This lavender chamomile solid lotion bar recipe is great for dry skin and eczema. By infusing the dried herbs with carrier oils, you can get the benefits of both for this easy recipe.
As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, it’s important to take care of your skin. The dry winter air and cold temperatures can lead to dry skin.
This lavender chamomile solid lotion bar recipe is easy to make with herbal infused carrier oils. Since it’s a hard lotion and doesn’t have water in it, there’s no need for a preservative.
This makes it a great recipe for beginners and those who are new to making DIY bath and body recipes.
Solid lotion bars have no containers, so they have zero waste. I keep mine in a tin like this one, but it can be reused over and over again.
Since they are solid, there’s no risk of it spilling or leaking. These are great for putting in your purse or in your desk for a natural lotion without worrying about a bottle of lotion spilling out of the bottle.
You’ll see lavender in many DIY bath and body recipes because it’s so wonderful for the skin. Lavender essential oil is a gentle oil, so it’s used in soaps, lotions, and more.
Lavender essential oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. If you have dry skin and scratch a lot, using an antimicrobial essential oil like lavender can help prevent a secondary infection from scratching.
Lavender is also a natural anti-inflammatory. It can help control inflammation from dry or irritated skin.
It shouldn’t be used on broken skin, but it can help relieve dry skin, including dry skin from eczema or psoriasis.
Lavender helps neutralize the pH balance of your skin. If your pH balance is off, it can cause itching and dry skin.
It also has some anti-aging properties, so it can help reduce the visible signs of aging on the skin.
Lavender has these properties both in the essential oil and in the herb. By infusing the carrier oils with dried lavender buds, you can get the benefits of lavender for more of the properties for the skin.
Chamomile is often used as a tea, but the essential oil and dried buds can also be used topically for their benefits. It is high in antioxidants and is naturally anti-inflammatory.
Chamomile is great for dry skin and eczema because it is anti-inflammatory and gentle on the skin.
It has phytochemicals and polyphenols that can promote skin healing, which can help heal dry skin and eczema
You can use chamomile topically, but it would be messy in this solid lotion bar recipe. Instead, we will infuse the carrier oils with chamomile to get the benefits of chamomile without the mess.
Wheat germ oil is a wonderful carrier oil for dry skin, but it is heavy oil.
It can also have a strong odor, so you will usually mix it with another carrier oil to get the benefits of both oils.
Wheat germ oil comes from the embryo of the wheat seed, so it’s packed nutrients like potassium, selenium, zinc, iron, and phosphorus that your skin needs.
It’s also high in vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant. It can help fight damage from free radicals and have some anti-aging properties. It also has vitamins A, B, and D to promote skin health.
Wheat germ oil forms a barrier on top of the skin. This helps seal in moisture and help the other ingredients in this solid lotion bar recipe penetrate the skin and sit on top of the skin to heal.
Wheat germ oil is also said to promote collagen production. This can help reduce the appearance of scars and promote healing. This also makes it a great oil to use for eczema.
Jojoba oil is actually a wax, but it is a liquid like an oil. It’s naturally anti-inflammatory to help dry skin. It can help calm the skin, including skin that’s irritated from eczema.
It has vitamin E, an antioxidant, and B vitamins to nourish the skin.
Jojoba oil is very similar to the oil that our bodies naturally produce on top of the skin. When you use jojoba oil on the skin, it can balance oil production.
It also moisturizes the skin, making this a great solid lotion bar recipe for eczema.
Shea butter is a solid at room temperature, but it starts to melt at body temperature. This helps this solid lotion bar melt as it glides across the skin.
It is also a natural anti-inflammatory. Shea butter moisturizes dry and itchy skin with its essential fatty acids and promotes skin elasticity.
Beeswax is what gives this solid lotion bar recipe it’s bulk and makes it solid at room temperature.
Beeswax also forms a barrier on top of the skin, so it helps trap the carrier oils, essential oil, and shea butter against the skin so it can penetrate deeper into the skin.
Lavender and chamomile can both be applied topically to the skin. You could add the dried herbs to this lotion, but it would be messy to use it. You can get the benefits of the dried herb by infusing the herbs in a carrier oil.
When you infuse oils and herbs, it’s important to start with dried herbs. If there is any moisture in the herbs, mold and bacteria can grow.
Infusing oils and herbs doesn’t have exact measurements. The important thing is to completely cover the herbs with the oils so air doesn’t get into the mixture.
Since we’re only using 3.5 oz by weight of oils for this lavender chamomile solid lotion bar recipe, weigh four ounces of oils.
I used both wheat germ oil and jojoba oil. I used 1 oz of wheat germ oil and the rest was jojoba oil.
In an 8-ounce mason jar, add equal amounts of dried lavender and chamomile to fill half of the jar. Cover with the wheat germ and jojoba oil mixture.
Put a cap on the jar and let sit in a cool place for two weeks. You can also use heat to infuse your oils. Set the jar on a canning ring in a pan of water and heat on low for 4 hours to infuse the oils and herbs.
When the oils and herbs have infused, use cheesecloth to strain out the herbs. Discard the herbs because they will have lost their therapeutic properties.
Infuse the carrier oils with the dried herbs as directed above. Weigh 3.5 oz and place in a double boiler.
Weigh and add shea butter and beeswax to the oils.
Heat over medium heat in a double boiler until completely melted.
Carefully remove from heat and let cool to 180 degrees and add the lavender essential oil. I use a laser thermometer to check the temperature.
If you are using mica to color your solid lotion bar recipe, add it now.
Stir well and carefully pour into a silicone mold. Let sit until hardened.
This lavender chamomile solid lotion bar recipe is ready to use as soon as it’s cool. To use, rub it over your skin. It will melt at body temperature, leaving your skin moisturized.
Store your lavender chamomile lotion bars in a tin to keep them clean. You can also take them with you without worrying about a bottle of lotion leaking in your purse or in your car.
This post is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease.