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.

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


  • 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


  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.


153 Comments on “Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion”

  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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. 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!

  2. Hello! how much lotion does this make?

    I am making a large batch to fill 60 – 8 oz jars – and i wasnt sure how many batches id need to make for that


    1. It makes around 1 cup which would should fill about 1 of your jars. I can’t give you and exact number since I’ve never made that many before myself, but I hope it works out for you!

  3. Apply at the end of the day. If massaged into the legs will give an immediate refreshing effect due to peppermint essential oil. Can’t wait to make this.

  4. hi
    fresh aloe gel needs to in the fridge and last only 1 week. with the bees wax does it last longer? and does it need to be in the fridge?
    can I use fresh bees wax that still has a little honey on it?
    thank you for your time and help.

    1. I haven’t made this lotion with either fresh aloe or fresh beeswax so I couldn’t say how it would work or how long it would last. The only thing I do know is like you mentioned about fresh aloe that fresh things don’t keep long so I would keep the lotion in the fridge and I’m really not sure how long it would last. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, but I hope you’ll let me know how it goes if you decide to try it out!

  5. Great recipe! I’d like to see weights on all of the ingredients since cups aren’t very precise or universal. Thanks~

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know, I’ve been moving more towards weight measurements for that reason. I’ll add this one to my list to retest!

  6. This recipe is great! I added a mix of mint and eucalyptus essential oils. But after 2-3 days, my lotion started to separate and get watery. I left it in a jar at room temperature, away from direct sunlight so I don’t think it was an issue with the heat or the cold. Any way I can fix this and blend it back together?

    1. It sounds like there might have been a problem with the emulsion. I have left mine in the sun and when it separate, I lightly heated it up, then blended it up in the blender. It turned out nice and fluffy, so I hope it will work for you. Just be aware before you put this in your blender that you’ll need boiling water to clean the blender to make sure the wax residue comes off. I sure hope this helps, and be sure and let me know if you have anymore questions!

  7. This is the best recipe I’ve tried. I love how it makes my skin feel soft and it’s so easy to make. My granddaughter also says that it’s great for new tattoos……………….lol

    Thank you

    1. So glad you’ve been enjoying it, I find the aloe very soothing as well so I can imagine it would be great for new tattoos!

  8. I made this with fresh aloe and it turned out great. Unfortunately I left the jar out in the sun and as I live in a tropical climate it got annihilated by the heat, and separated. Still, there’s plenty more aloe around so I can make some more. Thanks.

    1. That is one problem with anything homemade, extreme heat and cold have quite an affect on any homemade product! Glad you have plenty of aloe around though. I would suggest trying to lightly warm it and blending it back together, but it might not be safe to use anymore if it was exposed to sun too long. 🙂

  9. I followed the recipe but when I went to use the lotion this morning, it is hard as a rock. I’m sure if the temperature was warmer, the lotion would be softer. Not sure what to do as it’s unusable.

    1. Lotions made without any kinds of additives will be solid when the room temperature becomes cooler and there’s really nothing to do about that. Store bought versions are mostly water which is why they’re not solid even when it’s cold. I’m sorry this isn’t working out for your particular situation.

  10. Hi, love the simpl3 recipe
    Just wondering if you have tried with fresh aloe? Just made it with fresh stuff but the aloe is very stringu, looks like melted cheese while setting any ideqs or tips?

    1. I’ve never made this with fresh aloe, so I really don’t know why it would have a stringy appearance. Sorry, and sure I wish I could be of more help!

    2. Try putting it in the blender! The fresh aloe will be more like a homogeneous gel if you blend it.

    3. Saw a awesome video online last night where you blend then strain the aloe through a milk bad or similar a few times. Takes a lot of the fiber out of the gel.

  11. Hi Kari,
    So far I have not got that much luck on mixing homemade aloe Vera gel + oils with beeswax. They don’t emulsify properly. Even I bought Olive M emulisifier,. I tried to mix olive M + oils + aloevera without beeswax,I got the same problem. Any suggestions?

