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.
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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.

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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 Aloe Mint Body Lotion | Get Inspired Everyday!

Cooling Mint-Aloe Body Lotion


  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup grated beeswax, 11 grams
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, room temperature
  • 1/8 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.

155 Comments on “Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion”

    1. Kari

      I’ve had it for as long as 6 weeks during the summer months, (which are admittedly not that hot here) and it kept really well!

  1. Kari

    Hi,
    I am just wondering would I be able to add menthol crystals to this? Was recommended to get a menthol type cooling cream for my feet and I like the sound of this recipe.
    Thanks
    Lisa

    1. Kari

      I think you can add menthol crystals to this lotion although I don’t know how much you would use. I’ve heard a little goes a long ways, and you would put them in after you melt the beeswax and coconut oil together and have removed it from the heat. Make sure they’re dissolved before continuing. I hope this helps and be sure and let me know how it goes or if you have anymore questions!

      1. Kari

        I have just made this recipe, I used vegan wax pellets instead of beeswax. The formula looks lumpy even though I’ve used an electric whisk on it. I’m hoping it’s just because the mixture isn’t cool enough. Anoyone else have this issue if so how did you resolve it?

        1. Kari

          Not sure exactly what kind of wax makes up the vegan wax pellets you used, but after a little reading, it seems as though they’re not suitable for a 1:1 ratio to sub in for beeswax. I’m not sure if this is why it’s lumpy, but I would try doing a Google search for whatever kind of wax you have to see what the ratio might be to use it in place of beeswax. I sure hope this helps!

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