October through November is probably one of my favorite times of the year. The weather finally starts to get cooler, you can take out your fall and winter clothes, and you get to look forward to all the upcoming holidays. Or, at least I do! Especially when it comes to pumpkin pie.
If you recall from my last post, you know that I tried out Plant Therapy’s fall essential oil collection and how much I love the pumpkin pie blend. It’s absolutely delicious so I knew I had to make something that I could slather on to not only combat dry skin in the upcoming months but also smell like Autumn.
Enter Pumpkin Pie Lotion Bars.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Lotion Bars
These bars are made with a blend of butters and apricot kernel oil that give the skin softness and lasting moisture.
The bars melt on contact with warm hands and blend into the skin offering a protective layer of healing suppleness that keeps thirsty skin happy.
Add in some pumpkin pie essential oil blend and you have some amazing smelling lotions bars that are hard to resist eating!
Here’s what you need to make them:
• An accurate kitchen scale
• A small pyrex measuring cup
• A double boiler
• A lotion bar mold
• 2.5 oz beeswax pastilles (you can use white or yellow beeswax)
• 2 oz oz mango butter (can sub with other soft butters like shea butter)
• 1.5 oz cupuacu butter (can sub with other soft butter)
• 3.5 oz apricot kernel oil (can sub with your favorite carrier oil)
• 75 drops pumpkin pie essential oil blend
Depending on the molds you use, you can get about nine 1 oz lotion bars or four 2 oz lotion bars.
Loving Preparation – Pumpkin Pie Lotion Bars Recipe
1. Use the scale to measure out all of the ingredients except the essential oil into the pyrex measuring cup.
2. Next, bring 1 inch of water in a small saucepan to a gentle simmer and place the pyrex with the ingredients in the center.
3. Allow the ingredients to melt completely.
4. Once melted, remove from the heat and add the pumpkin pie essential oil blend.
5. Stir to mix, then pour the lotion bar mixture into your molds.
6. Allow to cool completely before removing.
Simply rub the lotion bars in your hands to warm the butters and oils and apply it to the skin where needed.
You can also glide the bar onto the desired area directly for easy application.
Why These Ingredients Work
The beeswax in the recipe helps to keep the lotion bar solid enough to hold its shape yet melt easily with the skin. It offers a protective barrier that helps seal in moisture and gives the essential oils more lasting power.
Mango butter is one of my very favorite soft butters. It’s lighter than popular alternatives like shea butter and sinks into the skin more readily. It has no odor and has a lovely consistency when rubbed into the skin and is very moisturizing.
This butter is really amazing for moisture retention. In fact, cupuacu butter is said to attract up to 240% more water! For this reason, it feels super creamy, boosts the skin’s natural moisture levels and plumpness, and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.
Cupuacu butter is an excellent alternative to lanolin.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil is light yet still very moisturizing to the skin. I like to use it to create lotion bars that sink into the skin more readily without leaving too much of an oily feel. In the winter months when my skin is really needing extra protection, I will opt for heavier carrier oil that offers more robust barriers against the elements.
Have you ever made lotion bars before? Share your favorite recipes below!
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