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DIY Shea Butter Solid Lotion Sticks

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Have you taken a close look at the ingredients list in your body products? How many can you actually identify? As I begin my journey to a healthier and less toxic consumer, I decided to do just that. And, quite frankly, what I found bothered me.

Our so-called healing ointments and lotions have ingredients in them that can cause irritation?? What?? That doesn’t sound right! Not to mention artificial fragrances that can cause asthma and allergies. No thank you! I knew I had to find an alternative and fast. I decided I had two options; one, I could search out a less harmful option or, two, I could make my own.

After a bit of research, making my own didn’t look that difficult. And to make it even easier, I stumbled upon a kit that includes everything you need to try it out. It even includes samples so you have an idea of any changes you might want to make to customize it to your liking. The DIY kit from  is so easy to do, with simple directions and even a how to video to watch. It contains all the natural ingredients to make lotion bars and a few lip balms. I decided to make mine into sticks using a deodorant type container. It makes it, in my opinion, easier to apply especially for kids. But you could also make it in a soap mold, mini cookie tin, ice cube tray, etc… The list goes on…

If you have never tried hard lotion before, I am certain you will fall in love with it immediately like I did. The natural warmth of your body causes the lotion stick to heat up and melt leaving behind a nice protectant for your skin. Because of its consistency, this solid lotion makes a great heel balm for rough feet. It is fun and easy for kids to apply themselves. And, my favorite part, its not messy at all!

Not sure of what essential oils to add?? Lavender has antimicrobial properties making it great for dry itchy skin. Frankincence has the ability to strengthen skin and help heal eczema. Chamomile is another essential oil that is great for the skin. Peppermint is as well and it helps to sooth itchy skin. Try just one or try a mix for added benefit. The possibilities are endless.
**Note: After testing and extensive researching, I have been committed to doTERRA essential oils for quite some time now. You can read more about how I came to that decision and why HERE.**

What You Need to Make Solid Lotion Sticks

double broiler or a pot & pyrex measuring glass
empty deodorant containers
wooden skewer or spoon
diy lotion and lip balm kit
if you are not using the kit you will also need:
food scale
naturally refined shea butter
coconut oil, virgin & unrefined


  • 4 oz naturally refined shea butter
  • 4.5 oz beeswax
  • 4.5 oz  coconut oil
  • Essential oils if using (lavender and frankincense are my favorites for the skin)

How to Make DIY Solid Lotion Sticks

  1. If you aren’t using the kit, weigh shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil and place in the double broiler.
  2. Melt and stir with a skewer or wooden spoon.
  3. When it is completely melted, remove from heat and evenly mix in essential oils.
  4. Pour the mixture into the molds being careful not to overfill.
Shea Butter Solid Lotion Sticks

6 (2oz tubes)

Shea Butter Solid Lotion Sticks


  • 4 oz naturally refined shea butter
  • 4.5 oz beeswax
  • 4.5 oz 76 degree coconut oil
  • Essential oils if using (lavender and frankincense are my favorites for the skin)


  1. Place beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a double broiler.
  2. Melt and stir with a wooden skewer.
  3. Remove from heat, wait a few minutes and add essential oil.
  4. Stir with a wooden skewer and pour into molds.


Don’t forget to freeze the coconut oil and the shea butter before using. It is much easier to get out of the package.

I prefer using a glass measuring cup in a pot of boiling water instead of a double broiler. It is much easier for clean up.

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Have you tried making your own lotion yet? Can’t wait to hear from you!

Until next time,

Essentially Mel Signature





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