Recipe for How to Make Soothing Calendula Lotion Bars

calendula lotion bar

This recipe for how to make these homemade calendula lotion bars is easy with only a few simple ingredients. 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. The hard lotion bars 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!

Calendula is a type of marigold, but not the same marigold that is commonly grown in flower and vegetable gardens. Calendula is an annual or short-lived perennial herb in the daisy family and originates from southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean area.

calendula flowers for calendula lotion bars

Skin Care Benefits of Calendulas

According to this article, calendula petals are rich in naturally occurring compounds called flavonoids. These compounds are said to have anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombogenic, antidiabetic, anticancer, and neuroprotective effects. The article also states that calendula has been used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as diaper rash, wounds and other conditions.

How to Make Calendula 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 calendula salve lotion bars, I started with dried calendula flowers that I ordered from Amazon. Calendula is a flower I do not have at this time. I did order seeds and plant to grow them this summer.

calendula dried flowers for calendula lotion bars

The next step for the diy calendula lotion bars is to make an infused oil with the dried flowers by steeping the dried flowers in a carrier oil. The calendula-infused oil is created by steeping dry calendula flowers in a carrier oil of choice over a period of time. As the dry flowers infuse in the oil (later strained), the natural essential oils in the calendula 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 calendula to a glass jar. I like to use a mason jar.

dried calendula in a mason jar

The amount of oil you want will depend on how much salve 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.

calendula infused oil for calendula 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 Calendula Lotion Bars

The next step is to strain the dried calendula 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.

stirring calendula infused oil, beeswax and shea butter for calendula lotion bars

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

pouring calendula lotion bar liquid into silicone  molds
calendula lotion bar mixture poured into molds

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 calendula 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. 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!

calendula lotion bar

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calendula lotion bar

Calendula Lotion Bar Recipe

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

This recipe for how to make these homemade calendula lotion bars is easy with only a few simple ingredients. 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. The hard lotion bars also make a great gift!

Ingredients

  • Dried Calendula Flowers 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 calendula-infused oil with the dried calendula 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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