Homemade Solid Lotion Bar Recipe Made from Rosemary

rosemary lotion bar

This recipe for how to make this all natural rosemary lotion bar is easy and amazing and makes luxurious lotion bars with great benefits for the skin. Just a few simple ingredients for making the natural solid lotion bar. Once you get started making lotion bars from fresh flowers, weeds and herbs you will not want to stop. The lotion bars also make a great gift!

It is so wonderful what we can do with flowers, herbs and weeds from nature!

I grew rosemary in my herb garden, but below is a picture of a rosemary plant I recently purchased. I bought several herb plants online to try to get a head start on my herb garden this spring.

rosemary plant close up for rosemary lotion bar

Benefits of Rosemary for the Skin

Rosemary is known to potentially have several health and skin benefits. This article from Healthline discusses that rosemary oil may reduce joint inflammation, pain relief, relieve dry skin and other skin conditions, increase circulation and repel certain bugs.

Rosemary is a versatile herb with many possible positive effects on the skin, which is why it is an ingredient in many creams and salves.

Benefits of Lotion Bars

These homemade lotion bars are great for dry skin and dry hands. The diy lotion bars provide an excellent moisturizer and is also great for sensitive skin, itchy skin, rough elbows and cracked skin. The lotion bars work with your body heat as you rub them on your skin and are not greasy like conventional lotions.

How to Make Rosemary Lotion Bars

To make salves, balms, lip balms, lotions and lotion bars, you need to start with an infused oil.

How to Make an Infused Oil

The first step is to pick or cut the flower or leaves of what you plan to make the infused oil from.

Rosemary leaves in a bowl for rosemary lotion bar

Next is to dry the rosemary. The drying process can include air drying by spreading them in a single layer on a dish towel or paper towel and letting the rosemary dry for several days.

rosemary drying on paper plate for rosemary salve

The other option is to use a dehydrator set at a low setting to dry .

The next step for the diy rosemary salve is to make an infused oil with the dried herb by steeping the herb in a carrier oil. The rosemary-infused oil is created by steeping dry rosemary leaves in a carrier oil of choice over a period of time. As the dry herbs infuse in the oil (later strained), the natural essential oils in rosemary are drawn out and into the carrier oil. Different kind of oils can be used including sweet almond oil, safflower oil, avocado oil, sweetgrass oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil.

Add the dried rosemary to a glass jar. I like to use a mason jar.

Dried rosemary added to jar for rosemary lotion bar

The amount of oil you want will depend on how much lotion you want to make. You will add about twice as much oil as your dried flowers or herbs. For example, you can add the flowers or herbs to a pint jar about halfway and then fill the jar almost to the top. If you want less, you can fill the jar about 1/4 up with herbs and then 1/2 way with oil. Also, you can make more than you plan to use for now and save the additional oil for later.

Rosemary infused oil for making rosemary lotion bars

There are several options for making the infused oil:

Slow infusion: Just add the lid to the jar and put it away in a dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar every once in a while. You can also put the jar in direct sunlight for a couple weeks to infuse the oil.

Fast double boiler method: Place the jar in a saucepan of a couple inches of hot water and heat the water on low for about 2 hours. Or add the oil and dried herbs or flowers to a double boiler pan and let it simmer but not boil for 1 to 2 hours.

Fast crockpot method: Add your dried herbs or flowers and oil to the crockpot, make sure that the oil covers the herbs. Heat the oil slowly and keep the crockpot on warm. Try to keep the temp between 120-130 F. Let it heat for several hours.

Making the Rosemary Lotion Bars

The next step is to strain the dried rosemary from the infused oil.

Once you have the infused oil, you add the amount desired to a double boiler, then add the beeswax and shea butter. The measurements for solid lotions bars are equal amounts of oil,  beeswax,  shea butter. A lot of recipes for lotion bars and salves that I have seen use measurements in grams and oz. I feel it is easier with simple measurements. I wanted to start with a small batch, so I used 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup beeswax and 1/4 cup shea butter. Cocoa butter can be substituted for shea butter.

Adding beeswax to rosemary infused oil to make rosemary lotion bars

Stir until the beeswax and shea butter are melted.

Stirring beeswax and shea butter to make rosemary lotion bars

Pour the mixture into small silicone molds or heatproof candy molds.  I love these flower molds.

pouring rosemary infused oil mixture into silicone molds to make rosemary lotion bars

Option is to add essential oils or fragrance oils and coloring with mica powder to the mixture.

Let the mixture set up and harden in the silicon mold. It does not take very long to set up to make these homemade rosemary lotion bars.


Enjoy making and using these homemade lotion bars made from natural ingredients and herbs and flowers. It is very easy to make small batches of these solid moisturizing lotion bars. I plan to continue to explore making salves, balms, lotions, and other similar items from plants and flowers found in nature and also from herbs and flowers that I grow. The homemade lotion bars also make great gifts!

rosemary lotion bar

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rosemary lotion bar

Homemade Rosemary Lotion Bar Recipe

Yield: 2 bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This recipe for homemade rosemary lotion bar makes a luxurious solid lotion bar that makes your skin feel great. Rosemary has many benefits for the skin! This natural lotion bar is also great for sensitive skin, itchy skin, rough elbows and cracked skin. The lotion bars work with your body heat as you rub them on your skin and are not greasy like conventional lotions.


  • Dried rosemary leaves and blossoms and Carrier Oil, which can include sweet almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil to make infused oil
  • 1/4 cup infused oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • Optional: Essential oil of your choice, Mica Powder for color


  1. Create the rosemary infused oil with the dried rosemary leaves and the carrier oil- See Notes
  2. Heat the infused oil in a double boiler
  3. Add the beeswax and shea butter
  4. Heat and stir until the beeswax and shea butter are completely melted
  5. Pour the liquid into small silicone or heatproof candy molds
  6. Optional: Add essential oil of your choice
  7. Optional: Add mica powder for color.
  8. Let the lotion bars set up

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