    1. I’m not sure if the homemade aloe vera might be effecting the end result, but my best tip for emulsifying it is to have the aloe at room temperature, and to blend the lotion when you’re done because that really seems to help it be stable. I sure hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  12. My understanding is that beeswax is not a true emulsifier. Why do you choose beeswax over emulsifying wax? I’m allergic to coconut oil so I’m going to try this with jojoba oil or avocado oil.

    1. I use beeswax because my skin is very sensitive and beeswax is not only natural but something my skin is actually ok with! Coconut oil is quite a bit thicker than jojoba or avocado, so your lotion might be a bit thinner at room temperature.

    1. I wouldn’t recommend using this on your face because of the peppermint oil, but you could leave it out, or try making my Easy Buttercream Lotion.

    1. Shea butter acts quite differently in lotions than the ingredients called for here, and can sometimes separate a bit causing a grainy texture. I wouldn’t advise it with this recipe, and I have no way of knowing how much you could safely sub in without changing the whole texture of the lotion.

      1. Hi Kari,
        What essential oil do you recommend I replace the peppermint with if I want to use this cream for my face? My face is pretty sensitive so I was wondering if a hint of rose oil would be a better idea than the peppermint? Or if you have a different cream that you recommend for the face, please let me know. Thanks!

        1. I have really sensitive skin, so I don’t use lotion on my face at all. I use the Oil Cleansing Method, (you can read about it on the blog) along with either some jojoba oil or coconut oil at night for my moisturizer. I would recommend using something other than peppermint though if you do want to use this as a facial lotion. I’m not sure if rose oil would be good or not for sensitive skin, but I have heard it has wonderful benefits for wrinkles.

  13. Do you know the weight of your beeswax? Grated beeswax can be fluffier than pellets, which is what I ha e…

    1. Yes I do have the weight, 11 grams to be precise! I just added it to the recipe, it’s something I didn’t do in the past, but I’ve been adding it in now. Please let me know if you have anymore questions!

  14. I’m sorry – forgot one thing. Is a VitaMix blender too strong? Only kind I have. If so, what would you suggest?

    Thanks again, Kari


  15. At what point do you put the mixture into the jars? Do you let it cool in the jars? Will the end product be like a wax or a lotion? Can’t wait to try this – as soon as I get a few answers.

    Thanks so much, Kari!


    1. I usually let me lotion cool in the pan I make it in before transferring it to a jar, except when the opening of the jar is very small, then I try to pour it in before it’s fully set up just to make it easier. You can also use a funnel which can really help depending on the opening size of the container you’re using. As far as the texture being wax or lotion like, I’d say it has the texture of a soft lotion the first day or 2, then over time it continues to thicken as some of the liquid in the lotion evaporates, but definitely not like a wax.

  16. Amazing! This was extremely easy to make! I used fresh aloe gel (by gutting and blending some leaves) and it still worked perfectly. Thank you! Since I am familiar with emulsifying, I did add the aloe vera bit by bit – I’m not sure if that makes any difference with this method.

    1. I’m so glad you found it easy to make, this is a favorite of mine for really deep skin moisturizing and it’s good to know it works with fresh aloe vera – I’d really love to try that out sometime!

    1. I do, and I’ll leave it below. I buy the Lily of the Desert brand because it’s the best quality aloe vera we have here locally. I’m not sure if there’s better brands, but this one doesn’t have fillers and very little in the way of preservatives. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

    1. I’ve personally never tried it with Eucalyptus essential oil, but the brand that I like to use (Aura Cacia) does sell it.

  17. Hii Kari 🙂 Recipe seems really nice.
    Wanted to ask can we use another ingredient in replacement of aloe vera gel ?

    1. I’m not sure exactly what to replace the aloe vera with, but I think water or even rose water should work the same. The lotion might be slightly thinner, but the difference shouldn’t be much. I hope this helps and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

      1. Aloe vera gel can be replaced with aloe vera juice & xanthan gum. (*The juice is best kept refrigerated. So I can only assume in this case that the lotion if made with juice would need to be too.)

  18. Hi kari,

    Where do you get the aloe gel from? Also can I use avocado oil instead of coconut?



