On a whim I decided to try making my own massage bars, since I have lots of extra shea butter lying around from a past project.
Seems easy enough - just measure out your chosen amount of shea butter into a pyrex, add a few drops of whatever essential oil you like (I used lemongrass), and heat in a pot of boiling water. Stir the shea butter to get the bubbles out, then pour into a mold and let cool in the fridge. Remove carefully from mold by tapping on the mold with a spoon. The one above was probably taken out a little early, hence the missing chunk, but still, it didn't turn out too badly.
Now off to read from big, heavy books on this beautiful afternoon.
Posted by jessica at February 29, 2004 12:54 PM
i feel like a twit, because ive never even heard of massage bars.
so its not soap. you rub it on you when giving a rub? you dont need to wash it off or anything? sort of like the idea of a lotion bar?
that's exactly right - they're either for intense moisture right out of the shower (on elbows, etc.) or for giving someone else a massage. no need to wash it off.
though i have to add, this recipe is in sort of the experimental stages - this set of bars didn't last very long at all! if anyone has ideas about how to make them go more slowly, please post them!
I know these as lotion bars. I use beeswax, coconut oil, and either shea butter or coconut oil.I'm sure ya'll are familiar with this site, but here's some recipes: