I got the idea for an in-shower moisturizer a year or so ago after stumbling across Curious Soapmaker’s blog about trying to recreate a Lush product – body conditioner bars. I don’t believe they sell these anymore, but I was intrigued by the concept. Using fresh banana and avocado in the recipe, however, just freaked me out – you’d have to use it all up immediately in one use or you’d have a nasty, moldy mess. Sometimes I don’t know how Lush gets away with this stuff…but I digress.
The point is, I liked the idea of a body conditioner, because my skin itches like crazy in the winter (I take longer, hotter showers when it’s cold, which probably isn’t helping). So I decided to make this without following the Lush recipe at all. Instead, I modified my own lotion bar recipe to make it more melty, and ended up with a product that is quick to apply and keeps my skin moisturized all day.
I keep one of these in the shower, next to my soap. It stays in the container with the lid on, so it doesn’t melt away when I’m not using it. I got five little bars out of this 8 oz recipe and each bar lasts a little over a week.
Skin Conditioning In-Shower Moisturizer Recipe
- 6.4 oz cocoa butter
- 1.2 oz apricot kernel oil (or other quick absorbing oil like meadowfoam, grapeseed, hemp)
- .4 oz beeswax pastilles
- up to .08 oz fragrance or essential oil (I think .05 is plenty, but the cocoa butter scent is strong, so you don’t really need to bother with fragrance)
- 1 ml (.04%) vitamin E (tocopherol) – I skipped this because I don’t intend to sell these.
Melt the cocoa butter and beeswax over low heat. Add the apricot kernel oil, vitamin E and fragrance. Pour into melt-resistant 1-4 oz plastic containers with lids. You will need to be able to pop your bar out of the container once it has hardened, so make sure the plastic has a little give to it. I use containers from Dollar Tree or Dollar General for this. They are very inexpensive.
How To Use Your In-Shower Moisturizer Bar
After bathing, while your skin is still wet, rub the bar over your skin. The heat of your skin will cause the bar to melt, leaving moisturizer behind. Place the bar back in its container and rub your hands over your skin to evenly distribute the moisturizer. Pat your skin dry with a towel (don’t rub or you’ll wipe it away).
At this point, I put on a bath robe and put on my facial moisturizer and deodorant and brush my hair. By the time I’m ready to get dressed, the moisturizer has absorbed, so I don’t have to worry about it staining my clothes.