Slow Cooker Lotion Bars

Slow cooker lotion bars will change the way you make your own lotion! When you make lotion bars in a slow cooker, you will eliminate the messy mixing spills on your table!

Slow cooker lotion bars will change the way you make your own lotion! When you make lotion bars in a slow cooker, you will eliminate the messy mixing spills on your table!

I have been seeing homemade lotion bars for a while now, and I am very intrigued. All the recipes require melting the flammable beeswax in a double boiler. Ever since I tried to make haystacks in my 20’s and exploded a double boiler and butterscotch chips all over my mothers ceiling, I have not been a fan of them.

So I thought, let’s make SLOW COOKER lotion bars instead! Sometimes I amaze myself with my genius LOL! It totally worked.
2 slow cooker lotion bars on a cork background

I wanted to make these because I suffer from psoriasis. It is not pretty, and it’s the main reason you rarely will see my hands in tutorials. When the weather changes every year, it gets worse. I have tried every cream, salve, and prescription medication available. Using those makes it a little better, but it will never go away.

The only times it has ever completely gone away were when I lived in California, and the two times I was pregnant. It will always be a nagging companion, and I want something natural and emollient to put on it. I have found when it comes to lotions, the thicker, the better, but walking around in Aquaphor all day is not possible.

Hand with psoriasis

So here are the ingredients I used to make the slow cooker lotion bars. You can also add scent, but I did not, as sometimes it will aggravate instead of help.

Ingredients used to make slow cooker lotion bars

Slow Cooker Lotion Bars: Ingredients

 

 
And don’t forget these Crockpot Liners, so you are not trying to clean dried wax off of your slow cooker! It makes the clean up effortless.
 You will need to use a scale to measure the ingredients, so I used my weight watchers scale. Make sure you put in equal measurements of Wax, Butter, and Oil, then add in your Vitamin E Oil. I used 4 oz of each component and used a 4 cup Crock Pot.
adding sea butter to a slow cooker that has has a crockpot liner in it
Turn the Crock Pot on high and wait about 1 hour, until everything has melted.
Making slow cooker lotion bars

Check on the mixture every so often. The oil and butter will melt first, but the bees wax takes a little longer.

Making lotion bars in a slow cooker

Eventually, you will have this liquid gold!

Making lotion bars in a slow cooker

There are many things you can use as a mold for your slow cooker lotion bars, like silicone pans, muffin pans, soap molds, ice cube trays, etc.

I used muffin pans lined with muffin papers, because my pans are old, and you will notice the crud in the pics. I used a gravy ladle and filled them 1/2 full with hot wax to make 48 bars
Put the slow cooker lotion bars in the fridge, and in just about 10-20 minutes, they will be solid.
slow cooker lotion bars in a muffin tin after they've cooled in the refridgerator
As an experiment on the last tray, to add scent to the lotion bars, I threw in a little vanilla flavoring. It started bubbling with all the other ingredients, which was cool to watch, and it worked!
2 finished slow cooker lotion bars
So when you need a little lotion, you just grab one of these babies. Rub it on your hands or your skin, then the heat from your body will warm it up.

Here are some variations of slow cooker lotion bars that you can try:

  • Use cocoa butter instead of shea butter.
  • Add any essential oil, like lavender oil, to make them smell good.
  • You can use a combination of oils, or other oils instead of coconut, like olive oil if you want.
This project has made me want to try to make homemade soap. I hope you enjoy these crock pot lotions bars. They make great gifts if you put them in cellophane bags from the dollar store! They cost out to about 50 cents a bar, and I can already say they are awesome.

