The more comfortable I am getting with making balms and lotion bars, the more I am willing to experiment with new ingredients and create something different. In my entire experiment, I find lotion bars are the easiest to make. Lotions bars are a simple way to moisturize and nourish the skin. Not just that, with a change of oils you can customize the lotion bar for a variety of uses.
Today I wanted to work on a pain relief lotion bar, instead I ended up making a warm and nourishing pain scrub bar. I used two of the most common ingredients found in an Indian kitchen – cloves and cinnamon to give it a different fragrance and feel. Both these spices have warming properties which means that they release a certain amount of heat that works wonders on pains and aches.
You can also use the essential oils of clove and cinnamon if you do not want the scrub texture to the pain relief lotion bars. These Homemade DIY Pain Relief Lotion Bars are easy to store and I just love the fragrance. It works wonderfully on sore and tired muscles!
Making the Homemade DIY Pain Relief Lotion Bars
What is in it
- 2 powdered cloves
- 2 pinches of cinnamon powder
- Pure coconut oil – 1 tsp
- Cocoa butter – 1 tsp (you can also use shea butter)
- Raw beeswax – 1.25 tsp
- Essential oils – I used peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender (4-5 drops each)
- 2-3 sprays of grape-seed oil
- Moulds to set the bar
Getting it ready
All that has to be done is combine the ingredients, except the essential oils, grape-seed oil and the cinnamon and clove powder. Now place the bowl as a double boiler over a saucepan with 2 – 3 inches of water in it. Use the lowest flame possible and constantly stir the butters and wax. It should completely melt in 5 minutes. Take it off the burner when it has completely melted, add the essential oils, two sprays of the grape-seed oil and the powdered clove and cinnamon. Mix it well and pour it in the mould. All the powder will settle down at the bottom of the mould.
How to use and store
To apply on your skin or any affected area, hold the bar in your palm to transfer heat. Now carefully rub it on the dry skin. The heat from your skin will melt the bar a bit on contact and it will be easier to apply. The scrub side should not be rubbed vigorously as it can cause abrasions.
I store my lotion bars in a tin and keep it in a refrigerator. You will need to clean your skin with a tissue paper to get rid of the cinnamon and clove powder.
Note: the bar is perfectly fine to make even without the powders!
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