To create moisturizing lemon balm lotion bars, gather together:
• fresh shredded lemongrass and lemon balm
• 6 ounces virgin coconut oil
• 6 ounces unrefined shea butter
• 6 ounces cosmetic grade beeswax
• a chopstick
• dried lemon balm
• a glass pyrex measuring cup
• a 1 quart mason jar
• a crockpot
• a silicone cupcake mold
Fill the crockpot halfway with water and set the temperature to low. Put the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter into the mason jar and add the fresh herbs.
Heat the jar and stir the contents occasionally with the chopstick until the ingredients are completely melted.
Turn off the crock pot and let the essence of the herbs absorb into the mixture for a few minutes. Remove the jar and use a strainer to get rid of the plant material.
Pour the melted mixture into the glass measuring cup. Sprinkle some dried lemon balm on the bottom of each of the cupcake molds. Pour the melted mixture into the molds until it almost reaches the top.
Leave the bars to sit until they have completely cooled down and then pop them out of the molds.
To activate the skin hydrating effects of a lotion bar, rub it in your hands until it warms up. Use the bar to massage the dry areas of your body. If the intention is to gift the bars away as gifts, use shrink wrap, parchment, or dry cloth to bind each bar beforehand. If desired, adorn gift bars with ribbons or personalized tags.