199 Responses

  1. I have Psoriasis too and I completely understand what you say about the nagging companion. I’ve been researching about DIY soaps, have you made it already? I’ll try the lotion bars. Thanks for sharing!
    1. Have I made DIY Soaps? Not for my psoriasis but I have used Dove unscented for years. The lotion bars are great you will love them
  2. Daryl Ann says:
    Great ideas, thanks for sharing!!! I’m confused about your experience with exploding a double boiler though. It sounds more like what one would experience with a pressure cooker. I can’t imagine how you could do any damage cooking anything in a double boiler, which is basically heating food in an open bowl over boiling water. Regardless, thanks much for explaining so well the crock pot method. I’ll definitely be trying this!
    1. It confounds me as well but it happened. The water boiled out so it was dry heat building up and I didn't use a bowl I used the double boiler where the top pot fits down into the bottom one so it was not see through.
  3. Does it matter if you use coconut oil or virgin coconut oil? Just want to check before trying out. Thanks
  4. I didn't look through all comments so this may have been asked, how do you store these since you are making 48 bars? What is the shelf life? My son also has psoriasis the dermatologist had him try lots of different creams and shampoo's and sprays. She told us once too bad you don;t live by an ocean, the salt water would help. We went on vacation to the ocean after just a couple days in the ocean it completely cleared up his skin and 4 months later it's still clear, but we want back to ocean again as preventative, so it doesn't come back. Much better treatment than all the steroid stuff they had him on.
    1. I put them in a plastic container and keep them in my fridge till I'm ready to use one so they stay hard, but I kept them in a plastic bag in my purse for over a month with no issues.
      1. I've made these for years using deodorant tubes from specialty bottling co.
      2. I've kept them in a plastic container for four months with no problem! They just need to be kept away from heat so that don't melt. The last one was just as wonderful as the first one!
  5. Great idea to use a lined crockpot! If your crockpot ever croaks, you could also put a pan of water on to boil & then hook the handle of a pyrex over the lip of it. It works just the same as a double boiler, so it's a safe way to heat up waxes like beeswax without having to worry about it lighting on fire in the microwave ;)
    1. Yea I don't think I could live without a crockpot and I have exploded the top of a double broiler before so I only use them when I'm forced to ha ha ha
  6. I've been looking at videos and different recipes for lotion bars. You are the rock star by far. Simple ingredients, the least mess, and easy clean up. you have inspired me to try this.Everyone else made it to difficult.
  7. Ideas on what to keep them in while in your purse, counter etc. Ive made lotion bars before and left on counter in bathroom but they got covered in hair and dust. Ziploc not too pretty. Cant wait to try your recipe.
    1. You can also pour them into roll up chapstick or deodorant containers. They can be bought on Amazon. Hope you enjoy them!
  8. Andrea Jahn says:
    These sound wonderful and I can't wait to try them. My husband is allergic to honey and beeswax, but apparently soy wax can be used as a direct substitution. And I think I'll add a sprig of fresh rosemary for scent.
  9. I have had psoriais all my life, since I saw my younger sibling run over. They got much worse 5 years ago when I was taking care of my dying mother. I started on embrel, an injection. ...works very good along with special creams. I also make soap, real handmade soap if anyone is interested in learning.
  10. Christina says:
    This sounds great...I can't wait to try this. For your psoriasis...go gluten free (wheat, barley, rye & oat free) You will know within the month if it works for you. Small price to pay for relief. It cleared my best friends psoriasis & my skin break outs too. Amazing the power of healthy foods to heal! Best of luck!
    1. Yea I have been thinking of that just don't know if I can do it, seem daunting to learn all that.
  11. Soulestial says:
    Ok these are GREAT GREAT GRRRRREA! I had to alter a few of the ingredients based on what I had in the house and my anxiousness to make them! I used shea butter, olive oil, vit e oil, honey, and coconut oil. Followed the instructions then I put them in the freezer once in the muffin cups/tin to get them done faster...I used them dry on my arm and they melted easily and then in the shower - oh wow - I used it once almost out of the shower. THESE ARE A TRUE HIT! Being Afr Amer I don't take too kindly to things that can't moisturize me deeply and these do! I can only imagine long term use! --- I should add that given the hot shower and perhaps given the sweltering hot temps this summer they do melt in the shower but I intend to keep them in the freezer in a ziplock and tell folks to do the same when I give them away. I will sample different essential oils in the mix later this week but many many many thanks for the blog post!!! Namaste.
  12. Great Idea. I included this idea in my post regarding 10+ slow cooker mothers day gift ideas.
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Thanks Pravina I appreciate it!
  13. Hi - I made these bars the other night. I used 3.5 ounces of everything and used cocoa butter instead of shea butter (only because I couldn't find pure shea butter locally) I filled the cupcake pans full, not halfway like you did, and it make about 10 bars. I tried the bars and I think they are too hard. I know you said the warmth from my skin should melt the bar in my hand but I really have to hold it for a while to get any lotion on my hands. Is this normal? I was thinking of melting the bars back down in the crockpot and adding more cocoa butter or coconut oil...do you think that would make them softer? thanks!
