Sunflower petals, calendula, chamomile and dandelions in sesame oil make for a gentle, all-purpose lotion bar, while the slightest bit of turmeric adds a faint, sunshiny boost of natural color. Made ahead of time, they’re a lovely reminder of warmer months once the colder seasons start moving in.
You will need:
For infused oil-
- Dried sunflower petals
- Dried calendula flowers
- Dried chamomile flowers
- Dried dandelion flowers
- Powdered turmeric (just the slightest pinch!)
- Sesame Oil
For lotion bars-
- 24 grams Sesame Oil (Infused with the above plant matter)
- 8 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 33 grams Beeswax
- 16.5 grams Shea Butter
- 16.5 grams Deodorized Cocoa Butter
- Heat-safe Silicone molds
Make an infused oil by placing dried plants into a mason jar, adding just the tiniest bit of powdered turmeric, and pour sesame oil over the lot until everything is covered with oil. Place the jar into a small pot full of water on a burner turned to low heat, and keep warm for about two hours, stirring occasionally. After two hours, remove from heat, cap the jar, and leave in a sunny window for at least a week, making sure to shake the jar once a day.
When you’re ready to make your lotion bars, strain the plant matter out of the infused oil. Measure infused sesame oil, fractionated coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, and deodorized cocoa butter into a heat-safe container.
Just like making the infusion, place the heat-safe container into a small pot of water, and place the pot of water over top of a burner turned to low heat to melt everything together. Stirring occasionally helps to speed this process, and may be required to finish this project in a timely manner.
Once everything is melted, give it one last stir and remove heat-safe container from pot. Carefully pour the liquid lotion bars into your molds. Once everything has been poured out, leave the molds alone until they’re completely firm and cooled- handling lotion bars while they’re still warm may deform them.
Pop the cooled lotion bars from the molds, and they’re ready to be used! The size of your bar will be determined by the sizes offered by your mold, so while small bars can fit quite nicely in salve tins, larger or odd-shaped ones require a different method of storage. Wide-mouthed lidded glass jars do nicely here.
Store excess lotion bars somewhere out of direct light and on the cooler side for best results.