What?! Homemade Bear Grease Lotion! (recipe included!!)

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Yes, I do love making stuff! All my friends know that I am crafty: soaps, lotions, knitting, woodworking, etc. I love being creative with my hands! So, the idea of making lotion isn’t too far-flung for me. The first time my husband saw me make it, he was amazed at how fast, easy and incredibly low cost it was to make a completely all-natural, spa-quality lotion!

He always asks me to make different lotions… I have even made him an aloe aftershave gel from scratch and we love our homemade hand sanitizers! Then, I got some bear grease from Tribal Spirit Drums and Music. Yes, fat from a bear. No, they didn’t kill bears and then sell off the fat! These guys are really awesome… they live in an area with a lot of sustenance lifestyle people. These are people who live completely off the land, or as much as they can get away with. They grow crops and forage in the forest. They hunt for meat. They live on the basics. But, sustenance living yields one thing that is usually more than is used: animal hides and fat. So these guys go around and gather up unused hides and bear fat from the hunters and use that for their products. They use rawhide to make drums and shakers, they render the fat into bear grease, they get hides tanned into leather. And they get A LOT of hides and fat, so they can sell their extra to give their own income a boost. Nothing wrong with that at all, IMHO.

When I ordered a set of hand drums, they had included some bear grease for me to use to condition the drum skin, which it works wonderfully for! It also, apparently, works wonderfully as a natural treatment for eczema, dry skin, acne and that sort of skin problems when it is rubbed directly on the skin. I have also heard that it works wonders to alleviate pain from arthritis, bursitis, growing pains and that kind of thing.

So, my son’s been growing… complaining of growing pains at least a few times a week. I have some joint pains (yeah, I’m getting old! LOL) and my husband told me recently that he is developing bursitis. So, time to make some Bear Grease Lotion! Also, my Old English Mastiff is getting old and achy, this lotion is all natural and the ingredients are safe to use on animals, babies, adults, you name it! I wouldn’t use it on a cat or kitten with the essential oils but without them or with only 1/2 of the listed amounts of lavender and frankincense, it should be fine.

The video shows my adventure in making this lotion, and the recipe is below! I have provided links where you can purchase all of the items I used. Please note that I am an Amazon Associate and will make a commission if you buy the products through my links, but it won’t cost you anything extra at all! Also note that I am a Wellness Advocate with doTerra and would also make commission on your purchases there, and again this won’t cost you any extra. If you want to become a doTerra wholesale customer, please contact me! It’s a great way to keep your favorite essential oils (and other all natural products!) in stock at a much better, wholesale, price! I did get sick of seeing all of these huge long URLs so I used amazon and google’s URL shortener services to shorten them up for you. These are free services that anyone can use, so check em out!

Bear Grease: https://goo.gl/zmg2JW
Castor Oil: http://amzn.to/2BM1Zn9
Jojoba Oil: http://amzn.to/2C2Q6Vk
Grape Seed Oil: http://amzn.to/2C1AotJ
Cocoa Butter: http://amzn.to/2EouEzk
Emulsifying Wax: http://amzn.to/2E9FF8x
Phenonip: http://amzn.to/2C1zcqf
Bottles: http://amzn.to/2GXdmHV
Beeswax: http://amzn.to/2BhzdJZ

Essential Oils:
Frankincense: https://goo.gl/Ld2gkU
onGuard: https://goo.gl/EMzAL4
Vetiver: https://goo.gl/1ehinp
Melaleuca: https://goo.gl/G2kioJ
Lavender: https://goo.gl/KK8AQQ

70% Water
15% liquid oils
5% hard oils/butters
5% emulsifying wax
1% peservative (or according to speific manufacturer instruction)
1% scent/essential oils
1/16 – 1/8 cup melted beeswax IF NEEDED

1/8 cup each: bear grease, castor oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil
3 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter
3 1/2 Tablespoons Emulsifying Wax
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons phenonip
5 drops each essential oil: frankincense, onGuard, Vetiver, Melaleuca, Lavender


  1. Put water over medium low heat to warm
  2. Melt oils, butters and wax together in double boiler
    3. Remove oil mixture from heat and add phenonip, blend well
    4. Add warmed water to oil mixture and blend well
    5. Allow to cool fully, mixing frequently
    – If mixture is not thick enough for you, warm in double boiler and slowly whip in melted beeswax in small increments. Cool fully again after blended and whipped. You can check with a spoon or your finger to make sure there are no chunks of wax before you start cooling again.
    – If beeswax is used, strain the lotion about halfway through cooling to remove any remaining chunks of wax before the lotion is too thick
    6. Add essential oils, blend well
    7. Bottle and enjoy!

Keep away from prolonged exposure to excessive heat or sunlight. If sealed properly, your product should be stable for 3 months (kept warm) to 1 year (kept cool and dark). Clean up spilled cocoa butter or beeswax utensils and pans with hot water and soap (I use boiling water to melt the thick stuff and then wipe with warm, wet cloth).