    1. msinfoblog says:
      They are hard but should start melting within about 30 seconds. I would try adding more and see if that works. Let me know!
    2. msinfoblog says:
      Hey Sara, I just ran across this recipe you might want to look at to help http://doterrablog.com/diy-moisturizing-lotion-ba...
    3. Stassia Samuels says:
      also cocoa butter is much harder than shea butter, so that might be why. You could add olive oil or something to soften it up.
  14. Denise petty says:
    My daughter bought me shea butter soap by mistake. I'm guessing that won't work? Thanks for any help!
    1. msinfoblog says:
      No I'm sorry that will not work it has to be pure Shea Butter
      1. Denise petty says:
        That's what I figured. Going to have to make a trip to town I guess. Anxious to try these for Christmas gifts. Several in our family get instant headaches from many scents, especially my mom, so these would be ideal. Thank you.
        1. What size crockpot are you using?
          1. msinfoblog says:
            I used a 3.5 qt
  15. I would like to know how much coconut oil and how much shea butter. They say jars but how much/what size of each please.
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      It does not matter what size as long as you use equal amounts each of Coconut Oil, Shea butter and beeswax
  16. I don't see where it says how much shea butter and how much coconut oil? it says jars but what size of each? Please:) id like to do this for the winter and now:)
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      You may have missed it in the directions but it states equal amounts of each of the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax
  17. Great idea Kelley, I have 2 questions, how much of the vanilla or lavender oil or whatever oil you add for extra scent do you use? And when do you put it in?
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Thanks Rosie, you can put in whatever amount you want depending on how strong you want the smell. I put it in at the end because I did 1/2 with and 1/2 without
  18. Anonymous says:
    Pretty cool, but that is a huge recipe! I would rather make it in a much smaller batch. i guess it wouldn't be hard to divide the ingredients...
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Yes it's really easy you just equal parts of each of the 3 main ingredients
  19. for anyone without a crockpot (the heating portion of mine didn't make my cali to maryland PCS) a coffee maker with a mason jar works great! I actually found a recipe for something like this and tried it before i ever even heard of LUSH!
  20. Anonymous says:
    Has anyone used Paraffin wax yet? I have tons of paraffin wax and no beeswax hahaha. I don't mind testing it, just wondering how it will turn out if anyone has tried it.
  21. Kim Chandler says:
    What could be used instead of beeswax?
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Not that I know of but you could try to Google Substitutes for Beeswax and see what comes up
    2. how about Candelilla wax
  22. brownbuttergirl1 says:
    Hi! I can't wait to make these bars and the crockpot idea is indeed brilliant. Thank you!I just wanted to let you know about something that has been working for me and one of my friends. My friend has trouble with psoriasis and when she started doing oil pulling, her skin began to clear up. This is a site that has reliable info if you'd like to check it out. http://www.everythingessential.me/ApplyingOils/Oi... Good luck! Now, to get out my shea butter...
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Thanks so much for the link, I am always willing to try something natural!
  23. I just wanted to share this recipe with you all and it can be made into a lotion bar provided you add the beeswax. My daughter and granddaughter suffer with Psoriasis also and I make this for them. It really does seem to help when they have flair ups. I feel for anyone dealing with Psoriasis. We know all the things that triggers it and also try to avoid those things and stress but this helps too. I use a small crockpot to steep the herbs in for a couple of hours on low. Once the herbs have been steeped, they will brown up a bit and some will even be crips. I then strain the oil through a strainer and funnel it into a bottle. You could after straining add beeswax to make the lotion bars or you can bottle the oil and keep it in the fridge. I would use a dark bottle or jar. If you do not have one, tape a thick piece of brown paper around the jar to keep the light out. Psoriasis Ointment My Oil Infused RecipeWhen you see sc or scoop it is equal to ¼ of a cup. I have a little brown herb scoop that I use for all of my herbs so, I often write my recipes just using the scoop as a measurement.Angelica Root 2 scoopsBalm Of Gilead 1 scoopBurdock 2 scoopsCalendula 3 scChickweed 4 brown scoopsChamomile 3scGoto Kola 2 scLavender 3 scoopsLobellia 1 sm scoopMarshmallow Root 2 good pinches shreaddedRed Clover 3scSassafras Root 2 scoops1 dried red cayenne pepper8 oz almond oil4 oz grapeseed oil1 oz apricot oilRoughly about 6 oz of olive oil
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      WOW that is a recipe, thanks so much for sharing!
