How to Make Herbal Lotion Bars to Treat Dry, Cracked Winter Skin

How to Make Lotion Bars to Treat Winter Skin

I have a new love in my life. Well…a new raw material love!

Kokum Butter.

It is so regenerative and healing. I am starting to substitute kokum butter in several of my recipes and just LOVE the results.

To speak to its awesomeness — Kokum Butter is a white butter that has a mild to non-existent odor (which I like as opposed to cocoa butter that adds a very distinct scent). It gives excellent emollient properties (great for dry skin and wrinkle prevention) and is highly stable, resisting oxidation, making for a longer shelf life.

Here’s what Mountain Rose Herbs has to say about it:

A highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product.

Given all of this goodness…kokum butter is the basis for all of my super nourishing lotion bars!

Here’s a recipe you can use to heal dry, cracked winter skin!

Not only does it include kokum butter, but essential oils known for their healing properties as well!

You’re going to love how easily these bars are absorbed into the skin.

And the way your skin looks after application…WOW!

Winter Skin Lotion Bars


Optional Essential Oil Add-Ins

*Other oils great for skin healing include: geranium, carrot seed, helichrysum, chamomile, myrrh, melaleuca, and patchouli.


  1. In a double boiler — or small sauce pan — over very low heat, melt beeswax, kokum butter, and coconut oil until well combined.
  2. Remove from heat. Cool slightly.
  3. Add essential oils if using.
  4. Pour into molds (these silicon molds are perfect) and store in tins.

Where Can I Get This Stuff

Mountain Rose Herbsthey have everything you’ll need by way of Bulk butters, oils, and Natural Products for Healthy, Natural Living! It’s your one-stop-shop!

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  1. I have just started my love affair with Kokum butter as well! Thank you for yet another awesome recipe. I’m making this next! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    As a 50-something year old, Kokum butter seems like it will be wonderful for healing, wrinkles, etc. Can’t wait to try this.

  2. Hi! How many lotion bars will this recipe make? Thank you!

  3. I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve been experimenting with kokum butter lately too, and I absolutely love it!!! It’s so nourishing and great for my cracked hands. Winter hands are the worst 🙁

  4. Organic Mom says:

    This IS a wonderful, healing butter! So glad you’ve discovered it :).

    Hugs-Organic Mom (Heather)

  5. Hi! I’ve not heard of this! Do you know the comedogenic properties on kokum butter? I love my coconut oil but it doesn’t rate so well as far as not clogging pores.


  6. I’ve been using Kokum for several years, especially in my soap. I was only M&P Shea Soap but always added Kokum for boost in moisturizing and adding hardness. Fabulous butter so very versatile. I’ve recently started using it in my whipped creams and whipped scrubs. Doesn’t require a lot either. Thanks for this post!

  7. Do you have a suggested alternative for the Kokum Butter?

  8. Do you happen to own the website “Oils Herbs Recipes and Remedies Essence Aromatherapy”? Because, if not…this recipe just got ripped off by them:

  9. I certainly don’t mean to be a “duh” but how do you use these bars? Do you just rub them on your hands?

  10. These look lovely, thanks for sharing your recipe!

  11. This is amazing, but I recently learned about Kokum butter, and have been looking for a recipe to make lotion using it – and what do I find today, but your email with the details! I live in Johannesburg, and getting Kokum is not as easy as it is for you USA guys – you don’t know how lucky you are to have so many on-line shops with all you need or want! I look forward to trying your recipe when I am able to get some Kokum.

    • Corrie Venn says:

      Hi Eileen, I also live in Jo’burg, please post when you find Kokum butter as I have never heard of it.Thanks, Corrie

  12. Katie H , in the herbal healing world , the herbal recipes are passed around in a sharing manner . No claim to be the “owner ” of these recipes . Most of the time it’s not known who devised the recipe to begin with . As an Herbal Potions person , we all love to share what we know . They get passed around ! So actually no one gets ripped off unless someone decides they’re going to claim it and get a patent . If I’m wrong , please disregard , but that’s how it has been for many years in the Herbal community .

  13. To be fair, the Kokum butter sold at Mountain Rose Herbs is REFINED. So, saying it is white and relatively odorless might be comparing apples to oranges, if you’re comparing it to an unrefined butter. (You can also buy refined Cocoa butter that would cut down/out the smell.) Have you smelled or worked with unrefined Kokum? (I’m seriously asking; I only have the product from MRH.)

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