DIY Bronzing Lotion Bars Recipe

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Lotion bars are one among my favourite DIY magnificence merchandise. They’re compact, simple to journey with, and enjoyable to make. I’ve created fairly just a few variations on my common lotion bar recipe over time. 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 outdoors. However typically (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 had 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 elective as we prefer to get vitamin D when doable. If you happen to 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 scent great. I prefer to pack a bunch for the seaside and preserve them in a cooler in order that they don’t soften. If you happen to’d favor, miss the beeswax for a lotion as an alternative.

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

Skincare Secure Important Oils

Listed here are some important oil mix concepts that assist pores and skin well being and scent nice in a lotion bar. You can too use any of the important oils beneath on their very own.

Standard Bronzing Lotion

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

The principle chemical authorized by the FDA for self-tanner use is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). The FDA additionally says to verify to not get any DHA on mucus membranes, within the mouth, or to breathe it in. That final one is usually a little onerous 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 refined, in contrast to some self-tanning lotion choices on the retailer. I don’t fear about matching it to my pores and skin tone because the 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 somewhat extra coloration, I’ll additionally add some mica powder. This offers pores and skin extra of a shimmer than coloration. Or you need to use some pure mineral make-up in a darkish shade to present extra protection.

It gained’t be the identical because the sunless tanner from the make-up aisle, however for my part, that’s a very good factor.

The best way to Infuse Coconut Oil with Espresso:

To get the pure bronzing impact, I infused coconut oil with finely floor espresso. I made an enormous batch so I’d have some to retailer, however you can 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 coloration.
  3. Pressure via cheesecloth or outdated t-shirt and let cool.
  4. Use this for the coconut oil within the recipe beneath.
bronzing lotion bars

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 elective SPF and bug safety!


  • Mix all the components apart 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 popular.

  • Carry the water to a low simmer. Stir the components continually till melted and easy.

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

  • Fastidiously pour the combination into your molds.

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


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

The best way to Use the Lotion Bars

To make use of, maintain the bar in your hand and punctiliously 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 loo counter.

Further Notes

The darkish coloration gained’t present within the bar, particularly should you add zinc oxide. However it should darken the pores and skin.

A few of the coloration 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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