  24. Hi. I have had psoriasis on my scalp and ears for over 10 years. I too have tried everything on the market, from Zinc shampoos, salicylate shampoo, Nizoral shampoo, every dandruff one on the market, steroid solution. The only thing that help the best was a oily deep conditioner with neem oil, from Ecco Bella. Unfortunately, they quit making it. I found a recipe on Herbs and Oils World for an excema/psoriasis cream with neem. There is also something called Bio Oil that I am thinking of getting and adding neem oil and maybe tree tea oil to it and see what that does. Perhaps neem oil in this lotion would help you. Good luck
  25. Anonymous says:
    I make my own version. I wanted something for dry cracked heels and rough hands. I use Shea butter (got a 4lb tub for $25 from Vermont Soap-price has doubled! wait for a sale), cocoa butter, vitamin E, rice bran oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil or whatever I have on hand at the time. Or put a little of each in the mix. I don't measure either. I just add em and melt them together. I put all the ingredients in a ziplock and melt it either outside in the sun or set it over the heat vent in winter or use a heat pack or heating pad. Once it's melted, shake it up, then get rid of the air out of the bag. Flatten it out and place it in the fridge flat. Let it harden then cut the bag away. Cut into bars and place in a fresh ziplock and store in fridge :)
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Great idea thanks for sharing!
  26. Anonymous says:
    crock pot liners? Where do I get them?
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      I have gotten them at my grocery store usually with ziplock bags and tin foil
  27. Anonymous says:
    Dear Kelley. I am also afflicted, and the best thing I've found is acupuncture. I intend to make these, and I will probably add peppermint oil because it relieves itchy skin, but lavender oil is also good, because it is healing for psoriasis (for some people - I am sure you know the routine). I use Dr Bronner's peppermint soap, colloidal silver gel, and Vicco's turmeric & sandalwood cream in the tube (imported from India) for relief. As for hands. If you can crochet, you can make lacy half gloves or jewelry - such as a 'slave bracelet, which has a medallion to cover the back of the hand, a bracelet and 1 or 4 rings - to cover the worst of it. Put on lotion - such as your bars - then cotton gloves (which you can buy at the drugstore) before you go to bed at night. It can help a lot.
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Honestly I have just gotten used to the fact that it is part of my and quit trying to hide it. Thanks for the suggestions I will have to look for them
  28. Dominicanita says:
    I got pure beeswax a my farmer's market... it's not filtered so could i used for this purpose?. Thanks a lot.
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Yes you can! I hope you enjoy them!
  29. Anonymous says:
    Did they work? I have psoriasis also, so I will have to try if they did :)
  30. Anonymous says:
    Also, you should try adding salt or sugar to the bar! Your psoriasis may be different, but mine is very thick and the exfoliation sometimes helps!
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      That is a great idea I will try that on the next batch
  31. Anonymous says:
    These are awesome! I love the buffy bar from LUSH, but it does get expensive. I have psoriasis too! I am using this idea for my demonstration for 4-H! Thank you SO MUCH!
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Oh how great I was in 4-H Club as were my mother and father
  32. These look amazing! Just a few questions about the vanilla you added...was it just regular vanilla flavoring you would use in cooking? How much did you use? Was the scent very strong? Thanks!
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Thanks Anna, yes it was just regular vanilla from my spice rack and no it was not overpowering very subtle, I can't stand much scent because of allergies
  33. Anonymous says:
    This lotion helped to my mom with exzema... Hope it will work for your boy! Good luck! Try it! I am glad I did for my mom! Amazing simple solution for complicated skin problem!
  34. Anonymous says:
    Hi Kelly,Just wanted to let you know that you saved my mom's hands! She has exzema and nothing would work. I made your lotion and in 2 days she took off her bandages, from every single finger. The skin began to heal. She had tears in her eyes because pain was gone as well. Thank you so much for sharing! You can't imagine what a saver your lotion is! The best wishes!Arina
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      That is fantastic, thank you so much for telling me I often don't get to hear back from people. I am so glad she has found some relief.
  35. Marti Cooper says:
    I love this! I would love for you to link it up to SHOW-licious Craft Showcase party!!http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/01/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-16.htmlI can't wait to make some! I think it would make great gifts!Marti
  36. Coconut oil is also solid at room temperature and vegetable oil isn't. It's the heat of your body melting the coconut oil that makes the 'lotion' from the bar.
  37. Kelly Burtelson says:
    Me again...wanted to let you know that I pinned this to a new board for Skin Care! ~Kelly @Eyes on the Source
  38. Kelly Burtelson says:
    My son has eczema and psoriasis, I am so going to try this!!! ~Kelly @ Eyes on the Source
  39. Rachel R. says:
    Ooh; this looks like "fun"! Totally off-topic comment, but...if your psoriasis went away when you were pregnant, have you considered the possibility that your progesterone might be chronically low? (I have some health issues myself that seem to clear up when I get pregnant, and I think it's a low progesterone thing. Natural supplementation helps.)
