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Lotion Bar Recipe for stitching hands

The fibers in fabric can pull oils from your hands leading to dry, cracked skin which can snag folk embroidery fabrics and flosses. I keep these lotion bars in a small tin in my embroidery workbag and use them as needed while I'm stitching. Made from beeswax, coconut oil, and cocoa butter, they soak quickly into skin and don't leave a residue on your stitching.

To make the lotion bars, I use inexpensive silicon mini soap molds and a few basic ingredients along with little 2 oz metal tins to store them in so I can keep one in my embroidery bag, one in my desk, and one in my car. A batch makes about 20 little lotion bars so I make it up every 6 months or so and keep the extras in a Mason jar.

Lotion Bar Recipe

4 ounces coconut oil (available at Trader Joe's, Costco, or your favorite store)

6 ounces cocoa butter discs (available at Amazon)

4 ounces white beeswax (available at Amazon), grated or coarse-chopped

2 ounce metal tins (available at Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon)

Place a 3 quart sauce pan on the stove and fill it with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a low simmer. Place a metal bowl on top of it to form a double boiler. Carefully melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax until liquid. Pour into silicon soap molds and let harden. Store in a Mason jar or small 2 oz metal tins.

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