Before I tell you all about these orange cinnamon hard lotion bars, I urge you to take a moment to think about the skin products you have in your bathroom. Have you ever taken the time to think about the ingredients in these products? I encourage you right now to type some of your most used skincare products into EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
How did they rank? Sadly, chances are not very well.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it absorbs everything we put on it. So naturally, once I realized the toxicity of many of the skin and cosmetics products available in stores, I very quickly began thinking of alternatives. One alternative is keeping a close eye on the ingredients and buying very high quality products. However, that is a burden for almost any budget. Another aspect to consider is that cosmetic products including lotions have an considerable impact on the environment. Not only does their often excessive packaging create waste, but their ingredients are often as harmful to the environment as to our bodies (I won’t even begin to talk about animal testing).
So, why not make them yourself?
Enter: Hard Lotion Bars
Naturally, some products are harder to make at home than others, but one of the easiest things is replacing your body lotion or butter with a hard lotion bar. Hard lotion bars are made of oils that are solid at room temperature, allowing them to maintain shape. Unlike many other skin products, they do not contain water and, thus, have a much longer shelf-life and are much less susceptible to contamination, making them an ideal candidate for homemaking without preservatives.
Once made, they last for up to a year depending on the quality and age of the oils used. I do store my lotion bars in the fridge because I like it pretty warm in my home and they tend to get a little soft, but you don’t have to do that if your room temperature is enough to keep them in a solid state.
Orange Cinnamon Hard Lotion Bars
These orange cinnamon hard lotion bars are great for dry skin and suitable for sensitive skin. You can easily take them with you wherever you go. Just pack one in a glass or metal container or a simple bag and stick it in your purse. This way you are ready for whatever the day may bring. (Just don’t leave your leather purse standing in direct sunlight for two hours or they will liquefy. I speak from experience ;))
These lotion bars are packed with powerful natural ingredients and completely free of additives, preservatives and chemicals.
Let me tell you a little about the superpowers of these orange cinnamon hard lotion bars.
For instance, beeswax acts as a natural skin protectant. It forms a barrier around the skin while still allowing it to breath, unlike most synthetic substances. In this way, it protects the skin from free radicals and toxins and helps retain moisture.
In addition to being incredibly moisturizing, the shea butter in these lotion bars contains vitamin A and E. It is, moreover, anti-inflammatory and is thus good for damaged or irritated skin. Finally, shea butter has anti-ageing properties through aiding the production of collagen.
Similar to Shea Butter, coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It can help reduce rashes and prevent acne. It has both a cleansing and a moisturizing effect.
Sweet Orange Oil is also great for dry, irritated and acne prone skin. Mixed with a carrier oil it can promote detoxification and support clear skin. Additionally, it smells amazing and the smell is said to have antidepressant properties and relieve anxiety.
Finally, cinnamon also has some surprising benefits for your skin. It is said to reduce pimples, eczema and other skin conditions. This is thanks to its antiseptic properties. Moreover, it reduces signs of aging and softens dry skin.
As with any new skin product, I would advise you to test the lotion on one area of your body and check for signs of an allergic reaction. Allergies, while not very common, can also occur with natural ingredients.
You can use any mold you want, but silicone molds tend to be the easiest to use. Muffin forms also work. If you have nothing else at home I would suggest you use a coffee mug and cut the bar out of the mug with a butter knife when hardened (I haven’t tried this method, so if you do, let me know how it goes).
I purchased my mold on Amazon. If you want your lotion bars to look like mine, you can get the same mold here.
How to use them
To use your lotion bar simply put it in your hand and rub it on your skin. The warmth of you skin will melt the oils allowing them to be applied to the skin. It’s not rocket science. Anyone can use a lotion bar.
If you find your skin feeling too oily you can also apply the lotion bar in the shower and wash off the excess before getting dressed. Just make sure to allow the lotion bar to dry before storing it and keep in mind that allowing it to get wet will affect its shelf-life.
How to make them
These orange cinnamon hard lotion bars are great for dry skin and also suitable for sensitive skin. They are all natural and preservative free.
- 2 ounces Beeswax (56 grams)
- 2 ounces Shea Butter (56 grams)
- 2 ounces Coconut Oil (56 grams)
- 10 drops Orange Essential Oil
- 6 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon (optional)
Heat beeswax in a double boiler or in a bowl over a water bath. When almost melted, reduce heat to ensure water is not boiling and add shea butter and coconut oil.
Once the shea butter and coconut oil are melted, take the oils off the stove and add essential oils and cinnamon, stirring to combine.
Pour mixture into molds, muffin forms or other container you are using. Allow to cool. For faster cooling, put them in the fridge once set.
Once hardened, remove the bars from the molds and use as desired. Store them in a jar, tin or bag until needed. Keep in fridge if you live in a hot area.
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