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      YES, I have said I totally think it is a hormone thing but Dermatologists just ignore me. What kind of Natural supplementation do you use? I didn't know that existed
  40. Our Pinteresting Fam says:
    Such a great idea! :)
  41. I made these as Christmas gifts and absolutely LOVE them! I actually made 2 batches...one with a combination of cocoa butter and shea butter and one with lavender oil added. I work in a school kitchen and I'm washing my hands constantly, so they get wrecked this time of year...I also have psoriasis on my ankle. Nothing has helped that until this...although it's obvioulsy not gone, it's softer and not scaley and itchy...and that's just after using the lotion bar for a week. I gave 5 of them away tonight to my coworkers for Christmas and they loved them too! And the crockpot method made it so easy! Thanks for the tip!
  42. Anonymous says:
    I am SO excited to make these! I also have bought the lotion bars from Lush. I love them, but they are so expensive. I have eczema horribly, so I may add patchouli oil to them(heard its good for eczema). May give some as gifts for Christmas too :)
  43. Anonymous says:
    You could also use canola or olive oil. You just have to change the ratio so it will stay solid.
  44. Anonymous says:
    I made some today. I don't know what happened because the bars aren't setup in the middle. Look just like your pictures above. The only two differences was are I used cocoa butter since I couldn't find Shea Butter in Fairbanks, AK and halved the recipe but I weighed everything. The beeswax too longer to melt than an hour. I am thinking of setting them outside to freeze. I'll wait until tmw to see if they are setup anymore. I really thought it was fun making!!
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      I have never made it with the shea butter so I wonder if that is the difference. I had put mine in the fridge to set them up good so I am sure putting them outside in Alaska would be good. Please let me know if it does not work and I will try to make it and see what I come up with. Your comment showed up as Anonymous so I am not sure you will get my reply but I will be glad to help any way I can
  45. Do you think you could use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil?
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Maybe but the reason you use coconut oil is that it is better for your skin and is known for it's healing properties
    2. Do not use vegtable oil for anything. It has the wrong kind of fat. Olive, grapeseed sunflower and Canola or peanut oil is better then vegtable.
  46. Thanks - I will try that!
  47. These turned out great! However, my muffin pans are now a greasy, waxy mess (despite having used the cupcake liners). Dishsoap and hot water were virtually useless. Any suggestions on how to get them clean?
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Wow really, I did not have that problem, to get the wax off I would put them in the oven and let it get melted then put them in the sink with hot water to rinse it off. Also make sure you are using soap with a degreaser if they feel greasy. A good rinse through the dishwasher should also help.
  48. CraftCrazy says:
    you could just use silicone cupcake liners, the soap/lotion bar wouls then slip right out when you are done. It would probably be much cheaper than buying the soap molds.(They have different shaped cupcake liners, too.) I hope this is helpful.
  49. This is a great idea. I've order the items to make soap. I'm wondering if using cupcake liners would work for soap? Cheaper than buying a mold. I wonder, anyone try soap yet like this?
  50. the Marucci 7 says:
    I love these and so do my customers! Have you ever made a lip balm using theses as your base??
  51. Jan Hunnicutt says:
    Wow, thanks for your great blog post! I haven't made lotion bars yet but I'm planning to soon. I make soap in my crock pot and love it so why not the lotion bars too?!Thanks for the inspiration :)
  52. Anonymous says:
    Do I stir this at all,I did'nt see that step. Just did'nt want to mess up. Thanks,great ideal!
  53. Joan Hayes says:
    I've always wanted to try and make soap, you make it look so easy. Great tutorial!
  54. WhatIfWeAllCared? says:
    This is a really great idea! You've got me thinking!!!
  55. Sarah @ Natures Nurt says:
    Thanks again for sharing this at Tiny Tip Tuesday, Kelley! I'm featuring this post on the blog tomorrow, so come by and check it out! :)
  56. Sarah @ Natures Nurt says:
    Whaaaat?!? You had me at 'crockpot' lol, b/c I LOVE my crockpot! Thanks for sharing this at Tiny Tip Tuesday! I'm pinning and sharing at Facebook :)
  57. Anonymous says:
    Do you have any idea how much shea butter and coconut oil you use per batch (1lb wax)? Amazon seems to carry all these ingredients, by the way, for those who said they were having a hard time finding some of them
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      I used equal amounts of each, I used a weight watchers kitchen scale to measure them, I took the wax to see what it was in oz, then put the shea butter and coconut oil in the same amount of oz. I only used the containers you see in the picture no extra, hope that helps
  58. Celeste Winchell says:
    That is extremely cool! I have a ton of shea butter and coconut oil...guess I will be trying this one out. Lol!
  59. Laura Cyra says:
    Pure genius, thanks for sharing. My daughter has eczema so this would work perfect!!
  60. Anonymous says:
    i didn't see the part about weighing them, so that may be my issue. i did notice that when put into the freezer the shea butter hardened but once i set it out at room temp for a while it was soft again. i did stir,a lot, but even in the croc it was separated. i'm going to try again 1) because these are bridal shower favors and i need more! and 2) i'm a perfectionist and it bothers me that i didn't get it right :)
