Eczema Relief Lotion Bars

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Eczema Relief Lotion Bars Recipe
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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. I especially like to use them after a colloidal oatmeal bath, which are great for eczema as well.

Where to Get The Ingredients

I typically order most of my ingredients in bulk, 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!

These eczema relief lotion bars combine nourishing mango butter with fermented cod liver oil and beeswax to coat and protect skin so it can heal.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


149 responses to “Eczema Relief Lotion Bars”

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      You could try maybe 5-15 drops for some light scent (.25-.5% dilution). Some people with eczema find essential oils irritating though so it depends on the person.

  1. Gentle Chikani Avatar
    Gentle Chikani

    What substitute can be used for cod liver oil to make it vegan? I don’t use any animal product because I am vegan. Thank you so much!

  2. mary Avatar

    The amazon link for the fermented cod liver oil takes you to flavored cod liver oil! Is that ok to use or is that a glitch?

  3. Marie Avatar


    THANK YOU for this recipe! Do these bars need to stay in the fridge? And how long do they keep?


  4. Vicky Avatar

    Hi there. I just found out that you can re-use deodorant containers that are perforated at the bottom. Check out this youtube video to show you how. First make sure the little stick that moves up and down inside has moved the platform all the way to the bottom of the dial, this would be the starting position it is in when you first buy/start a deodorant. Then you remove a little disk cover off the bottom of the tube where the dial is (I used a really pointy knife), turn it upside down with the cap on, and fill it with your homemade deodorant with the cap on. Then replace the disk at the bottom and wait for the deodorant or lotion to solidify before turning right side up.

  5. Alicia Avatar

    Do I have to put these in deodorant sticks, or can I use my silicone molds I already own?
    Also, other than grapefruit or basil is there any essential oil you would recommend to aide in the healing of eczema?

  6. Mihaela Avatar

    Can I use this cream as regular moisturizer daily? as opposed to only when I notice the skin is dry?
    Thank you!

  7. Christyn Avatar

    Love this. Thank you. My daughter has extremely bad eczema.

  8. Anya Avatar

    Does anyone know/has anyone tried using fermented cod liver oil *pills* instead and just breaking them open to get the contents inside?? If so, does it work the same?? Thanks! 🙂


  9. Tracey Avatar

    Is there another alternative to the fermented cod liver oil. I am sure it is probably amazing but it’s very pricey here. I do have avocado oil/sweet almond oil/jojoba oil and ordinary cod liver oil in the cupboard could I use any of these to substitute?

    1. Anya Avatar


      The regular cod liver oil should probably work just fine!

      Hope this helps! 🙂

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