Lemongrass lotion bars on a white plate, squares and hearts

How to Make Lemongrass Lotion Bars

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Homemade lotion bars are super easy to make. You will need just a few supplies to make these lovely scented lemongrass lotion bars. Use these solid lotion bars to make your skin soft and silky. Making natural homemade body products is easy and fun!

Lemongrass lotion bars of different sizes on a plate

What are lotion bars

Lotion bars are a solid form of lotion that you can rub on. It looks like a bar of soap. But you just rub it onto your skin and it moisturizes. Lotion bars are a solid form of lotion made with non-greasy, moisturizing ingredients. Lotion bars stay solid as long as they are kept at room temperature or lower. They are super convenient and usually made of natural ingredients.

Making your own body products is eco-friendly because you can make them plastic-free. It’s convenient because it’s easier to transport a small lotion bar than a clunky bottle of lotion. Plus, it won’t spill. And you can even travel with them on a plane. No liquid. But best of all, they are good for you. No chemicals. No additives. Nothing harmful. It’s not as hard as you might think to ditch and switch to natural products.

These lemongrass lotion bars are tinted green so they would show up in the photos, but you can make them the natural yellowish color of the ingredients. Everything in them is healthy and safe and you’re going to fall in love with them!

For more lotion bar ideas, check out these sweet orange lotion bars too!

Body butter vs lotion

Your skin is an essential part of who you are, so it’s worth taking the time to find the best ways to care for it.

Body butter is thick and creamy and lotion is lighter on the skin. Which is better for your skin? Both! Body butter spreads on easier, but lotion absorbs better. If you’re doing a deep moisture treatment, body butter can work well. And if you’re in a hurried everyday situation, the lotion is best.

How to use lotion bars

You can use your lotion bar dry throughout the day or apply it to slightly damp skin after you get out of the shower. Warm the bar between your hands for a few seconds, working it into your palms, allowing it to melt just slightly. 

Rub the bar directly onto your skin, working it into dry cracked areas. The bar leaves behind a thin layer of moisturizing oils that will sink deep into the skin and keep it hydrated throughout the day.

Store your lotion bars in a cool, dry place. Too much warmth or steam could cause the product to melt.

ingredients for lotion bars

Lotion bars DIY

Makes 18 bars if using the same mold


  • 2 oz beeswax
  • 2 oz shea butter
  • 2 oz sweet almond oil
  • 25 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • Heart and square molds
lemongrass lotion bars being poured into molds to harden


  1. Add beeswax and shea butter to a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl. A spout for pouring is best and less messy.
  2. Heat for 30-second intervals, removing and stirring between each heat session, until the beeswax is fully melted. This will take a few minutes.
  3. Add the sweet almond oil, then heat for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Add essential oil, and stir well.
  5. Pour into the molds, and refrigerate for 1 hour to set.
Heart and square shaped lemongrass lotion bars on a plate

Does lemongrass repel mosquitoes

Does lemongrass repel mosquitoes and other related insects like flies? According to several pieces of research, it does! It has been found to be superior to some commercial mosquito repellants in that, it sustains higher repellency for a longer duration. We use it in our homemade mosquito repellant and it works!

Lemongrass, also known as citronella grass, is not only an effective mosquito repellent but useful in other ways too. Citronella grass is often confused with citronella scented geranium. For this reason, most garden centers or plant nurseries sell citronella scented geranium as a mosquito repelling plant but it is not as effective as citronella grass).

Citronella scented geranium is a tender perennial with deeply cut, serrated, and crinkled soft green leaves. The leaves exude a strong citrus scent when bruised. Lemongrass is a perennial plant with thin, long leaves that exude a beautiful lemony scent when bruised. They can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.

Mosquito repelling is just another great reason to make lemongrass lotion bars to use this summer!

Also try Vanilla bean soap with Ylang Ylang for relaxing power!

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