Making your own DIY lotion bar and salve is more important than you may think. Just recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally issued a ruling that officially bans the use of triclocarban, triclosan, and 17 other dangerous chemicals in hand and body washes. These products have been marketed as being more effective than good ol’ fashioned soap and water and consumers have been mislead to purchasing them. And, what most people don't realize, is that these chemicals are in most antibacterial lotions and body care products!
“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) said. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
Antibacterial product manufacturers have until 2017 to comply with the new law by removing all products from the market or that violate this ruling or remove antibacterial active ingredients. But this still isn’t enough to keep us safe. Triclosan is still in countless other products like deodorants, antiperspirants, body spray and toothpastes. For a list of products that include triclosan, click HERE.
Simply put: antibacterial products kill ALL the bacteria on your hands; including the GOOD bacteria you need for healthy skin and a properly functioning immune system. In fact, they have been shown to weaken your immune system!
DIY Lotion Bar and Salve: Clean, Fragrant & Lovely
I love making my own salve and DIY lotion bar, it is the best way I can guarantee what ingredients go into my skin care products. By making your own DIY lotion bar and other skin care products, you can choose from a variety of healthy oils to include in your products such as lovely essential oils, coconut oil, olive oil, or shea butter. Raw organic coconut oil is great for its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, jojoba oil does well because it penetrates the dermis of the skin, and vitamin E is wonderful for its awesome skin repair as well as it helps the collagen & elastin bond tight behind the skin.
When making your DIY lotion, be aware that it has a very thick base that does not melt very easily, so I recommend using a quart size mason jar as the inside of your double broiler so that you don't mess up any of your dishes or measuring cups at home.
Be sure to wait to add any essential oils until you are ready to use this mixture in the special DIY homemade lotion bar recipe. To make a DIY lotion bar, simply add in 5 drops of essential oils per 1 oz of the base and fill up a deodorant container!
To reheat this mixture either do so on a gas stove while everything is off in the warmest spot, outside in the sun, or in a room with a space heater. By heating your salve too quickly or to a temperature that is too high, you will lose some of the amazing benefits the raw ingredients offer.
Lavender is a staple essential oil for relaxation and smells heavenly. However, you can get creative with your salve and DIY lotion bar by adding your favorite essential oils. Melaleuca helps with skin rashes, whereas orange is uplifting and energizing, oregano is stronger than some antibiotics, tea tree is a wound healer, and rosemary helps balance blood pressure.
Lastly, keep in mind that certain citrus oils are photosensitizing and can cause your skin to burn or develop sunspots. For a list of photosensitizing oils click here.
Have you made your own DIY lotion bar and salve? What are your favorite essential oils to add to your homemade lotion bars? Take a good look at all your healthy options.
- Use a double boiler, or make one by setting a glass jar or measuring cup in a medium pot with 1-2 inches of water. Bring the water to boiling then turn down to med/med-high, add everything but Mama Z's Oil Base and the carrier oil to the jar.
- Get everything completely melted and immediately remove from heat.
- After 5-10 minutes, before it starts to solidify, add Oil Base.
- Store mixture in quart or pint wide mouth mason jars.
- * To make a lotion bar - add in 5 drops of essential oils per 1 oz of the base and fill up an empty deodorant container.
* If you are allergic to beeswax, try Candelilla Wax or Bayberry Wax
* Here are some of our favorite blends that work great in this highly diluted formula. Choose from below or make one up yourself. Remember, certain citrus oils are photosensitizing and can cause your skin to burn or develop sunspots. For a list of photosensitizing oils click here.
Christmas Blend - Fir needle (Balsam fir, Douglas fir, white fir), peppermint and vanilla absolute
Deep Breathing Blend - Cardamom, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree
Focus Blend - Cedar wood, frankincense, sandalwood and vetiver
Good Bye Allergy Blend - Lavender, lemon, and peppermint
Healthy Digestion Blend - Anise, caraway, fennel, ginger, lemon, tarragon
Holy Anointing Blend - cassia, cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh
Immune Boosting Blend - Cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange and lemon
Happy Blend - Orange, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit and vanilla absolute
Sleepy Time Blend - Roman chamomile, lavender, and vetiver
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