How to Make a Vegan Moisturizing Bar
A moisturizing bar provides hydration to skin exposed to the cold, dry elements of winter. You might be more familiar with these being called lotion bars; however with the absence of water, I find that it doesn’t quite capture the true idea of the product. These bars are made with a basic recipe of: carrier oil(s), butter(s) and wax. You can choose what oils and butters you’d like for the results and/or benefits you want: a softer/harder bar, quicker/slower absorption, for sensitive skin, etc.
For this recipe I chose the following ingredients based on their properties:
- Grape Seed Oil - Fast absorption, light oil, leaves skin silky, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, scar reducing, skin balancing, restores collagen, good for normal, sensitive and oily skin types.
- Mango Butter - Quick absorption, soothing, gentle, good for sensitive skin, moisturizing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, healing, maintains skin’s elasticity and flexibility.
- Candelilla Wax (Plant derived) - Vegan alternative
- Dried Calendula - Wonderfully healing for chapped, irritated and inflamed skin.
What I love about these bars is that they don’t require a preservative, because of the absence of water, which makes them 100% natural! As long as there is no water or moisture exposure, they will last about a year.
- Small Pyrex measuring cup
- Small sauce pot
- Kitchen towel
- Kitchen scale
- 5 oz Grape Seed Oil
- 5 oz Mango Butter
- 2 oz Candelilla Wax
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Calendula Petals (optional)
- Silicone mold or cupcake pan with foil liners
- Weigh out the oil, butter and wax in the Pyrex measuring cup and set aside
- Fill the sauce pot with water and place it on the stove top, turning the heat to medium low
- Place the measuring cup in the water bath, making sure that the water line is well below the top of the cup
- The water will come to a gentle simmer, causing the ingredients to slowly melt; stir the mixture often. Depending on your stove, the melting process could take approximately 30 minutes. During the melting phase check for water evaporation; if this occurs, remove the Pyrex cup and add more water to the pot and then replace the cup
- Once the ingredients are fully melted, remove the cup from pot and towel dry the bottom and sides of it
- Add the Calendula petals to the mixture and stir well
- Pour the mixture carefully into the silicone mold. If you are using a cupcake pan, line each compartment with a foil liner and carefully fill them
- Allow the bars to completely cool before unmolding
Now that you’re all done, store your creations in a tin, zip lock bag or any reusable container. These make a perfect gift any time of year and you can personalize them to an individual with additives like essential oils, fragrance oils, colorants or other botanical additives. The possibilities are endless!
Until next time, discover the power of what you can create in your kitchen.