I think I’ve arrived at that stage in life where I have plenty of “things” and so do many of my friends and family, so I’ve come up with a gift giving policy. With the exception of books, I try to give presents that can be used, so they don’t clutter up a house and need to be dusted.
These lotion bars are a good example of my policy and because they are handmade, the recipient knows it’s a gift from my heart.
Gardener's Lotion Bar
3 ounces grated beeswax (beeswax usually comes in a cake and is available at health food and craft stores)
3 ounces cocoa butter (cocoa butter comes in a pot and is available at health food stores)
3 ounces shea butter (shea butter comes in a pot and is available at health food stores)
3 ounces oil (olive, almond or jojoba)
Essential oil for fragrance (optional)
Rubber or plastic soap mold (available at craft or hobby stores.)
Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and shea butter in a double boiler. Don't melt beeswax in the microwave. It will spark and possibly explode.
Whisk in the oil.
Add a few drops off essential oil for fragrance, if you'd like.
Pour into a rubber or plastic soap molds.
Set aside to harden overnight.
Pop out the moisture bars and wrap in wax paper.
Makes 3 medium sized bars.