Lovely Lotion Bars from The Soap King. They are simply to make and once you have made them you can simply package them in a travel candle tin with some tissue paper. And to top it off you can place a label on the lid. What a unique and handmade gift to give to friends and family for any occassion.
In this recipe, The Soap King left out fragrance and coloring. He does mention it in his instructions. Just be careful when you add coloring. If it is waterbased it may not totally incorporate since this recipe has oils in it. And we all know that water and oil do not mix. You can either used essential or fragrance oil to scent your recipe. If you infuse your oil with lavender (or any other herb), I would suggest not scenting your recipe because the natural fragrance will pentrate the oil.
Another fair warning: In the recipe, the author mentions melting your beeswax in the microwave. I have always been told not too because of its flashpoint and it may combust and start a fire. It is just as easy to melt it in a double boiler.
The author also gives this tip:
If your balm is very hot when you pour, it is more likely to crack on the tops as it cools. If you start getting cracks, pour at a lower temperature. Wait for 1 hour before moving, then cap, label and use. I like to put mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes to help them pop right out of the mold. Try using the Bug-Be-Gone Synergy Blend with an inspect inspired mold. You'll be a real hit at any outdoor festival or market this summer.
To view the complete recipe on how to make these lotion bars, visit The Soap King's Blog entry on July 1, 2010 - Lovely Lotion Bars.