You know what’s a real pain?
Boiling water in a large pot with another, smaller pot or glass bowl over it to melt things like chocolate or beeswax or sugar in egg whites.
I don’t even want to talk about how many batches of chocolate have seized up on me, or how many times I’ve had to start meringue over because the smaller pot or bowl plopped into the boiling water below.
Double boilers and I aren’t friends.
So I avoid making homemade beauty products. They almost always require me to melt the beeswax and fat over a double boiler.
But then, the Instant Pot…
It has this handy little “Keep Warm” button. Could that work for melting fat and beeswax WITHOUT the dreaded double boiler?
Yes, it does!
Instant Pot hard lotion bars, here I come!
And would you believe I melted, without burning, beeswax and cacao butter in 13 minutes??
I know I’ll never make hard lotion bars without my Instant Pot again!
- Begin by grating the cacao butter and beeswax. Grate first, then measure into a 1-cup dry ingredient measuring cup.
- Press the "Keep Warm" button on the Instant Pot.
- Next, add grated cacao butter, grated beeswax, and olive oil to the Instant Pot.
- In 12 to 13 minutes, it's all melted!
- Transfer the melted oil/wax mixture to a glass cup with a pouring spout.
- Whisk in Vitamin E oil, if using.
- Then quickly whisk in 20 drops of essential oils, if using. (I used cypress, and its scent pairs beautifully with the chocolate-smelling cacao butter!)
- Pour into molds or a muffin tin.
- Set aside to harden or place into the fridge to speed up the hardening time.
- Pop out of the molds.
- Finally, wrap in parchment and tie with twine to give as a gift, or store in an airtight container.
I grated my cacao butter and beeswax first. This significantly cut down on the melting time — and my Salad Shooter made it a breeze! If you start with blocks of cacao butter and beeswax, your melt time will be significantly longer.
These bars smell and feel ah-mazing without any additional scents, so the use of essential oils is completely up to you. Should you decide to use essential oils, choose a skin-nourishing oil, such as ylang-ylang, cypress, lavender, sandalwood, or frankincense.
I chose cypress essential oil, and it pairs beautifully with the chocolate scent of cacao butter! Plus, it’s a gender-neutral scent, so the male members of my family won’t mind using these hard lotion bars!
Did you know that you could make hard lotion bars in the Instant Pot?!
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