Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars

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Working as a Nurse, I wash my hands about 497 times a shift. No kidding! I am not a big fan of that chemical-filled foam cleaner that they recommend we use. No thank you! Plus all the handwashing causes my knuckles to dry and crack — let’s add a little alcohol foam to that. OUCH! So, I decided to come up with a little trick to both moisturize and disinfect my hands. Antibacterial lotion bars!

A little info on why these lotion bars work: 

  • Beeswax and shea butter provide the skin protectant and moisturizer (so does the coconut oil, but that has even more good points)
  • Coconut oil: Monolaurin, an ingredient in coconut oil, is what gives it antibacterial and anti-fungal properties!

Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars


This is a GREAT brand of Shea Butter, it is so easy to work with! When I ordered from Amazon, they even sent a free ebook filled with recipes to make with your shea butter. Awesome! 

Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars | Real Food RN


  • In a double boiler, combine the first three ingredients and melt together
Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars | Real Food RN

  • Pour into molds — HERE is where you can find the heart molds
  • Allow to cool a bit, but not harden, and then add in the essential oils of your choice. I typically use Lavender, Frankincense, Geranium, or Joy!
Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars | Real Food RN

  • Use as needed for moisturizing and disinfecting
Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars | Real Food RN

I either pour it into a small glass container (like this) to carry with me at work or I keep a bar in my work bag. A great carrying case for your lotion bars is one of these travel soap containers, works well so they don’t get smashed in your bag!

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40 Replies to “Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion Bars”

  1. Very cool! I have never tried lotion bars before… it sounds like it would be easy to use on the go and I love that this one is antibacterial!

  2. Have you considered putting this in a tube to be able to squeeze a small amount on hands at work? I'm an ER RN & I find my hands (especially in the winter) bought ready to fall off at the end my shift. I love this recipe, but wonder if I could add (or subtract) an ingredient to make the consistency slightly thinner to accommodate placing in a squeeze tube bottle? I think this would also work well in a chapstick container to rub on the especially dry spots. Thanks for posting this!

    1. I think you should make it to a cream instead of Lotion Bar . That way u can use it from a tube . *(Dont use beeswax in this one)
      For making it cream u can just melt everything other than essential oil , then mix the essential oil. let it freeze for sometimes till its flaky frozen . dont freeze it too much . then take a mixer, whip it like u do with whipping cream . It will become creamy . and u can just store in a lotion tube or anything of that kind.
      I am not professional its just my idea . I am allergic to everything so i just make my own cream , soap, lotion , shampoo whatever i need .

  3. Hi Kate, I wanted to try to make these in push up containers…like the way I make lip balm. Have you ever tried it that way? I bought some containers already, so I am prepped and ready to go, but wonder if they need to have additional ingredients, like some beeswax? in them to make them firm and able to stay in the push up containers. Thanks!

  4. Did or do you use this with your children? I am curious if it’s safe to put on my 6 month old, she has irritated skin at her neck from spitting up or drooling throughout the day. I use this and love how it creates a barrier almost – just wondering if all the ingredients are safe for little ones.

  5. How many drops of essential oils do you use per recipe? I’m excited to try these and hope to do them for Christmas gifts!


  6. How big are the bars? Those molds look like of big, like a small bar of soap. Do you use the whole thing at one time?

    1. They are like a regular bar of soap. You can certainly use smaller molds too. I just thought these were pretty. Yes, I use the whole bar at one time

      1. Thanks! And if I were to use them in like a chap stick tube like somebody suggested, how much of that would I use?
        I just realized that where I work (preschool setting), it’d be difficult to go grab my bag in the closet every time I needed to clean my hands. A little tubey in my pocket would work perfectly!

          1. Okay. How much would I use at a time? If you use am entire bar at once, would I use like half of that tube at a time? By the way, I am planning on adding essential oils (typically tea tree and lavender), so maybe I wouldn’t have to use as much that way?

  7. How do you store these? I’m picturing you with one in your pocket covered in pocket lint lol. Also, when you say you use a whole bar, do you mean in one sitting or do you mean that you don’t break it up?

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