Natural Lotion Bars Recipe that Smell Like Summer

While we may still be in the throes of winter, I am already seeing little glimpses of spring. Little rays of sun are already peeking through the clouds. Garden catalogs have begun to collect in my mailbox. Spring is on the horizon!

However, most days seem to be quite dull and gray here. It is still cold with alternating snow and rain and my skin is drier than ever.

Lotion Bar Recipe: All-Natural

In an attempt to lift my spirits, I decided to make a new lotion bar recipe. If you are unfamiliar with lotion bars, they are a wonderful and convenient way to moisturize skin with little hassle. Lotion bars are normally made from a mix of oils, butters, and waxes. I prefer beeswax and nourishing oils for my lotion bars.

Ingredients to Remind You of Summer

I’ve been experimenting with mango butter a lot lately. Mango butter is slightly grainy, light in texture, and smells slightly of mango. It is high in vitamins A, C, and E which are wonderfully nourishing for skin. Mango butter works well to combat dry skin and to smooth rough patches. Plus, mangoes make me think of summer, so of course I had to include this butter in my blend.

Another go-to oil I use for dry skin is sweet almond oil. It is light, great for sensitive skin, and also moisturizing. Sweet almond oil is affordable too! It is odorless which makes it a great addition to any recipe.

As I stated before, I prefer to use beeswax in my lotion bars. It is such a wonderful wax and gives lotion bars a nice honey yellow color. Not to mention that beeswax has numerous benefits for skin.

To make this recipe smell like summer I chose three citrus oils that also compliment the scent of the mango butter. Lime, bergamot, and sweet orange essential oils all have bright, summery qualities.  Since it is winter here and it is very unlikely that I’ll be encountering much sun, I feel comfortable putting the citrus oils into my lotion bars.

IMPORTANT: Sweet Orange and Lime, if cold pressed are not phototoxic, however, if they are expressed Lime, Lemon, and Bitter Orange are phototoxic. The recommendation is to stay out of the sun for 24 hours after using phototoxic oils per the NAHA.

A Few Notes

This recipe is super easy to make and can really be customized to your needs. Feel free to swap the mango butter for another hard butter or oil that is solid at room temperature. (Shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, etc.) You can also use another liquid oil like olive or jojoba. You can also exchange the citrus oils for another suitable essential oil like lavender or juniper berry.

I prefer to use smaller molds for my lotion bars as it makes them easier to handle. I normally choose 1 ounce or smaller silicone molds. Silicone molds definitely make it easier to remove the lotion bars.

Ray of Sunshine Lotion Bar Recipe


  • 4 tablespoons unrefined mango butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops lime essential oil
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil


  1. In a double boiler, melt mango butter, sweet almond oil, and beeswax.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and stir.
  3. Slowly stir in essential oils, mixing well.
  4. Pour into small molds.
  5. Allow to cool and harden (1-2 hours or pop yours in the freezer for a few minutes).
  6. Remove from molds.

To Use

  1. Wash and pat skin dry.
  2. Gently massage area with lotion bar.
  3. As body heat warms the bar, it will melt and coat the skin.
  4. Massage in excess lotion.
  5. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or tanning beds for a few hours since these contain citrus oils. (See “IMPORTANT” note above for more information.)


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