These dandelion lotion bars are a wonderful and compact way to moisturize and heal your skin naturally. Dandelions are an easy to forage wild-growing perennial herb, that works wonderfully as a beneficial remedy for the skin. Moisturize and soothe a wide variety of dry skin issues with these non-greasy DIY dandelion lotion bars!
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Healing Dandelion Lotion Bars
When dandelions pop their sunny heads up, I am always so excited about all of the healing energy they bring to my life!
A great way to utilize their benefits is to make these skin soothing dandelion lotion bars.
Dandelion Benefits for the Skin
All parts of dandelions are edible and medicinal, and most importantly for this recipe, they are very healing for the skin.
Dandelions have powerful medicinal benefits, they are pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory. These lotion bars work amazingly well to soothe and moisturize dry, itchy, cracked, or inflamed skin.
Forage and Wilt Dandelion Flowers
The first step to making any herbal lotion bar is to make a fresh foraged infused oil as a base.
To make dandelion infused oil, forage fresh dandelions from your yard, garden, or an unsprayed place away from pet waste or heavy foot traffic.
To make an infused oil with fresh dandelions, they first need to be wilted overnight to release some of their moisture. They shouldn’t be totally dried as they will likely puff into seed heads!
Once the dandelions are gathered, wilt them on a drying screen or towel for about 24 hours. They will turn from vibrant yellow flowers to wilted petals.
Make the Dandelion Infused Oil
Fill the jar half full with the dried dandelions and pour in the carrier oil of your choice so they are submerged and the jar is filled.
I like to use a blend of olive, sweet almond, and coconut oil for my dandelion oil infusion. It is helpful to melt the coconut oil first before blending.
All of these oils have skin-nourishing qualities that benefit this lotion bar recipe, so use whatever combination works for you.
Cover the jar with a lid and let the infused oil sit for a week or so in a dark place out of direct sunlight. Since the dandelions are not completely dry do not let the oil sit for more than about 10 days to avoid mold from forming.
It’s also possible to quickly infuse the oil with a low heat method.
I personally prefer using a dehydrator for fresh herb infusions (such as when making dandelion salve or chickweed salve). They can be set to a low enough temperature and be left to do their thing without ongoing management or spoiling.
To infuse with a dehydrator, I recommend using an Excalibur dehydrator (or a similar box dehydrator with temperature control). Set the temperature to 100 degrees F, and place the wilted dandelions in oil in the dehydrator for 24-48 hours.
Alternatively, you can also do a quick heat infused oil method on the stove, but be sure to not let the oil get too hot.
Once infused, strain the dandelions out of the oil with a fine-mesh strainer and cheesecloth, squeezing all of the dandelion goodness out with the cloth. This will leave a beautiful golden-colored nourishing oil!
How to Make Dandelion Lotion Bars
To make healing dandelion lotion bars, melt 1/2 cup of the infused dandelion oil together with 3 ounces of beeswax in a double boiler.
If you don’t own a double boiler, it’s easy to create a makeshift one by putting a small bowl or glass Pyrex measuring cup over a pot with about an inch of simmering water.
Heat on medium-low heat until all of the oil and beeswax are melted together and completely liquefied, which takes about 10 minutes. Then add 4 ounces of shea butter and stir until it has dissolved.
Once everything has fully melted, pour the mixture into silicone molds.
I like using silicone molds because there are some great designs out there, and they keep the integrity of the design when you remove them.
Once the mixture has hardened completely and is cool to the touch, remove the lotion bars from the molds. Usually around an hour of cooling time is sufficient.
If necessary, dipping the mold side in warm water will help loosen them just enough to get them out easily and in one piece.
Depending on the size of the mold you use, this recipe makes about 6 lotion bars.
How to Use Dandelion Lotion Bars
Glide these lotion bars all over your skin whenever you have dryness, rashes, or redness. The benefits of dandelion will give needed healing and care.
A lovely time to use these lotion bars is when your skin is warm right out of a bath or shower. They are silky smooth, non-greasy, natural, and will soak right into your skin.
One of the best things about lotion bars is that they travel well and hold up in hot weather keeping their shape.
Store them in tins and keep them in your bag, in the kitchen, or in the bathroom. Keep one wherever you need to access it regularly!
More Dandelion Recipes
- Dandelion Mead Recipe
- Infused Dandelion Vinegar
- Dandelion Pesto
- How to Make Dandelion Tea
- Dandelion Jelly: Low-Sugar or Honey
- How to Make Dandelion Salve
- Dandelion Soap Made With the Whole Plant
- Dandelion Root Muffins (paleo & gluten free)
- Dandelion and Fennel Kombucha
- Dandelion Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Dandelion Lotion Bars
- Silicone Mold or honeycomb and bee mold
Dandelion Infused Oil
Dandelion Infused Oil
- Wilt fresh dandelions on a drying screen for 24 hours, without letting them puff into seed.
- Combine wilted dandelions with olive, coconut, and sweet almond oils in a jar. Cover with a lid and shake to blend.
- Cover the jar with a lid and let the infused oil sit for a week or so in a dark place out of direct sunlight. (See notes for other infusion methods).
Dandelion Lotion Bars
- Strain the dandelion flowers from the oil infusion with a fine mesh sieve. If the coconut oil has solidified in the infusion, put the jar in a pan of warm water to gently melt the oil prior to straining.
- Use a double boiler, or a makeshift double boiler by putting a smaller pan, bowl, or glass measuring cup in a larger pan that has an inch or two of water in it, and bring the water to a simmer.
- Measure out 1/2 cup of the dandelion infused oil, reserving the rest for other uses.
- Put the oil and beeswax in the double boiler and heat until they are completely melted together. A wooden skewer works perfectly to stir.
- Stir in the shea butter until it is completely liquefied. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Quickly pour the liquid into the silicone molds, before it begins to solidify.
- Let the lotion bars cool and solidify fully, it will take several hours. Once set and cooled, pop the lotion bars out of the molds and store in tins or other containers.
- Since the dandelions are not completely dry do not let the oil sit for more than about 10 days to avoid mold from forming.
- To infuse with a dehydrator, I recommend using an Excalibur dehydrator (or a similar box dehydrator with temperature control). Set the temperature to 100 degrees F, and place the wilted dandelions in oil in the dehydrator for 24-48 hours.
- Alternatively, you can also do a quick heat infused oil method on the stove, but be sure to not let the oil get too hot.