Lotion Bars Rock--Here's How to Use Them
Wow! Went by the aisle of personal care skin products and was floored (again) by the number of bottles and tubes staring at me. But you know by now how I deplore those plastic pollution creators!...So hopefully you’ve gotten a solid bar of lotion from Do Good Soaps and Suds or another company selling plastic-free products.
Great! So now what? Question is: how the heck do you use it? We're so accustomed to our pump bottles and tubes, right?
There are several ways. If you don’t want to read, then check out the video below of me giving you a visual “shpiel”.
Here are 4 ways to use a lotion bar (I only mention 3 in the video because the 4th is a bit, well, messy and for the kid-at-heart)…
- Rub the bar between your hands (a wonderful heat source that melts the solid) and then apply to wherever you want it on your body.
- Use the bar directly on the part of your body that might be problematic, say dry elbows, feet, knees, etc. Again, your body is warm enough to melt the fabulous oils and butters that are in your solid bar. No water in this product, like all those liquid lotions you buy! (Those liquids are 80-95% water! Yes, water. The plastic packaging is for all the water, preservatives and stabilizers!)
- My favorite way to use a lotion bar is after my shower. The water beads on my skin act in the same way that the water in those (evil) plastic packages do…They help (slightly) with absorption and ease of application. After the shower is also a great time because your body temperature is higher and melts the solid more quickly. Caveat: because of this, don’t over-do with the lotion! You don’t really need that much.
- Some folks actually like a bar that has melted in the tin and prefer to dig out the softened lotion. I’m too much of a neat freak for this. I also find that this method is a bit wasteful. But it’s your choice!
Lastly, a wee tip in this hot weather. After carrying your lotion in your backpack, diaper bag, purse or in a hot car, it might melt to the point of non-recognition. Not to worry, it’s only oil and body butters (mango, shea and cocoa butters). To release the oil in a solid form, simply stick your lotion tin in the refrigerator or freezer for 10-15 minutes (or longer if you’d like) and pull it out from the cold. It will return to a recognizable shape…It will look like the form of the tin and pop right out. If it doesn’t pop right out, then put it in the cold for a bit longer. I actually love keeping my lotions in the refrigerator because when I use them, they are nice and cold during these really hot days we’ve been having.
If you haven’t tried these wonderful lotion bars, please do. I know that they will be a hit. There are three “flavors”—Lavender Love Lotion Bar (I put this one on before bed to help me relax and fall asleep…and I awaken with super soft skin); Lemon-Patchouli Love Lotion Bar (a pick-me-up smell if you ever need one!) and the Camp Love Lotion Bar (which is a yummy lotion bar purposely made to protect you from mosquitoes and ticks--one of it’s main ingredients is Neem oil).
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