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
- 1/4 cup shea butter — this is my favorite kind
- 1/4 cup beeswax — where to find
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Essential oils of your choice (to make these lotion bars smell amazing!)
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!
- In a double boiler, combine the first three ingredients and melt together
- 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!
- Use as needed for moisturizing and disinfecting
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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Disclaimer: None of these health benefits have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.