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DIY Dandelion Citrus Lotion Bars with Homemade Dandelion-Infused Oil

DIY Dandelion Citrus Lotion Bars with Homemade Dandelion-Infused Oil

Dandelion in my salad, in my saute pan, and in my tea…maybe even a little dandelion wine in my glass 😉 I love those little buggers, and it got me thinking…what other ways can I incorporate this underused wonder? There's no denying the health benefits of dandelions, and I always find myself asking why we started hating them. Besides, I happen to enjoy a thorough smattering of dandelions in my yard once a year. What's the problem anywho??

I was browsing the interwebz on a quest to find some dandelion inspiration when lo and behold I came across The Nerdy Farm Wife's recipe for dandelion lotion bars…Brilliant! Just what I was looking for. I couldn't wait to make my own version, so I ran out to the yard and picked a bowl of yellow magnificence from my very own supply of organic dandelions (they're naturally organic because I don't use any toxic treatments on my lawn, and I made sure to pick the flowers from the front yard away from all the dog poo).

I knew right away what I wanted to add to the original recipe to make a supercharged moisturizing and healthy lotion bar. A little coconut oil, Epsom salt and citrus essential oils are just right for spring!

I just love these little dandelion-infused lotion bars because they're like lip balm for your hands. Just rub one between your hands and a thin layer melts off and coats your skin like a light lotion.

 Dandelion-infused Oil

  1. Gather about 2 cups of dandelion flowers and let dry for 1-2 days.
  2. Using a 16oz glass jar, fill half way with dandelions and use sunflower oil to fill the remainder of the jar.
  3. Set your glass jar in a small pan filled with a couple inches of simmering water, and let the dandelions steep in the oil for 3 hours on low. Stir several times an hour.
  4. Strain out the dandelions and store the oil in a glass jar (I just use regular canning jars with lids).

DIY Dandelion Citrus Lotion Bars with Homemade Dandelion-Infused Oil

Dandelion Citrus Lotion Bars

Ingredients: 12 lotion bars

You'll also need molds to form the bars. I use these 2″ round candy molds because the finished bar fits nicely in my hands, but you can use any size and shape. Soap molds work perfectly too.

Directions

  1. Combine beeswax, dandelion oil, Shea butter, coconut oil and Epsom salt in a 16oz glass jar.
  2. Place jar in a small pan filled with a couple inches of simmering water, and let the ingredients slowly melt together over low heat. Stir frequently.
  3. Once everything is melted, remove from heat and add the essential oils. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour mixture into molds, and let set completely.

Then just pop them out of the molds and you're done! I store extra bars in the fridge until I'm ready for a refill.

What's your favorite thing about dandelions?

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12 Responses to DIY Dandelion Citrus Lotion Bars with Homemade Dandelion-Infused Oil

  1. Sara Vartanian April 27, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    What a nice way to use some dandelions! I think even my non-crafty self could do this! Thank you!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters April 28, 2015 at 10:30 am #

      So glad you like it, Sara! I’m not super crafty either, but it really was easy to make these. Honestly, if I can do it, anyone can 🙂 ~Laura

  2. Diane Hoffmaster April 28, 2015 at 7:04 am #

    this is awesome! I totally did not know there were any health benefits of dandelions! I have a whole yard full to go pick now…

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters April 28, 2015 at 10:31 am #

      It really is shocking, isn’t it Diane? They’re so good for us it’s hard to imagine ever trying to rid our yards of them again! ~Laura

  3. Pam April 30, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    We can’t use shea butter – do you know of a substitute?
    Thanks!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters April 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

      Sure, Pam! You can also use mango butter or cocoa butter. They work just as well and are also widely available. ~Laura

      • Claude Hollebecque February 2, 2017 at 2:27 am #

        Indeed but be aware that cocoa butter should not be used in case of cocoa allergy and acne

  4. shellos8 May 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Laura, I make and sell lotion bars, among other things, but I have never heard of using epsom salts in lotion bars. I assume they will dissolve along with the shea butter when heated?? What is the reason for adding them to a lotion bar? This recipe looks great and I’m def going to try it but just had a couple questions first. Thank you!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters May 28, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      Yes, the Epsom salt dissolves completely with the Shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil. We add it as a way to supplement the skin with magnesium. So glad you like the recipe! ~Laura

  5. Claude Hollebecque February 2, 2017 at 2:26 am #

    Recipe looks fine. Essential oils should only be added once the mixture is cool enough (it will destoy their properties). Check the level of furanocoumarins in your essential oils before adding them as these essential oils may have a phototoxic property and could react with the sun and leave your skin with spots/patches,sunburn

  6. livinglonglovinglife April 23, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    DO you leave your dadelions in the bowl to dry or do you lay them out flat? (So new at this!)

  7. Terisa Clawson April 27, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe. I made with the Epsom salts and they didn’t dissolve. It left the lotion bars grainy. The next batch I left it out and it worked better.

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