Insect repellent lotion bar

I recently gave my tub of insect repellent to my young cousins as the headed to the village for the Christmas season.

Yesterday as I was prepping dinner outside, enjoying the cool hammartan breeze, I was attacked by a legion of sand flies!!! In seconds I was covered in hot bites totally killing the moment.

I decided to try to make a lotion bar from a book I bought {my buttered life} because I had everything I needed to hand.

A lotion bar is essentially an oil based ‘lotion’ that stays solid at room temp, held together by a high amount of beeswax. It also helps to use hard oils and butters. Actually it’s like using a bar of soap to moisturise the body.

Here it is just poured:


And after hand washing the dishes and pots:


And a few hours later:


To use a lotion bar, simply grab one and rub directly on your body. You can also rub it in your hands and then rub on your body. It leaves a very light coating on the skin. It’s super cool.

What makes this lotion bug/insect repellent is the addition of Citronella essential oil to the coconut oil, Shea butter, beeswax mix. You can add any essential oil of choice to make it a regular lotion bar, some zinc oxide for sun protection, etc.

I think it’s the best thing that’s happend to my hands in a while…lol

Lavender Shea Olive body cream

We recently run out of our body salve and I decided to make a version with no beeswax but with Shea butter and cocoa butter.

This recipe is 2 parts Shea butter, 3 parts olive oil {infused with calendula} and a smidgen of cocoa butter.


I got impatient waiting for it too cool and solidify at room temperature so I stuck it in the fridge. It came out semi solid but by the time it warmed to room temp overnight, it became more fluid though the oil and butters didn’t separate.

I can still smell the pungent Shea through the lavender essential oil, but in a really pleasant way. Now to find a bottle to pour the mixture into…if we don’t finish using it by then!

re beeswax, if i want to keep using the tin i poured it into, i will definitely need to add some. I made a rosemary oil and butter concoction for my hair with a tablespoon of beeswax added and its holding its shape in the tin though its still quite soft to scoop.