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    Default lotion bars

    Can anyone share a good recipe for lotion bars using honey or beeswax? thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aladin View Post
    Can anyone share a good recipe for lotion bars using honey or beeswax? thanks.
    Try 3 oz. beeswax
    3 oz.shea butter
    4 oz sweet almond oil
    2.5 oz. cocoa butter
    measure this out by weight and melt in a double boiler. remove from heat let cool to 120 degrees F. Stir in 1 oz. honey. Make sure to stir it in and as the temp drops below 100 degrees pour into your mold. Small dixie cups work well for this. Pour about 2 oz. in each cup. Makes a lovely bar. Honey will sometimes drop out after the bar hardens. Honey can be omitted.
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    Hey Steve,

    That recipe looks nice. I may try this one. One question, after it hardens and sets up. How long should it cure before you get to use it??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyndi View Post
    Hey Steve,

    That recipe looks nice. I may try this one. One question, after it hardens and sets up. How long should it cure before you get to use it??
    Hi Cyndi,
    You will love it and there is no wait time. As soon as it hardens you can use it. This is a big seller at our farm market. All I have to do is get it in their hands and they are hooked on it, especially in the winter, I call it lip balm for your heals, elbows and knuckles.

    Let us know how it comes out, and how you liked it!
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    Thanks Steve, I have a winter project to try.
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    Default Lotion Bars

    Any clues to the best source for prices on Shea butter, Cocoa butter? Thanks for any info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee crazy View Post
    Try 3 oz. beeswax
    3 oz.shea butter
    4 oz sweet almond oil
    2.5 oz. cocoa butter

    I tried making lotion bars with shea butter, but the shea butter gives them a very "smoky" smell. Are there different refinements of shea butter available that take out the smoky smell?


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    Are you sure it's the shea butter vs. the cocoa butter? I've found I like the deodorized cocoa butter better than the prime pressed cocoa butter. JMO

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    Do you need to add vitamin E to these to keep the oils from turning rancid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScadsOBees View Post
    Do you need to add vitamin E to these to keep the oils from turning rancid?
    yes you could add natural vit. E as a presertive, we haven't and have never encountered spoiled bars yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Hofer View Post
    I tried making lotion bars with shea butter, but the shea butter gives them a very "smoky" smell. Are there different refinements of shea butter available that take out the smoky smell?


    JH
    Gosh, I haven't noticed any smoky problems with this recipe and I have made a lot. What fragrance oils do you put in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Hofer View Post
    I tried making lotion bars with shea butter, but the shea butter gives them a very "smoky" smell. Are there different refinements of shea butter available that take out the smoky smell?


    JH

    I have never had this problem with shea butter. Are you by chance overheating the shea butter scorching it when making the bar. shea butter has a lower melting point so I always add it to the mix last. I get my shea butter from columbia foods.
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    Smile Lotion Bars, Cost of supplies

    I made a batch of lotion bars today, just like the first one on this thread from Bee Crazy, 3 oz. beeswax, 3 oz.shea butter, 4 oz sweet almond oil, 2.5 oz. cocoa butter. It turned out nice, I put it in a 1oz Tins. What retail price do you think these should sell for? What does Burts Bees get for this same type of product? With the high price of supplies and shipping, Wondering if it is worth it? My bees are costing me enough that all the extras like lotion bars have to earn me a few bucks or its not worth the effort. Any other ideas for products that do well at farmers markets?
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    I am going to bring this back for a bit if bee crazy is still around. What do you package your hand salve in for the market?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: lotion bars

    OK it doesn't have to be bee crazy, whatever you are using for the farmers market to package your hand salve I could use some hints.

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