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melted beeswax and coconut oil.
I have, here in the pantry, coconut oil (a solid at room temperature), hemp oil from Manitoba Harvest (we use it in our smoothies and on salads), local natural beeswax and I decided on a little lavender essential oil. I used equal parts of the first three ingredients, melted over low heat and poured into molds. I used a double broiler method; hemp oil doesn't take much heat so I wanted a bit more control than trying to melt it in the microwave. Stirring and melting took about five minutes, I removed it from the heat, added about twenty drops of essential oil and poured it into a muffin pan. About an hour later, I knew something wasn't right - the bars were still too soft to get out of the container! I put the muffin pan in the freezer, and was able to remove the bars about half an hour later. Once they warmed up a bit on the counter, I realized that they were too soft: they held their shape but when I tried to pick one up my fingers sank into the bar. Hmmmmm....
Happy.Healthy.Holisitic had used a beeswax pellet in her batch. I had hand-grated a block of beeswax (a very good workout for the arms). I decided that I hadn't packed the grated beeswax enough in the measuring cup, so I was low in that ingredient. I also thought that Jo's Health Corner at used a lighter oil, so perhaps I was a little heavy on the hemp. I decided to re-batch my lotion bars. I grated another cup of beeswax and melted it with half a cup of coconut oil. Once they were melted I added in my bars and melted them. Back into the muffin molds and I let them cool for over an hour. Much better! The bars popped out of the mold easily and are firm to the touch. They have a nice lavender fragrance. You just rub the bar between your hands - coconut oil melts at body temperature and coats your hands. A little goes a long way! Took a few minutes, but it sinks in nicely and is very moisturizing! The hemp oil gives them a beautiful green color, as well. Recipe, for me with my hemp oil, will be one cup packed, grated beeswax, one cup coconut oil, half a cup or even a little less of hemp oil. Any essential oil will be great!