  61. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
    I am not sure did you stir it? Also how long have they sat, put them in the fridge and see if it helps, I have never had that problem and you put in equal ingredients right?
  62. Anonymous says:
    i just made these and the shea butter sunk to the bottom and isn't as hard as the rest of the bar. i'm super confused as to what i may have done wrong
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      I am not sure did you stir it? Also how long have they sat, put them in the fridge and see if it helps, I have never had that problem and you put in equal ingredients right?
  63. Peaceful_minion says:
    Can anyone tell me?  Shea butter and coconut butter cause reactions to my husbands eczema.  I wanted to try illipe butter but it has a higher melting point.  Should I change the proportions in this recipes to account for that?  Or what can I do to make it more meltable?
  64. Totally cool idea! Thanks!
  65. Anonymous says:
    I thought the crock pot bag was the best idea ever. No clean up just pure fun. Now if I could figure out how to make my plastic ladel easy to clean or my glass cups. Thanks again
  66. PS look for beekeepers in your area I get beeswax for $4/lb. It is fresh and smells fantastic.
  67. Thanks. I just started crafting butters and was wondering if a crock pot would work for lotions and was directed here. I will definitely be back.
  68. Kelley @ Miss Information says:
    Hey Marci, I don't think that the lotion is heavy enough or solid enough to work, it would not bake a bar. I think you would find these to work good for you, cetaphil was not emollient enough for me.
  69. I can't wait to try this. I too have the skin issues, and they went away when i was pregnant too. I have never heard any one else say that, so funny. Anyway, I use cetaphil lotion only and it helps control the breakouts better than anything else. Could you make this with that instead of cocoa or shea butter? I know, it would be much more expensive though :(
    1. Kelley @ Miss Inform says:
      Hey Marci, I don't think that the lotion is heavy enough or solid enough to work, it would not bake a bar. I think you would find these to work good for you, cetaphil was not emollient enough for me.
  70. Anonymous says:
    Love this and am repinning! :) Can't wait to try it and gift it! Regarding your psoriasis, have you tried emu oil (you can buy it online - make sure it's pure oil? I used it for my eczema - it went away and never came back. My sister uses it for psoriasis, though it hasn't gone completely, the reddness has disapated considerably and some of it has cleared up. We also take an Omega 3-6-9 pill daily as well.
  71. I just bought all of the things to make these, but I already have the Vitamin E oil (I use it to remove my waterproof mascara) and it is just the liquid, not the capsules. I was wondering about how much you think I should put in since I don't need to prick any capsules. Maybe a couple of teaspoons?
    1. Kelley Wilson says:
      Hey Amanda, I tried to email you but the way you sent your comment would not let me, I would 4-5 teaspoons. Please send me a pic or let me know how they turn out!
  72. I can't wait to try this but I can't find coconut oil fro less than $20 for 32 oz. on Amazon. Any ideas?thanks
    1. You should be able to find it at a local Grocery Store, it is sold where the cooking oil is. It has become very popular to cook with recently as it is healthier for you.
  73. Chatty Chics says:
    Very cool! That sounds like such a great idea for gifts! Thanks for linking up at my place!MelodyOne Chatty Chic
  74. You are Brilliant! I agree with you on the Aquaphor. =) I love your precise yet friendly instructions, you dont make me feel like a noobie to the crafting/blog world.
  75. Anonymous says:
    This is amazing! I can't wait to make these with my 8yo daughter to give as gifts for mother's day to all of the special women who make our lives wonderful - girl scout troop leaders, dance instructors, coaches of her sports teams, bus drivers, ladies in the office at school, our school nurse, the list goes on and on! Thank you for sharing your techniques!
  76. Anonymous says:
    I love it! Have you tried goat soap and lotion for psoriasis it's suppose to help alot!
  77. I am giving this a shot today!
  78. Sass - aka - Kathy says:
    Somebody we both know was featured! Thanks so much for sharing. Check it out: <a href="http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/03/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-16.htmlhttp://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/03/sa... />Come get a featured button!
  79. Natasha Mairs says:
    WOW!!! how great is this??!!!!thanks for sharing on Serenity SaturdayHope to see you there again tomorrowNatasha xxx
  80. I'm picking up the ingredients for these today! Do you wrap the lotion bars in something to carry them around or are they okay loose in a purse? Don't want to get it gunky...
    1. Hey Paula, I wrap my bars in saran wrap, because they will melt in the heat of a pocket, purse, etc. When I put them in my purse or luggage, I like to store them in an Altoids Mint container. This way the bar(s) doesn't get lost and it stays in the container. Enjoy!
  81. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy says:
    WOW!! Lotion in a crockpot?! I am amazed! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!
  82. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy says:
    WOW!! Lotion in a crockpot?! I am amazed! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!
