and the oil cleansing method for 5 months and all is well. But what about cleaning your body? I do a lot of hot yoga so I find acne sometimes on my back and chest and was interested to hear on what the cleanest and healthiest mix is to use for your body. Thanks!!!

  24. OK, I’m new to all this, and I made one batch of lotion bars, which are amazing!!! Wanted to make a different scent today, and the mason jar broke in the pan of water! What am I doing wrong? Too much water? Too big a burner? Please help!!!

  25. It’s best to put the glass jar into cold water then heat..
    Putting a cold glass jar directly into boiling water can cause it to crack and break, hope this helps ?

  26. If you just want to use peppermint oil on it’s own, is it 40 drops or is it 10 drops..
    I want a strong peppermint fragrance, thank you.

    • I’d experiment and find what you like for scent. Peppermint is strong, so you probably would not need the full 40

  27. How many tubes does this recipe make/fill? Thank you

  28. Hi, I am a newby to the DIY stuff and your Blog, and after a week of readings I am already in love with all of it!

    I tried this recipe, made 3 bars. I gave one bar to my husband to try and he didn’t like it too much, because it’s too greasy. I used unrefined Shea butter, yellow bee wax pellets and coconut oil bought off Amazon. We also live in Florida (if that matters). I was wondering if I melt them down and add more beeswax or maybe coco butter would it make a difference? (Husband is a big fan of Palmers lotion and chopstick, but I would like to him to make the leap and use all home made lotions)

    Also I would like to ask how can you tell if a Shea butter is good? The one that I got came as chunk and is kinda grayish?

    Thank you!

    • Definitely more beeswax would help. You might also make a few small batches with different oils to see if something else works better for him. I like sunflower and jojoba in many cases, as they absorb more readily and are non-comedogenic. I still love coconut, but different oils may work better for different people and skin types. For dry skin, I add olive or avocado oil. I almost always buy organic, non GMO. I am fortunate to have a local Green Market, a Costco and Whole Foods in driving distance, and a really impressive Wal-Mart that has started to carry some pretty good options. Support your local stores if you can, then look to Amazon.

  29. IT’S GREAT FOR ECZEMA! I made this cream without any essential oils for my eczema and it worked out great! I’ve had severe eczema all over my body for a while now, and this is the very first time I use a cream that actually keeps my skin hydrated. It’s the best!!! Now, I’m finding other tricks to heal my eczema, but a good hydration cream was definitely the first step. Thank you so much! 🙂

  30. Hello, thanks for all the DIY recipes.
    I have a question, I bought a block of bees wax from a local bee keeper, but the block has some dust (maybe even dirt?) and I wonder if there’s any way to clean it.
    I feel it would be a shame to just throw it away.
    Thank you.

  31. Just tried your peppermint lip balm…. Excellent!
    I want to try your winter bliss lotion but can you tell me what are the equivalent weights in Grams?

  32. I make my own lotion but it is rather thick.. I use a bit of organic castor oil, but haven’t tried adding the beeswax. I may have to try that with my next batch. I buy my shea butter from THRIVE… it is a organic Fair Trade product. Very nice quality. I like the bar idea.