Honeysuckle Rose Lotion Bar Recipe

honeysuckle rose lotion bar

This honeysuckle rose lotion bar recipe only takes a few simple ingredients and is easy to make. The recipe makes luxurious lotion bars with great benefits for the skin. Once you get started making these all natural lotion bars from fresh flowers, weeds and herbs you will not want to stop. They also make a great gift!

Using the lotion bars on your skin makes it feel soft and silky! The lotion in solid form can be used as massage bars for rough elbows and knees and do not have a greasy feel. Even better than regular lotion!

This moisturizing lotion bar captures the essence of two of my favorite flowers – roses and honeysuckle.

Both of the flowers bloom so freely and have an intoxicating fragrance. Here is a picture I took of one of my rose bushes yesterday.

honeysuckle rose lotion bar picture of rose bushes

Honeysuckle is very prolific in the late spring and early summer. The honeysuckle blossoms are very delicate flowers and the scent of honeysuckle is so fragrant. I have wild honeysuckle growing in various places in my yard. Honeysuckle is considered invasive and does seem to pop up everywhere.

Honeysuckle bush for honeysuckle lotion bar

Roses and honeysuckle, like so many flowers, herbs, weeds, plants in general, can provide many benefits, both internally and externally applied to the skin. Both are used in many skin care recipes and formulations.

Benefits of Rose Flowers

Rose petals have so many health benefits in general. I included the health benefits in my rose petal jelly recipe. For additional discussion of the health benefits, this is a good article.

As stated in the articles, rose petals are known to be good for the skin, have possible anti-stress and anti-depression properties, possibly help ease menstrual pain and contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. It is amazing what roses and other wild flowers and plants can do!

Benefits of Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is reported to have many health benefits as described in this article on the Dr. Axe website and this article on RxList which states:

“Honeysuckle is used for digestive disorders including pain and swelling (inflammation) of the small intestine (enteritis) and dysentery; upper respiratory tract infections including colds, influenza, swine flu, and pneumonia; other viral and bacterial infections; swelling of the brain (encephalitis); fever; boils; and sores. Honeysuckle is also used for urinary disorders, headache, diabetesrheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. Some people use it to promote sweating, as a laxative, to counteract poisoning, and for birth control.

Honeysuckle is sometimes applied to the skin for inflammation and itching, and to kill germs.”

How to Make a Honeysuckle Rose Lotion Bars

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

How to Make an Infused Oil

To make the honeysuckle rose lotion bar recipe the first step is to pick the the fresh honeysuckle and rose flowers. Separate the rose petals from the flower.

honeysuckle flowers in a bowl for honeysuckle rose salve
Honeysuckle flowers
Rose petals for honeysuckle rose salve
Rose petals

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

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

Dried rose and honeysuckle flowers to make honeysuckle rose infused oil for honeysuckle rose salve

The next step for the diy honeysuckle rose lotion bar is to make an infused oil with the dried flowers by steeping the dried honeysuckle and rose flowers in a carrier oil over a period of time. As the dried flowers infuse in the oil (later strained), the natural essential oils in the flowers are drawn out and into the carrier oil. Different kinds 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 honeysuckle and rose to a glass jar. I like to use a pint mason jar.

dried honeysuckle and rose flowers in a mason jar to make honeysuckle rose lotion bars

The amount of oil you want will depend on how many lotion bars or other items that 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.

honeysuckle rose infused oil for lotion bars

There are several options for making the oil infusion:

Slow infusion method: 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 Honeysuckle Rose Lotion Bars

The next step is to strain the dried honeysuckle and roses 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.

Stir until the beeswax and shea butter are melted.

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

Red clover lotion bars in the molds before hardening

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 honeysuckle rose lotion bars.

Enjoy!

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. The homemade lotion bars also make great gifts!

honeysuckle rose lotion bar

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honeysuckle rose lotion bar

Honeysuckle Rose Lotion Bar Recipe

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

This honeysuckle rose lotion bar recipe only takes a few simple ingredients and is easy to make. The recipe makes luxurious lotion bars with great benefits for the skin.

Ingredients

  • Dried Honeysuckle Blossoms and Rose Petals 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

Instructions

  1. Create the honeysuckle-rose infused oil with the dried honeysuckle 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, such as rose essential oil
  7. Let the lotion bars set up

Notes

There are several methods for creating the infused oil which are described in the article.

This was a small batch, that made 2 lotion bars. It can be increased as needed using equal parts oil, beeswax and shea butter.

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