  83. I just found your page and love this idea!! I am going to Michael's this week to get the ingredients....and will be cooking away!!! I am newly retired and learning to craft for my pleasure and gifts!!! Thanks so much for your inspiring blog.
  84. 4you-withlove says:
    LOVE this...I did pin your pretty picture! I also love your blog and am following you on GFC. I'd love for you to come visit my blog! Have a wonderful weekendMarilyn4you-withlove.blogspot.com
  85. I just wanted to let you know that you’ve been featured on homework. Please stop by and grab a featured button. Thank you again for linking up your beautiful project.Have a great weekend.http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2012/03/inspiration-board-link-party-spotlight_09.html
  86. Anonymous says:
    Thank you for the recipe and clear instructions!! I can't seem to find the Shea Butter at Walmart or on their website. Hoping to make some bars soon!
    1. Anonymous says:
      Could you please let me know the amount of shea butter you used? This will help me know what I am looking for and the amount I need to purchase. :)
    2. it was a 5lb canister, I emailed RA Cosmetics, she said that they are only selling in Ga. right now, I have read many sites that say you can fine it at health food stores.RA Cosmetics is sending me an assortment next week as a giveaway so check back for that
  87. I can't wait to try this. Thanks so much! This will save lots of money that I spend at LUSH. :)
  88. Wild Oak Designs says:
    Wow....wonderful....Nancywildoakdesigns.blogspot.com
  89. Kate @ craftwhatever says:
    Solid lotion is so awesome! I found some a few years ago made by the Amish. I loved it because I could keep it in my purse while traveling on an airplane. Love these!
  90. Wow! What a great idea! I have such dry hands all winter long, I'm always looking for something to help with that! So glad you shared at Shine on Fridays this week; hope you'll be back with more great ideas this weekend! PS - Love your blog name!
    1. Thanks, I will one of my best buds gave me the name she has a book she brings every time she visits that says Miss Information on it and she writes down things I talk about in it
  91. Anonymous says:
    I pinned it, I have to try this! I have gnarly dry skin. Marrilee
  92. Anonymous says:
    could i use paraffin instead of beeswax? great idea! My son gets eczema from eating wheat and this may be very helpful for his symptoms especially in the dry winter climate we have in Canada. Thanks so much!
    1. I don't know but psoriasis is usually the next step after psoriasis and it has really helped mine, I have given them to a lot of my friends to try. My buddy Becky;s daughter has really bad eczema and her 3 year old daughter called and said thank you for the cupcake lotion she loves it. A lot of people have said they help eczema
    2. Oh I have also wondered about soy wax, let me know if you try it I would love to put an update to the post if you find something that works other than beeswas
  93. i'm still exploring the many uses of my crock pot, this is one i defintely have not tried out yet!
  94. Serendipity and Spice says:
    Very cool idea! Thanks for linking up.
  95. Serendipity and Spice says:
    Very cool idea! Thanks for linking up.
  96. Amanda McEwen says:
    I totally pinned this haha. Even used the pretty picture. I have incredibly dry hands from nervous/weather exema and I find most lotions only last a few minutes. I'm all about all natural products and making it at home whenever possible so I am so excited to try this out! My children love to do like I do so this would be an easy way for them to use lotion as well. I think i would like to scent it with the energizing oil from Saje. It's my fav. Thank you for this recipe!!!!
  97. Anonymous says:
    So glad I found your link on Pinterest. I plan to make this on the weekend - great not only for my skin, but b/c I get migraines from perfume smells and this is a great option!
  98. stephanie stephens says:
    Hey Kelley YOu should message me i know of a great product that would help your hands it is amazing.Truly.
  99. GoodiesbyHeather says:
    Kelley, I make lotion bars also, but use the double boiler technique. I cheat and just put my large pyrex measuring cup in a pan. I also make my own soap. My friends with psoriasis swear by it. Something in the lye calms the symptoms. If scent bothers you, ace hardware (of all places) carries an unscented old fashioned lye soap. Good luck!!Heather
  100. Wow, such a great idea! And I like that you know exactly what is in it. Thanks so much!
  101. In the section that has all the lotions, you can also order it online or pick it or cocoa butter up at a store like Whole Foods
  102. In the section that has all the lotions, you can also order it online or pick it or cocoa butter up at a store like Whole Foods
  103. SWEET PAPER TREATS says:
    Thank you for sharing this, so great! I was wondering how you store yours?
    1. I put them in a plastic container and am keeping them in the fridge, I think just because that is what I did to keep them hard it seemed the thing to do but you don't have to. I am going to look into getting some large push up containers like lip balm ones the next time I do it.
  104. Hi Kelley,This looks so easy; I need a quick take-home favor for a ladies' fellowship next week and this just might be my answer! You said to have the same weight of each ingredient, so does that mean 1 lb beeswax, 1 lb shea butter, and 1 lb coconut oil? I'm so glad you mentioned the liners--I don't use them to cook with, but you'd definitely need them for this! Thanks for your help!
    1. Yes it is equal parts of all 3
  105. Also, which section at walmart did you find the shea butter?
