DIY Bronzing Lotion Bars Recipe

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Lotion bars are one among my favourite DIY magnificence merchandise. They’re compact, straightforward to journey with, and enjoyable to make. I’ve created fairly just a few variations on my common lotion bar recipe through the years. At this time I’m sharing my bronzing lotion bars model.

I’m all for a natural-looking tan, and I’m not afraid of getting a sun-kissed glow exterior. However generally (like within the winter), that’s not optimum. These physique bronzer lotion bars give pores and skin a pure glow and shimmer even when the solar’s not out.

I like utilizing them within the hotter months too to guard my pores and skin and as a moisturizer.

Sunscreen + Bronzing Lotion Bars

These bronzing lotion bars have been impressed by a reader from Hawaii. She talked about how she added coffee-infused oil to her lotion bars to get a bronzing impact. This impressed me to create a bronzing/bug-repelling/sunscreen bar that’s nice for the seaside.

The sunscreen half is non-obligatory as we prefer to get vitamin D when doable. When you aren’t used to pure sunscreens, I might take a look at this rigorously at first because it’s nonetheless a low SPF.

In addition they odor fantastic. I prefer to pack a bunch for the seaside and maintain them in a cooler so that they don’t soften. When you’d want, miss the beeswax for a lotion as an alternative.

I discovered these bars left a light bronzing impact, just a little solar safety, and pest safety. Not so enjoyable truth: bugs are nonetheless energetic within the winter within the South! When you don’t need/want a bug repelling bar, then there are many different important oil choices.

Skincare Protected Important Oils

Listed here are some important oil mix concepts that help pores and skin well being and odor nice in a lotion bar. You may as well use any of the important oils beneath on their very own.

Standard Bronzing Lotion

Tanning mousse, bronzing mousse, self-tanner, and different related choices aren’t on my checklist of merchandise to make use of. They normally have chemical substances I’d moderately not placed on my pores and skin. To not point out they’re typically not as streak-free as claimed. I’d moderately skip the appliance mitt and the orange tone.

The principle chemical accepted by the FDA for self-tanner use is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). The FDA additionally says to ensure to not get any DHA on mucus membranes, within the mouth, or to breathe it in. That final one could be a little exhausting when it’s being slathered on the pores and skin.

Pure Bronzing Lotion Bars

There are just a few methods to make pure sunless tanning physique lotion bars. The sunless tanner impact is delicate, in contrast to some self-tanning lotion choices on the retailer. I don’t fear about matching it to my pores and skin tone for the reason that bars aren’t very darkish.

Step one is to make use of coffee-infused coconut oil for a hydrating, bronzing lotion. So as to add just a little extra shade, I’ll additionally add some mica powder. This provides pores and skin extra of a shimmer than shade. Or you should use some pure mineral make-up in a darkish shade to provide extra protection.

It received’t be the identical because the sunless tanner from the make-up aisle, however in my view, that’s factor.

The way to Infuse Coconut Oil with Espresso:

To get the pure bronzing impact, I infused coconut oil with finely floor espresso. I made a giant batch so I’d have some to retailer, however you may minimize this in half.

  1. Add 2 cups of coconut oil and 1 cup of very finely floor espresso in a double boiler.
  2. Simmer on low warmth, stirring typically, for a number of hours till the oil takes on a darkish shade.
  3. Pressure by means of cheesecloth or outdated t-shirt and let cool.
  4. Use this for the coconut oil within the recipe beneath.

Bronzing Lotion Bars For Glowing Pores and skin

Katie Wells

These espresso infused lotion bars give pores and skin a wholesome, pure glow. They even have non-obligatory SPF and bug safety!


  • Mix the entire substances aside from the important oils and mica in a quart-size mason jar. Fastidiously place the jar in a small saucepan of water on the range. Or use a double boiler if most well-liked.

  • Convey the water to a low simmer. Stir the substances always till melted and clean.

  • Take away from the warmth and stir within the important oils and mica.

  • Fastidiously pour the combination into your molds.

  • Enable the lotion bars to chill utterly earlier than popping them out of the molds.


  • As a substitute of particular person molds, you may pour the lotion bars right into a sq. silicone baking pan earlier than chopping them into bars. 
  • Retailer in a cool, dry place for as much as 6 months.

The way to Use the Lotion Bars

To make use of, maintain the bar in your hand and thoroughly rub it on dry pores and skin. The pores and skin’s warmth will switch a few of the oils from the lotion bar onto the pores and skin. I retailer mine on a small plate on my dresser and toilet counter.

Further Notes

The darkish shade received’t present within the bar, particularly in the event you add zinc oxide. However it can darken the pores and skin.

Among the shade can switch to light-colored clothes. So watch out carrying white or mild colours till the lotion has absolutely absorbed into the pores and skin.

Extra Lotion Bar Choices

When you begin making lotion bars you could not wish to cease! Listed here are a few of my different lotion bar recipes.

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