In July 1847, the first Mormon pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley – a place thought too dry and desertous to support civilization. Industrious pioneer women created wonderful natural moisturizers to combat the environment’s toll on their skin.
Taking a cue from my predecessors, I adapted a pioneer moisturizing bar to share with the women coming into town.
As promised, I am sharing a tutorial for the desert lotion bars I made…
1 lb. Beeswax
16 oz. Coconut oil
4 oz. Coconut butter
6 oz. Almond oil
Concentrated coconut fragrance oil to scent
I purchased all of the ingredients required at the local Whole Foods store for just under $50. You could probably find them at any natural/organic grocery store or online.
Double boiler (or make do with a metal bowl and a large pan like I did)
Measuring cup with spout
Place the beeswax in the pan (or in my case the bowl) for melting. I set the burner to high and had the water rolling at a steady boil. Continuously stir so that nothing burns.
Once the beeswax has melted down, add additional ingredients.
Mix all of the ingredients, outside of the scented oil, down to a liquid. Once the ingredients have melted, you will feel them begin to thicken as you stir. Continue to stir for approximately three minutes.
Once the mixture has cooled down, add a couple of drops of the fragrance and stir in.
Pour the melted moisturizer into a silicon mold. I actually used an inexpensive Wilton mold meant for brownie bites. You could probably use an ice cub tray or candy molds too.
The best thing is these wonderous little bars moisturized without being to greasy and they are all natural! I will be making them again.
This is a SIMPLE project. I completed my lotion bars in under an hour and could have easily had kids helping!
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