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. Mark Avatar

    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.

  2. Monica Avatar

    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 ?

      1. Monica Avatar

        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.

    1. Denise Avatar

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

  3. Lisa Lancour Avatar
    Lisa Lancour

    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.

    1. Bianca Avatar

      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.


      1. Lisa Avatar

        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!!!


  4. Jessica Avatar

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


    1. Marie Avatar


      I made these bars in a silicone muffin tin with paper liners, worked perfectly!

  5. Amber Hewell Avatar
    Amber Hewell

    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!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

  6. Mandy Avatar

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

  7. Cameo phillips Avatar
    Cameo phillips

    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.

  8. Carnette Eigsti Avatar
    Carnette Eigsti

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

  9. Anne Avatar

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

  10. Silviya Rankova Avatar
    Silviya Rankova

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

  11. Cassandra Avatar

    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?

    1. Reed Avatar

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

  12. espinelli Avatar

    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 🙂

  13. Sierra Avatar

    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.

  14. Giulia Avatar

    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!

  15. Melissa crewes hartland Avatar
    Melissa crewes hartland

    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!!

  16. goleta Avatar

    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?

  17. Jolene Avatar

    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!!

  18. Dora Avatar

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

  19. sania Avatar

    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.

  20. Debi Furlong Avatar
    Debi Furlong

    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.

    1. Christian Avatar

      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)
      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.

    2. Kara Avatar

      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.

    3. Alyssa Avatar

      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!

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