  106. Hey-- I came across your blog looking for a moisturizer to make, and it looks like you have the same type of skin as I do. I found out I'm allergic to wheat. I get terrible skin when I decide "it's too hard" to be wheat free. Anyway, thought it was interesting that I, as well, didn't have symptoms when I was pregnant either. This made me feel like maybe you have an allergy as well. I will totally try this, and I hope maybe I could be helpful to you as well. Thanks for the idea. :)
    1. I have wondered about that, how did you get tested for that? I would have a horrible time cutting out wheat though ugh
  107. Jamie @ Sew Rockin' says:
    Love this idea! Thanks! :)
  108. Jamie @ Sew Rockin' says:
    Love this idea! Thanks! :)
  109. Missy Shay says:
    Have you thought of using an essential oil that will help with psoriasis? http://www.aworldofaromatherapy.com/essential-oil... http://www.cureforpsoriasis.org/healing-psoriasis... Here are a couple of articles I found, just put the oils in after you finish cooking the lotion and then every time you put your lotion on it will help.
    1. I didn't know there was one but thank you so much I will for sure try it!
  110. Shelly @A Creative Space says:
    Thank you, thank you!! I need this!
  111. Shelly @A Creative Space says:
    Thank you, thank you!! I need this!
  112. Anonymous says:
    Definitely going to try this. I have really dry skin and I need something to keep them soft. I think they would be nice gifts, especially with essential oils. Thanks!
  113. What a great idea - I definitely want to try this - just a question - where in Wal-Mart would I find the pure shea butter?Thanks.... I just pinned it so I would remember the steps....
    1. In the section that has all the lotions, you can also order it online or pick it or cocoa butter up at a store like Whole Foods
  114. Fabulous idea..I may have to make these when traveling by air since 3 oz is not enough lotion for me and my eczema! thanks so much
  115. Terri @ A Creative Princess says:
    I love this!! I pinned it and can't wait to make them! I would love if you would link up and share at It's a Party on Thursday (starts Wednesday night)!
  116. Terri @ A Creative P says:
    I love this!! I pinned it and can't wait to make them! I would love if you would link up and share at It's a Party on Thursday (starts Wednesday night)!
  117. I just pinned this idea since I myself suffer from the relentless psoriasis. I can't wait to try them! My hands are usually fine, but my joints are always dry. (and ugly) Thanks for your wonderful idea
    1. I have been using them since I made them and mine has gotten better, they are much better than any liquid lotion I have ever used
  118. Very cool! I am definitely going to try this. What do you the shelf life would be for the bars?
    1. Kellie (aren't you glad I spelled it right LOL) I think they should last a long time nothing in them had an expiration date but I am keeping my extras in the fridge until I use them just to keep them hard
  119. Do you think you could use the different shaped silicone molds to make cute shapes? With the oils in them, they shouldn't stick...
    1. Yes you can use the silicone molds, I just got a some really cute ones today at IKEA shaped like flowers and fish's to use for this
  120. Ingrid@morestylethancash says:
    Great tutorial I'm posting it on Facebook! The only thing I would probably change is that I would make mine scent free because even all natural scents can cause reactions. You should definitely try soap making. I use to make soap it is a lot of fun and you can get such fabulous quality soap when you add your own quality ingredients.
  121. Ingrid@morestylethan says:
    Great tutorial I'm posting it on Facebook! The only thing I would probably change is that I would make mine scent free because even all natural scents can cause reactions. You should definitely try soap making. I use to make soap it is a lot of fun and you can get such fabulous quality soap when you add your own quality ingredients.
    1. Yea I think I will try the soap especially since I have such sensitive skin it would be great to know what is in it
  122. Randi~Dukes and Duchesses says:
    This is the neatest ... and what a great gift they'd make. Thanks so much for sharing!
  123. Randi~Dukes and Duch says:
    This is the neatest ... and what a great gift they'd make. Thanks so much for sharing!
    1. Thank you I am thinking about using these for teacher gifts
  124. franycook says:
    I pinned your lotion bars! What a great idea. Can't wait to make some. Thank-you for sharing.
  125. I'm a LUSH massage bar fan, too. Def need to try this out!
  126. Anonymous says:
    I love the lotion bars from LUSH. These look almost identical! I'm going to have to make some!
  127. Cameron Meerdink says:
    You are a genius! I pinned this so I will remember all the important steps - and i so need some of those liners...no clean-up - too cool for school.
  128. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:
    Seriously one of the coolest thing ever!! featuring this tonight on our facebook page!! :)Bonnie @ uncommon
  129. Bonnie and Trish @ U says:
    Seriously one of the coolest thing ever!! featuring this tonight on our facebook page!! :)Bonnie @ uncommon
    1. Thanks Bonnie and thanks for the shout out on Facebook!
  130. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:
    What an interesting idea - I'm totally intrigued!
  131. Laurel @ Ducks in a says:
    What an interesting idea - I'm totally intrigued!
  132. Such a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial.
    1. Thanks Kathy, let me know how you like it if you try it!

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