How to Make Lotion Bar Sticks

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What Are Lotion Bars?

Lotion bars are a very moisturizing body lotion in solid form. They look like a bar of soap but are used on dry skin. My original lotion bars recipe is one of my more popular recipes and I’ve shared several variations of the basic recipe:

An Easier Way

The one complaint I’ve gotten about the lotion bars is that they can be hard to apply and store. After I started making my own deodorant in deodorant containers, I realized that those containers would work wonderfully for lotion bars and solve both problems.

Now, I make lotion bars in deodorant tubes to make them easier to store and use. They are also much easier to give as gifts this way and there are so many ways to customize them.

A Word On Ingredients

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 (I already have coconut oil on hand). If you don’t live close, MRH shipping can be expensive. I’ve found that there are now also good options on Amazon for the ingredients, so for this recipe, I order:

Whatever ingredients you choose, just make sure they are unrefined and organically sourced.

Equipment & Tools Needed for Lotion Bar Sticks

  • 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)
These lotion bar sticks are an easy way to use lotion bars. Shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil make an incredibly moisturizing combination for all skin types.

Lotion Bar Stick Recipe

Make lotion bar sticks stored in deodorant containers that can be rubbed on for easy application.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours
Author Katie Wells




  • Combine the butters, beeswax pellets, and coconut oil in the top of the double boiler or in a mason jar sitting on a washcloth 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 simmer and stir the mixture carefully until all the ingredients have melted. NOTE: Be careful not to get any water in to the butters/oil mixture as it will ruin the bars.
  • Once all ingredients have melted, remove them from the heat.
  • Stir in essential oils.
  • 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: When finished, do not put the pan or jar directly into the sink 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 then 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.

Prefer to Purchase Pre-Made Lotion Bars?

If you want to use lotion bars but don’t have the time/ingredients to make them yourself, I found a great small business, Made On, that makes all kinds of lotion bars, soaps, natural baby products and hair products that are up to my standards. Their website is (Note: Affiliate link… the price is discounted for you and I get a small commission to support my blog!)

Ever made your own lotion bars at home? Ready to give it a try? Share below!

These lotion bar sticks are an easy way to use lotion bars. Shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil make an incredibly moisturizing combination for all skin types.

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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.


90 responses to “How to Make Lotion Bar Sticks”

  1. Normajean Avatar

    Hi Katie
    I make these still today. I use comfrey in some of them the bug bites scrapes aches and pain etc. but found it to also be a great herb for my face. I use it mostly in the winter when the stick stays quite hard.
    I just rub the lotion stick on my face in several spots and then finish rubbing in with my hands.
    Must help some as i am about to turn 62 and was told by several that i have met since we moved to Arkansas, that i don’t look even close to that. Such a nice compliment to hear! I know as a rule i do look a bit younger but not by to much in my own estimation, however to hear this from others is so nice.
    I hadn’t used anything this past couple of years after we made they move with all the work we had to do to get the property in shape and notice i am having the brown aging liver spots hanging around on my face. I am hoping the comfrey will help repair them again.
    I always come back to your site to get my instructions as that is where i learned and it has served me all these years.

  2. Marilee Love Avatar
    Marilee Love

    I just have to tell you what a brilliant idea. I really like this. You got good ideas!

  3. Anna Knudsen Avatar
    Anna Knudsen

    I can’t see how many plastic containers this recipe is for?`

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