DIY Vegan Lotion Bars

April 29, 2015By 22 Comments

DIY vegan lotion barsI’ve been on a DIY beauty spree lately! My latest and greatest recipe: DIY Vegan Lotion Bars! They are super easy and inexpensive to whip up, and they’re completely all-natural with mega nourishing ingredients (zero fillers, just skin-loving butters, oils, and waxes).

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DIY Lotion Bars

What you’ll need:

  • 3 tbsp. candelilla wax
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa butter
  • 3 tbsp. shea butter
  • 5 tbsp. avocado oil
  • your favorite essential oils (I used 60 drops of lavender)
  • silicon mold of choice (you can use cupcake liners, too)

Try to use organic ingredients if possible.

This recipe makes 6 small lotion bars.


  1. In a double boiler or microwave, melt your wax and cocoa butter.IMG_1206
  2. Add your shea butter and avocado oil to the mix and allow everything to melt completely.
  3. Remove from heat and add your essential oils. Be sure to stir them in well.
  4. Pour mixture into your silicone molds and let cool until solid (wait at least an hour)DIY lotion bars
  5. Carefully pop them out of the mold and enjoy!

These make excellent gifts, too. Just plop ’em in a tin, add a fancy ribbon or bow, and abadda-bing, badda-boom! Prezzie!

Be sure to check out the rest of Vegan Beauty Review’s easy-peasy DIY Beauty recipes! xo

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  1. Danielle says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m going to be trying it this weekend.

    But I wanted to know what is the shelf life of this lotion bar? I plan to gift them so I wanted to give clear instructions.


  2. Mary Coleman says:

    Would this recipe work in a pushup container (like deodorant) instead of molding it?

  3. Emmy says:

    Do you have a link to the silicone mold that you bought? Thanks!

  4. Patrice says:

    Will it hold together without the coacoa butter.?

    • HANNAH BOLGER says:

      Cocoa is important in this bar. Coconut oil, she’s butte and oils ar wall soft. You need the cocoa to harden the bar. If you didn’t you would need to add more wax which isn’t moisturising

  5. Emmy says:

    Do you need to use shea butter or can you do without? If I do need it, can I replace it with something else?

    • Sunny says:

      Yes, you’ll want to have a moisturizing butter in your lotion bars. You can replace it cocoa butter, mango butter, or kokum butter. Hope this helps! 🙂

  6. Suzanne says:

    I was wondering the same thing about the wax; what is its function and could I get rid of it? I don’t have any real objection to it, it’s just the only thing I don’t have in the house in order to get this up and running. Thank you!

  7. Kristi says:

    Hi. Can you substitute soy wax for the candelilla wax?

  8. Ann says:

    Where did u get your mold? It’s so cute!

  9. Chelsea says:

    Is it possible to substitute avocado oil for another oil like coconut or olive?

  10. Kati says:

    Hi – Great post. I was just wondering what the shelf life might be for these. Thanks!

  11. Yvette says:

    I would omit the wax.

  12. Ashli Cooper says:

    Oh these are just too cute! I’m so excited to try them since I have all the ingredients except the mold. I’m starting to minimize the amount of trash I produce and incorporate more zero waste practices into my life, so these are perfect!

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