Vanilla bean WINTER lotion bar for dry skin

Vanilla Bean Winter Lotion Bar

Homemade lotion bars are popular because they are convenient, full of healthy skin ingredients, and make wonderful gifts. If you have tried a lotion bar before and didn’t care for it, please give this winter lotion bar a chance. I have spent time testing different lotion bar recipes and this is the clear winner for moisturizing dry skin in the winter.Vanilla bean WINTER lotion bar for dry skin

Vanilla Bean Winter Lotion Bar

A lotion bar for the winter is very different from a lotion bar for the summer.

I’ve tried a lot of recipes for lotion bars and have to wonder if the recipe creators are actually using them. Many look beautiful but they are waxy and difficult to apply. With colder temperatures in the winter, a lotion bar with beeswax will feel more like rubbing a candle on your skin than lotion.

Note: in the summer, I do add beeswax to firm up the bar and hold moisture in once applied. I will share the recipe I use for that bar in the summer.

I have very dry skin, and in the winter it is even worse. Forced air heating and hot showers strip the moisture and make my skin dry and itchy all over. Besides drinking a ton of water to hydrate from inside, I have found that a cocoa butter and coconut oil lotion bar combination works best for me. They are both a solid at room temperature (in the winter) and melt at body temperature. If your home isn’t too warm, you can easily keep a bunch of these lotion bars in a container, and they won’t melt until they are rubbed onto your skin.Vanilla bean WINTER lotion bar for dry skin

Make these lotion bars in candy or ice cube trays so they are just the right size for a few applications. An ice cube sized lotion bar will last two showers if I apply it to my whole body. These bars absorb quickly and leave my skin silky. They don’t leave me feeling greasy at all.

Ingredients and Materials

Makes 12 mini lotion bars

Vanilla bean WINTER lotion bar for dry skinMake it!

Melt the oils over medium-low heat in a Turkish coffee pot (or a small pot with a pour spout). I use this pot for all of my natural skincare recipes because it is tall, has a long handle, and a spout.

Stir constantly and keep a watchful eye on the oils. You want them to just reach the melting point and not overheat.

When the oils have melted and combined, add the vanilla essential oil and stir well. Vanilla essential oil is dark and gives the lotion bars the vanilla bean appearance of small brown specks without adding vanilla beans.

Vanilla sold as an essential oil is quite different from vanilla extract. Vanilla essential oil has an oil base, whereas vanilla extract is in alcohol. It won’t have the same results if you swap them out. Vanilla essential oil is not truly an essential oil because it is not extracted through distillation. It can sometimes be called vanilla absolute or oleoresin as the resins of the vanilla bean are extracted through a chemical process. You can swap the vanilla essential oil for another essential oil if you choose. Lavender and sweet orange are nice for this bar.

Immediately pour the melted oils into an ice cube tray. Place the tray in the refrigerator to cool for two hours. Store the finished winter lotion bars in the fridge if your house is quite warm, although they should do just fine at normal indoor temperatures.Vanilla bean WINTER lotion bar for dry skin

Melt the lotion bar by rubbing it in the palms of your hands. The oil/butter will melt, and you can then apply it to the rest of your skin.

For many, many more natural skincare recipes and gift ideas, check out the Natural Skincare Series!

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Dyan
    DyanFebruary 21,17

    Hello Stephanie Rose!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Just want to ask the ratio of beeswax for this lotion bar. I live in the Pacific so the climate is warmer. Thanks again!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseFebruary 21,17

      Hi Dyan, I use this for winter in colder areas because the beeswax lotion bars are too waxy and don’t soften skin when they are too cold. Instead, these are small, they melt in your hands, and you can rub them onto your skin that way. I will be posting my summer lotion bar recipe when the weather warms up, which has beeswax in it. I don’t have the ratio for you now, as I need to measure and test it again when it is warmer. I usually just throw the ingredients together without much measuring and then remelt them if I need to adjust them. But for the recipes I share here, I test them out so that they can be recreated by others.

  2. Wall planter
    Wall planterFebruary 21,17

    Looks delicious,thanks for your sharing.

  3. Krystal Stanich
    Krystal StanichAugust 28,17

    Hi, Stephanie,
    I’d like to do this as a DIY program at my public library. Would it be okay if I use your image to promote the program? I’d leave the garden therapy information on the image. Thanks!

  4. Karen
    KarenSeptember 1,17

    Do these actually smell like vanilla? I’ve not found vanilla essential oils to have much scent. Thank you for sharing!

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