DIY Massage Lotion Bar

Lotion bars are amazing – they are solid at room temperature, like a bar of soap, but when rubbed on your skin a little bit melts off and leaves a very thin, highly moisturizing layer of hydrating goodness. Whatever the season, moisturizing is key. However, thick moisturizers, such as those used in winter, can leave a heaviness and greasy residue on your skin. Lotion bars give you the benefits of a heavy moisturizer without the weighed-down feeling!

The great thing about these lotion bars (and the majority of homemade products) is the fact that they are totally customizable and extremely easy to make. Whatever your personal scent preferences, health needs, or allergy restrictions, you can make a lotion bar that is the perfect fit for you. Not to mention they are much more affordable than store-bought products, with zero chemicals.

These lotion bars are perfect for use as a replacement for massage oils, as they are hydrating, silky smooth, and easy to rub all over.

Several additions to switch this up from a massage bar, but certainly not all, include: zinc oxide for a diaper rash bar and various essential oils to make a deodorant bar, sunscreen bar, but repellent bar, Neosporin imitation bar, etc.

Basic Lotion Bar Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter, or mango butter (or a mixture of all three)
  • 1 cup beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
  • Any desired additions

This lotion bar recipe can be adjusted to make as many bars as you want, in greater or smaller quantity.


  • Combine all ingredients, except essential oils if using, in a double boiler or small glass bowl over a smaller saucepan filled with 1 inch water.*
  • Bring water to a boil, stirring constantly until ingredients are melted and smooth.
  • Remove from heat and add essential oils if using.
  • Pour into whatever molds you are using (silicone baking cups are great, but any mold will work). A square baking pan works as well, and can be cut into bars after cooling.
  • Let the lotion bars cool and harden completely before attempting to pop out of the molds or cut.

*If you have a quart-sized glass mason jar with a lid, place all ingredients in this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowls, and can be used over and over for bar making!

Store your lotion bars at room temperature, or in the fridge or freezer for longer term storage. Make sure to keep them at a temperature under 80 degrees F, or they will melt!