Sunday, March 14, 2010

Lush Inspired - Homemade Therapy Massage Bar

Lush Inspired Series - Body Care

Lush "Therapy Massage Bar"
Another Lush Inspired product that I am really enjoying is the "Therapy Massage Bar". Very simple, easy to apply, very convenient for travel, amazing aroma, can be used also as a solid lotion...
I've made two versions of that Massage Bar. The first one, I am using as a Lotion Bar, was made on the basis of original recipe, plus I added anti-oxidants: a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract and Vitamin E ... The second one contains Beeswax (you can use Candelia or Carnauba Wax), so it is a little bit harder... They are anhydrous (contain no water), so we don't need a Preservative.

This Description from Lush site:
"Euphoria-inducing bar with uplifting neroli. Therapy is a wunder-bar, which we make to help your hard life get softer. First, it moisturizes with cocoa and shea butters to make your hard skin get softer. Then, it softens your tensions with lavender and neroli oils - neroli is the one which gives you a feeling of euphoria, especially when you have someone massaging it into your shoulders. Give therapy a try and you'll feel better in no time. 100% Certified Organic."
Lush Ingredients:
Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao butter), Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii butter), Organic Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis oil), Organic Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia oil), Organic Neroli Oil (Citrus amara oil), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils

The main idea of the solid massage/lotion bar is to find the right ratio of the ingredients to make it melt at the skin temperature and stay solid at the room temperature.

Ingredients of the "Therapy Massage Bar"(no water phase):
Cocoa Butter 70ml
Shea Butter 20ml
Orange EO 8 drops
Lavender EO 3 drops
Neroli EO 4 drops
Vitamin E 6 drops
GSE 4 drops

Optional Ingredients:
Beeswax 10ml

Heat the Butters (and Waxes if you'd like to try the second recipe) in a double boiler just until melted. Remove from heat, measure or weigh the ingredients, mix them, and then whip it up using hand-mixer, put in the freezer to cool it a little bit and then whip it up again until the mixture is smooth and creamy (it will help to avoid graininess).
When it cools down, add the Essential Oils and Anti-oxidants, whip it up again.
Ensure all your molds are clean and sterilized.
Pour the creamy mixture into a mold.
Let it cool in the freezer until they are completely solid.

Shelf Life:
About two month in a dry, cold place.


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17 comments to "Lush Inspired - Homemade Therapy Massage Bar"

Anonymous said...
February 02, 2012 5:29 AM

Wonderful ! Just had someone suggest to me I should make massage bars like lush have for my products, now I can :)

Thanks so much !

Galia said...
February 02, 2012 9:55 PM

You're very welcome!
Glad you've found it useful :)

lilak said...
February 05, 2012 2:49 PM

Hi! Thank you for sharing your awesome recipes, your website is full of so much information, it's great!!! I just have one question about the lotion bar recipe, what is gse? Not sure if it is the lack of coffee so far this but I am not sure what is gse. Thanks again Galia for your wonderful site!!

lilak said...
February 05, 2012 3:10 PM

awww just figured out what gse is..grapefruit seed extract i believe...just had to shake the morning cobwebs lol at least i think this is what gse means.

Galia said...
February 05, 2012 4:20 PM

Thank you for your words:)
You're right, GSE is grapefruit seed extract... But this massage bar is anhydrous, so for preventing oxidation of lipids, Vitamin E is more than enough (antioxidant), GSE is optional, you can definitively skip it.

Anonymous said...
May 13, 2013 7:08 AM

Do you have lush inspired wiccy magic muscles recipe?

Claire-Muriel Maslen said...
May 26, 2013 12:59 PM

how to make my favorite, and soon to be sold out Strawberry Feels Forever Lush bar?
Been looking up but wondering on what I can use to do the strawberry (dried strawberries in blender?)

Their list here:
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Glycerine (Glycerine), Perfume (Perfume), Hibiscus Extract (Hibiscus sabdariffa), Olibanum Oil (Boswellia carterii), Bergamot Oil (Citrus aurantium bergamia), Benzyl Alcohol (Benzyl Alcohol), Citronellol (Citronellol), *Limonene (*Limonene), *Linalool (*Linalool)

Galia said...
May 27, 2013 5:47 PM

@Anonymous, You can use the same recipe with different EO, just add Aduki Beans if you have them … It contains a little bit of Jojoba and Coconut Oil – less than 1% (both of them listed after EO), so it does not matter if you add those or not…

Galia said...
May 27, 2013 6:02 PM

@Claire-Muriel Maslen, the recipe is the same, just add a bit of Coconut Oil - it came before glycerin, so 3-5% will be enough, with different EO. However, I would not suggest using fresh or dried Strawberries and Hibiscus Extract, you product will go rancid quickly … Lush’s is stable, because they are using a preservative in this product - Benzyl Alcohol (Benzyl Alcohol). So even if you have preservatives and know how to use it, I can’t recommend making product…

Claire-Muriel Maslen said...
June 08, 2013 3:21 PM

I have been looking around about what I can buy and so far what I have learned is that I probably will get an oil rather than fresh strawberries (oil keeps, water bad), couldn't find hibiscus, however I have found other smells I like more will try a recipe with them...
Aduki Beans... looks like a trip to Springvale (probably one of the best places to look for Asian things near me. + I heart pocky!) for me! fresh, dry paste or oil??? when I normally get something with them it is usually a red bean bun.
Actually I was wondering what the glycerine does i the recipe? I saw that it is often used in home made soaps (to avoid using chemicals to create foam, taken out as it is more cost effective to sell it by itself) and as this is a massage bar and not a soap then what is it doing in it?
I was also thinking about putting in Jojoba spheres (are tiny, coloured jojoba wax exfoliating beads.) which would be basically for hands/feet. (make strawberry (or what ever oils I get, poring a overall skin one/s into molds and then adding the spheres into the leftovers.) I work in a butchers, and unfortunately it is cold, constantly cleaning up (lots of water on hands and they loose their own moisture thus dry hands) and handling money (which are pretty germy if you watched the episode on Mythbusters about what else could make you sick other than the kitchen sponge.)

Claire-Muriel Maslen said...
June 10, 2013 12:55 PM

The lush lip scrub is one of the reasons why I want to get a bottle of jojoba oil (online as the ONLY place I have seen it so far was over twice the price of the priciest one online.)

Anonymous said...
December 31, 2013 5:46 AM

Would you have a recipe for the LUSH serum bar called Full Of Grace please?
Thank you for sharing your recipes and ideas. I love them all.

Katherine said...
February 09, 2014 1:26 AM

Galia, I am excited to find your website! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Have you by any chance tried the Lush Mange Too bar? I just found out that it was discontinued and it was my favorite!!! If you've tried making a recipe for that one, would you mind letting me know? Thank you so much!

Tanika said...
March 17, 2014 3:33 AM

Do you have the recipe for the Hottie lotion bar?

Frankie Belmain said...
April 26, 2015 8:54 AM

Hello and tysm for ur amazing Lush Inspired recipes!!!! I LOVE LUSH!! Where did u get ur MOLD? I so want that Mold...and i am looking for the Massage bar Mold with little bumpy Balls on it? lol tysm

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תמר said...
November 13, 2016 11:52 PM

I am excited to try this but I am confused about the measurements. You say ml so I guess I have to first melt a bit of the butters to get them in a liquid form so they can be measured in milliliters. Is that correct, or am I missing something? Do you by chance have a version of the recipe that uses weights?

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