Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion

Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!

 Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!

This lotion is perfect for summertime because of the ‘cooling effect’ of the aloe and mint. It’s particularly awesome after a long day on your feet, and I really love it massaged into my legs and feet after a day hiking in the mountains. With the the warmer temperatures of summer I like to use a light moisturizer, and the cooling effect is an added bonus.

I use straight coconut oil as a moisturizer year round, but sometimes I just need a little moisturizing, not the full coconut conditioning. The 50:50 ratio of coconut oil to aloe vera in this recipe has been the perfect amount, with just enough moisturizing. It sinks right into my skin leaving, a smooth non-greasy surface.

Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!

Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!Tip: to get the beeswax off your grater, pour boiling water over the surface and watch it melt away.

Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!

I like to have all of my ingredients ready to go before I start. That way, when the beeswax has melted into the oil, you’re ready to whisk in the aloe vera. The top right bowl is aloe vera, the bowl to the left is coconut oil, and the bowl on the bottom is grated beeswax.

Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!There are a couple key points to this lotion:

  1. It’s very important to make sure the beeswax has completely melted into the coconut oil, with no flecks remaining. If it’s not completely melted, the lotion won’t emulsify properly and there will be little gritty pieces of beeswax in the finished product.

Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!2. The aloe vera gel must be at room temperature. If you put it into the hot oil/wax mixture straight from the refrigerator, the mixture might not emulsify, instead you might end up with clumps.

Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!

This mixture will look too thin at first, but it thickens up as it cools (above photo). I like to blend mine on the lower settings of the blender to make it fluffier. Also, it sometimes separates as it cools and the blending emulsifies better than whisking. Once it’s fully cooled, I haven’t had it separate.

The cooling process can take 2-4 hours depending on your room temperature. It’s really best not to rush this process because by cooling down slowly the lotion becomes more stable. I’ve also put the lotion over an ice bath and stirred it vigorously until it thickens, but if you keep it over the ice water too long, it will harden and separate, (so it really is best just to let it sit on the counter for a couple of hours).

Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!Cooling Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!

This is one of my most popular DIY recipes, and I hope all the extra tips I’ve added today will help you be successful in making your own lotion. Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually quite easy, and only takes a few minutes to whip up.

The reason this lotion needs a little extra care and attention is the large ratio of water to oil, which makes it less stable than normal lotions. This is also the reason it’s such a great summertime lotion though! If you’re looking for an easier first time project, try my Lavender Sugar Scrub, or my Easy Buttercream Lotion.

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Cooling Mint-Aloe Body Lotion
 
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Serves: 1 cup
Items
  • ¼ cup grated beeswax
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup aloe vera gel, room temperature
  • ⅛ Teaspoon peppermint essential oil
Instructions
  1. Place the beeswax and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Heat just until just melted with no remaining flecks of beeswax. Try to keep the temperature as low as possible to preserve the benefits the of coconut oil.
  2. Remove the oil mixture from the heat, and hand whisk in the room temperature aloe vera gel and peppermint essential oil until it's thoroughly combined.
  3. Let the lotion cool to room temperature, about 2-4 hours. Whisk again, or place in the blender and blend at a medium speed for about 30 seconds for a fluffier version.
  4. Note:This lotion will naturally become thicker and more solid over time, as some of the aloe vera slowly evaporates.


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81 Comments on “Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion”

    1. Kari

      I know some people use liquid lecithin or stearic acid powder in place of beeswax. I don’t know what the substitution ratio would be or how the consistency would turn out since I’ve never used them myself, but those 2 are the only things I know of besides beeswax. I hope this gives you a good starting point, and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  1. brooke

    my lotion turns out grainy. why is this happening? Also, if my aloe has preservatives in it, will this lotion last longer than a month?

    1. Kari

      If your lotion is grainy, it’s most likely because there was a problem emulsifying the wax and oil mixture with the aloe vera. If it’s just separated you can gently rewarm it, once it completely melts, remove it from the heat and stir it vigorously with a spatula over an ice bath until it comes together and is thick. If there is actual grit in your lotion, it would be because the wax didn’t get fully melted. In this case you’ll have to reheat it, (causing the aloe to loose some of it’s benefits) until it’s completely melted and clear without any flecks of wax remaining. Then follow the stirring over an ice bath procedure I mentioned before, and you should be good to go. As far as the preservatives go, I’m not sure if it will last longer, but all homemade products last the best if you never touch them with your hands. So if you put the lotion in a pump dispenser, it may last up to 2 months, but I can’t be sure with so many variables at play. Also this lotion gets thicker over time because some of the aloe vera evaporates, especially in the warmer months. I hope this answers you questions, but if not be sure to write me back with more details! 🙂

  2. Clarisse

    I can see you didn’t use a preservative here. How long is the shelf life of this product, and does it need to be refrigerated?

    1. Kari

      I know that it lasts well for a month without refrigeration, but I think that’s because the store bought aloe vera gel comes with it’s own preservative in it. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes or if you have anymore questions!

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