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DIY Lotion Bar and Salve Base

DIY Lotion Bar

 

Making your own lotion and salves 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 which 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!

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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.

This is 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 a special DIY recipe. To make a 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.

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.

Mama Z's Salve Base & DIY Lotion Bar
 
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Get everything completely melted and immediately remove from heat.
  3. After 5-10 minutes, before it starts to solidify, add Oil Base.
  4. Store mixture in quart or pint wide mouth mason jars.
  5. * 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.
Notes
* No matter what allergies you may have, there's a carrier oil that's right for you. You can use any, or a combination of these: Avocado, Fractionated Coconut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sweet Almond.

* 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

Safety & Contraindications

Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?

 Let me help take out the guesswork and download my FREE roller bottle guide HERE.

Essential Oil Roller Bottle Dilution Guide

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

CLICK HERE to download my free EO Roller Bottle Dilution Chart! 

As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.

 

 



This post currently has 35 comments.

  1. Kristin Townsend
    May 30, 2017

    I have tried repeatedly to sign up for the Roller Bottle Dilution Guide but nothing seems to happen and nothing comes in my email. Is there a solution? Thanks.

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    • Dr. Z
      June 1, 2017

      Hi Kristin,

      We’ve had thousands of folks sign up with no problem so I wonder if it’s a cookie/cache issue or some other tech glitch. Please contact our customer support team at Support[at]DrEricZ.com and they’ll get you all set up. 🙂

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  2. Joy
    May 28, 2017

    You’re talking about bars, but the recipe says “store mixture in quart or pint wide mouth mason jars”. I can’t see how you could use anything that solidified in a mason jar. What am I missing?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 29, 2017

      It’s a base that you can make for bars or to store in a mason jar. 🙂

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  3. Janene Hale McMorris
    November 27, 2016

    Can you use plastic salve jars in place of the glass ones? I ordered plastic before I did any research on any of this.

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    • Dr. Z
      November 27, 2016

      Ideally, all DIY recipes that use essential oils should be stored in glass. However, if the mixture is diluted enough, it should be fine.

      The problem is that the EOs eat away at the petrochemicals in plastic and erode them.

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      • Heather
        March 12, 2017

        If I am allergic to coconut, can I still use coconut oil?

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  4. Lisa
    November 27, 2016

    If this hardens to the consistency of a bar of soap, how do I apply to the skin? Will it melt due to body heat? Is there a way to make it softer so it’s more lotion like? I’ve tried some other recipes that included beeswax and they are very heavy and left a waxy coating on my skin, which I didn’t care for.

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    • Dr. Z
      November 27, 2016

      Yes, body heat will melt it immediately. Also, if your house is warm inside, it will affect the consistency.

      Feel free to omit the beeswax or cut it in half to reduce hardness and that waxy coating feeling. 🙂

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  5. Angel Merry
    October 4, 2016

    Do you have any suggestions for replacing beeswax? I have an allergy to that and propolis. I will get major welts that ooze and look like 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

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    • Dr. Z
      October 11, 2016

      Hi Angel,

      Please check out the recipe above for links: * If you are allergic to beeswax, try Candelilla Wax or Bayberry Wax or Shea butter.

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  6. LW
    October 1, 2016

    Why do you suggest yellow bees wax? I have white bees wax. I guess it is bleached somehow. Is that the reason?

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    • Dr. Z
      October 2, 2016

      Hi LW,

      We recommend yellow because we’ve had good results from it, but really have no bias against a good, white bees wax product. Go for it, and let us know how it works! 🙂

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  7. Anon
    July 28, 2016

    1. “…add everything but Mama Z’s Oil Base and the raw organic coconut oil to the jar.”

    Where is the raw organic coconut oil in the ingredient list?

    Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Dr. Z
      July 28, 2016

      Should be “carrier oil.” Thanks for pointing that out. All fixed now!! 🙂

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      • Anon
        August 19, 2016

        Great, thanks! One more thing: In the instructions, 1. says to add everything (except Oil Base & carrier oil). However, 3. says to add mango butter (which should’ve been added in #1).

        Should mango butter instead say Oil Base & Carrier oil?

        Thanks again!

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        • Dr. Z
          August 19, 2016

          Yes, that was corrected!

          You looking for a job? We obviously need a good editor!! 😉

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          • Anon
            September 27, 2016

            LOL 🙂

             
    • Sarah Yoder
      October 1, 2016

      Thanks for the free gift “ebook” and the recipe. You are awesome!

        Reply
      • Dr. Z
        October 2, 2016

        You’re welcome! 🙂

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  8. Anon
    July 26, 2016

    The recipe says, “add everything but Mama Z’s Oil Base and the raw organic coconut oil to the jar.”

    However, raw organic coconut oil is not on the ingredient list!

    (Are you substituting raw organic coconut oil for fractionated coconut oil as the carrier oil?)

    Thanks!

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    • Customer Support
      August 2, 2016

      Anon,

      We changed both instances to say Carrier Oil, then put some information on carrier oils in the recipe card. We’re finding a lot of people are allergic to one of our favorites so we want to be sure people know they can use their favorite!

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  9. Karen
    July 16, 2016

    Hi, I evidently have a sensitivity to beeswax. For example, lip balm with beeswax will make my lips swell after just a couple days’ use. Is there some wax that will have the same hardness as beeswax and work as well? Thanks so much… really wanting to make this and lip balm!

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  10. Debbie
    July 9, 2016

    Will this be hard like a bar of soap or soft like a cream base

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    • Dr. Z
      July 9, 2016

      More like a bar of soap. 🙂

        Reply
  11. Cheryl
    May 29, 2016

    How do you make the lotion Bar into a bar? Instructions say store in mason jar. Also, how to use?

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    • Customer Support
      June 13, 2016

      Cheryl,

      A lot of people have an old muffin tin to pour the mixture into then let it harden. I wouldn’t use the one you bake with tho as some of these oils and the beeswax can be hard to clean out of it.

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      • M
        November 27, 2016

        Line the tin with parchment paper before adding the mixed ingredients.

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  12. Les
    May 20, 2016

    Thank you so much for all the great information. I look forward to weekly e-mail from Dr. Z.
    Les

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    • Dr. Z
      May 20, 2016

      Thanks Les!! 🙂

        Reply
  13. Melanie
    May 19, 2016

    I am afraid of Kokum, Shea and mango butters due to my anaphylactic tree nut allergy. Maybe my fears are unfounded, but do you have any suggestions for alternatives? Thank you. You guys are new resource for us. I really appreciate your expertise and wisdom.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 26, 2016

      Hi Melanie,

      Fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil are good alternatives (if you’re not allergic of course).

        Reply
  14. Dawn Arlander
    May 17, 2016

    Link won’t take me too mama z’s oil base. Can you help for I don’t know what that is. Thanks
    Dawn

      Reply
    • Dwan Perrin
      May 17, 2016

      Hi Dawn,

      I apologize for that tech glitch. The link has been updated now. You can find the instructions for creating Mama Z’s Oil Base here –> http://drericz.com/mama-zs-oil-base/

      Blessings!

        Reply

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