Dry Skin? This Unique Lotion Makes Moisturizing Less Messy

These handy lotion bars make it easy to treat dry skin on the go (and you won't have to worry about them exploding in your purse.)

Jill Nystul • September 22, 2022

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Though I struggle with dry, itchy skin fairly regularly, I never seem to have lotion handy when I need it. Luckily, I found a solution for dry skin that’s a lot more purse-friendly than lotion that comes in bottle: homemade lotion bars.

What is a lotion bar, you ask? As the name implies, they’re solid bars of lotion that you use by softening them with your body heat. Just hold a lotion bar between your hands for a few seconds to soften it up, then rub the lotion onto dry hands, elbows, cuticles, or wherever you need it!

Not only are homemade lotion bars great to carry in your purse or shaving kit, but they’re also made with natural ingredients that are highly moisturizing and gentle on skin. The beeswax helps keep the lotion bars solid at room temperature, and it also helps seal in the other ingredients to keep your skin moisturized longer.

Here’s how to make your own at home!

How To Make Homemade Lotion Bars

You’ll need:


Combine the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in the top section of a double boiler, or a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Once the ingredients are completely melted, remove from heat and stir well.


Add the lavender essential oil, give the mixture another good stir, then carefully pour it into the cavities of a silicone mold.

Let the lotion cool and solidify completely before removing your lotion bars from the mold.

Since these lotion bars are so easy to make, why not go ahead and make some mini ones too? They make great gifts and party favors!

BONUS: Mini Lotion Bars

You can make mini lotion bars using the same ingredients and amounts shown above, but swap your larger, soap-sized mold for a silicone mold with small cavities. Also, do yourself a favor and pour the liquid lotion into a squeeze bottle before filling your silicone mold—it makes the process a lot less messy!

Mini lotion bars will solidify faster than larger bars, but they’ll also melt faster if they get too warm, so be sure to store them in a cool place.

What’s your go-to remedy for dry skin?