15 January 2018

Chamomile Hard Lotion Bar Recipe Using the Instant Pot

My dad and stepmom got me an Instant Pot for Christmas, so I've been experimenting with that.  So far, I've made an amazing roast with mushroom gravy, buttery ranch pork chops, and a few more things.  I was in a serious rut with dinner ideas, so I'm really excited to have a new with which to play.

Even though I've only used my Instant Pot a few times, I've been pinning recipes like crazy.  I'm amazed at what all it can do!  When I started reading about the different modes it has, I had an idea.  

Why can't I use an Instant Pot to make a hard lotion?



Normally, you need a double boiler to make a hard lotion.  Never heat oils and beeswax over direct heat because they can catch fire.  A double boiler also  lowers the maximum temperature that the oils and beeswax can reach.

I don't have a double boiler, so I use a mason jar in a pan of water, using a jar ring to lift the jar off of the pan.  I've ruined a few recipes because water got in the jar.  One time the jar slipped off the jar ring that I had it resting on and spilled.  Needless to say, I was happy to find another way to melt things without using a double boiler.


I wanted to make a chamomile hard lotion bar, but I was out of chamomile infused oil.  Actually, I only have a few infused oils on hand right now, and they are spoken for in future recipes.  I usually infuse oils and herbs by letting them sit for two weeks, but I wanted to make the lotion today.  

If the Instant Pot can melt beeswax, why can't it infuse oils?  

Normally, I add loose herbs to the oil and strain it.  That seemed like too much work, especially since I was going to be using the same pot to make the hard lotion.

So I used chamomile tea bags.  It has the same herb that you'd buy in bulk, but it's smaller and already in a convenient bag, making it easy to remove and discard.


I wanted to make a solid lotion for a few reasons.  First, since they don't need a container, I could make several small ones so have more on hand.  I like to keep one in my desk at the office, one in my purse, one for Dakota, and one in my purse.  Secondly, they don't spill, so they don't make a mess.  

In the winter months, they won't melt.  But in the summer, you might want to store extra in the fridge so they don't melt.  

CHAMOMILE HARD LOTION BAR RECIPE USING THE INSTANT POT


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This recipe uses coconut oil because it's sold at room temperature, but it melts as it warms against your skin.  This gives the hard lotion bars their bulk, and the coconut oil is great for your skin because of its fatty acids.

I used avocado oil because it's great for inflamed skin.  It's also high in monounsaturated oils to hydrate and soften your skin.

Jojoba oil is actually a wax and not an oil.  It mimics the sebum that our bodies naturally produce.  It's anti-inflammatory and high in vitamins A and E to moisturize skin.


Chamomile is naturally anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.  It's also full of anxiodidants to protect the skin from free radicals.

Shea butter is very moisturizing.  It's high in fatty acids, but it doesn't leave an oily residue on your skin.  It's also hard at room temperature and melts as it hits your skin, giving the hard lotion bars their bulk.

Beeswax is what gives this recipe the most bulk and makes it solid at room temperature.  It forms a protective barrier to trap the other oils against your skin.  It's also a humectant.  This means that it pulls moisture from the air to hydrate your skin.  

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Turn the Instant Pot on the keep warm setting.  Place the coconut oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil in the pot.  Add the tea bags.  When the coconut oil melts completely, stir the tea bags and oil to help the tea diffuse in the oil.  The oil won't be deep, so this helps get it going.  Let sit for 30 minutes with the lid on the Instant Pot.


STEP #2


After 30 minutes, the oils should take on a deeper hue.  Remove the tea bags and discard.  You can squeeze them to get out any excess oil, but be careful.  I find it best to use two spoon or even a pair of tongs to squeeze out the oil.

STEP #3


Add the shea butter and beeswax to the Instant Pot.  Use the keep warm setting until it's all melted.


STEP #4


Once everything is melted, stir well.  Carefully remove the liner.  It will be hot, so use a hot pad.  


STEP #5


Quickly pour the lotion into a mold.  I used a cute owl mold so I could have several smaller lotion bars, but you could make them any size.  You can use a silicone soap mold, too.  


STEP #6


Let sit until hard.  Mine took about an hour because my molds were small.  If you use a larger mold, it could take 3-5 hours.  The lotion should pop right out of the mold once it's cool.  If it doesn't, put them in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes and try again.



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Chamomile Hard Lotion Recipe in an Instant Pot
Infuse the oil and melt the ingredients right in your Instant Pot
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 2 chamomile tea bags
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup beeswax
Instructions
1. Turn the Instant Pot on the keep warm setting. Place the coconut oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil in the pot. Add the tea bags. When the coconut oil melts completely, stir the tea bags and oil to help the tea diffuse in the oil. The oil won't be deep, so this helps get it going. Let sit for 30 minutes with the lid on the Instant Pot.2. After 30 minutes, the oils should take on a deeper hue. Remove the tea bags and discard. You can squeeze them to get out any excess oil, but be careful. I find it best to use two spoon or even a pair of tongs to squeeze out the oil.2. Add the shea butter and beeswax to the Instant Pot. Use the keep warm setting until it's all melted. 4. Once everything is melted, stir well. Carefully remove the liner. It will be hot, so use a hot pad. 5. Quickly pour the lotion into a mold. I used a cute owl mold so I could have several smaller lotion bars, but you could make them any size. You can use a silicone soap mold, too. 6. Let sit until hard. Mine took about an hour because my molds were small. If you use a larger mold, it could take 3-5 hours. The lotion should pop right out of the mold once it's cool. If it doesn't, put them in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes and try again.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 cup lotion
Clean up is really easy.  As soon as you pour the lotion, fill the Instant Pot with dish soap and hot water.  Let it sit while you clean up your mess.  Then wash it out.  If the beeswax is stubborn, run hot water over it to melt it.


Lotion bars will melt if they get too hot, so don't store them near a heater or your stove or leave them in a hot car.  

I like to put them in a tin or in a baggie to keep in my purse.  

To use, just rub the bar over your skin.  Your body heat will melt it.  These bars are wonderful for dry feet, but be careful because your feet will be slippery until it soaks in.


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Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.