My understanding of a lotion is that it is a creation made of some sort of oil or oils, some kind of scent or not, an emulsifying agent, and water. In order to have a true lotion of any kind, one must use an emulsifier in order to get the oil portion to accept the water portion. Without emulsifier, the oil and water will never be at peace.
I am not into making lotion because I have not found a safe completely natural emulsifier that will help oil and water be peaceful with each other in any lasting way. I have read tales of how this can be done with beeswax, but none of my little experiments in that direction have panned out satisfactorily to this date. So, I have these things that I call Butter Pats. I can't call them lotion bars and keep a clear conscience because they are lacking that crucial component of true lotion-water. They definitely have some nice butters and beeswax though. I say they, when I only have one variety listed for sale at the moment due to my selfish hoarding of some coffee infused Shea butter pats that I made recently, and a coconut oil type scented with my favorite clary sage essential oil that..went straight to my bathroom. Shame on me! It's not like I can't make more!
I will say that these Butter pats do not feel to the skin as a true lotion would. I rather like them better. Depending on the proportions I decide to use, they can either leave a very small trace on the skin or go on quite like a straight butter would and take a lot longer to fade than regular lotion does. My skin is the type that can be covered in lotion and then feel dry again an hour later. I like my pats because the dry skin does not return for hours. Also-so many lotions have irritated my skin that it's not funny, and I find that the completely natural butters, oils, and beeswax have the opposite effect. I have been doing a comparison this week between pure golden jojoba oil and the java Shea butter pats, and so far the pats have a longer lasting effect but I do like them both.