Homemade lotion bars are perfect gift for Chicago moms


By Megan Murray Elsener


After one of the worst winters in Chicago history, all mamas can use a little extra pampering this Mother’s Day. These homemade lotion bars are the perfect solution for dry hands, elbows, feet and cuticles.

The lotion bars are solid at room temperature, but once you hold them in your hands for a few seconds, your body heat will soften the bar to rub on needed areas. The key is the beeswax that locks in the butters and oils to nourish skin.

Keep them in your purse and car to have easily accessible. They make a fabulous and thoughtful gift for all the well-deserving mothers in your life.



1 Select molds for your lotion bars. They can be silicone or metal molds that come in any unique or simple shape. Even ice cube trays and cupcake pans work well.

2 Combine the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler. Supplies can be bought online or at health food stores like Whole Foods. Be careful, water can boil over and get into the ingredients.

3 Stir well and melt the ingredients until completely mixed and the liquid almost resembles a clear honey.

4 Carefully pour the melted liquid into the molds.

5 Allow the lotion bar to completely cool before popping out of the molds. Putting the molds into the freezer for 30 minutes makes removal even easier.

6 Wrap up the lotion bars in decorative paper or bags and deliver to all the moms in your life.



  • 4 oz. coconut oil
  • 4 oz. shea butter
  • 4.5 oz. beeswax
  • Silicone or metal molds
  • Double boiler and spatula



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