    1. I get my aloe gel from the local health food store, it’s the Lily of the Desert brand. You probably could use avocado oil in this lotion, although it will definitely be thinner because coconut oil is solid at room temperature and avocado oil is liquid. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  19. Hi Kari, this recipe is great and i cant wait to try it. I was wondering though, you said you use this in the summer time, do you have something for winter? I have SEVERE dry skin, I have made my legs bleed scratching them and sometimes it keeps me up all night. It also causes terrible razor burn, 1-2 days after I shave when the hair starts growing back it’s like my skin is too dry for the hair to properly push through an my legs will be in awful pain and extremely bumpy. Do you have recipe that will work for this type of dry skin?

    1. I would definitely try my Easy Buttercream Lotion, but you could also use straight oil for super dry skin. My favorites are jojoba and coconut oil both of which absorb well into my skin. I’m not a doctor of any kind so bear that in mind, but you might want to look into possible causes for the extreme dry skin. Some possibilities could be not enough healthy fats in your diet, maybe an undiagnosed allergy to something, not enough hydration, or maybe even a minor yeast infection – it’s definitely worth checking into some answers since it’s keeping you up at night. As far as surface remedies for dry skin, I love my ultra moisturizing Buttercream Lotion I mentioned and you might try my Pineapple Skin Smoothing Body Treatment as well. Pineapple has an enzyme in it that eats away the dead skin without abrasion which could make your skin condition worse, and it will smooth out your skin and get it ready to accept the lotion. Otherwise sometimes with too much dead skin build up, you’re just moisturizing the dead outer layers of skin. I hope some of this helps, and maybe a nutritionalist could help you sort out possible root causes. Let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

    2. Personally, I was getting super dry skin whenever I used most less expensive bars of soap (even with the less expensive ones from the health food store).

      When I use better bars of soap from health food stores or make my own liquid soap (10%-40% castile, 10% hemp oil, vitamin E, aloe vera juice, maybe xanthan gum or veg glycerin, and a small bit of essential oils, topped up with boiled or filtered water) the dry skin is significantly reduced.

      I gather for me personally that eating gluten and/or dairy has also made it worse sometimes too.

      But really for me it was the soap I was using.

      Regarding razor burn, I learned to follow shaving with applying witch hazel – much reduced skin issues from shaving!

      Might also be best to shave at night, so that when one puts on deodorant in the morning, the pores are less open & skin is less sensitive from having just shaved.

      Maybe using a natural shaving lotion from the healthstore or DIY recipe for shaving lotion helps too (or even using natural soaps).

  20. Hi Kari,

    I cannot apply any oil on skin which clog the pores of the skin and grow reddish spots, any alternative for coconut oil?

    Thank you for your reply!


    1. You could try jojoba oil instead which has a similar makeup to the oil our skin produces, which might be better for your skin. Since it is much thinner than coconut oil, I’m not sure what the consistency of the final lotion would be, but you might need to add a bit more beeswax. I’m also including a link to my Easy Buttercream Lotion, (which has much less coconut oil in it) and it might be easier to leave the coconut oil out of that recipe, and sub the 3 Tablespoons listed for another oil along with an additional teaspoon or two of beeswax. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

    1. It lasts for at least a month, and I’ve even had it for 6 weeks before, but it does tend to get thicker over time as the aloe vera slowly evaporates. If you ever notice any kind of weirds smell from a homemade product though, you should throw it out immediately. Usually this keeps well, and I’ve never had it go bad before, but there’s always a chance it could. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions!

    1. I’m not sure if aloe from your plants would work exactly the same because I don’t know what the consistency would be, (aloe vera gel from the store is quite thick). Also the store bought kind has a preservative in it which is why this lotion can last for weeks at room temperature. If you do want to use your own aloe, I would look into a natural preservative at your local health food store that’s made for topical cosmetics/homemade beauty products. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions! 🙂

    1. 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!

  21. 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. 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! 🙂

  22. 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. 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!

  23. Hi Kari, great recipe, thanks! I tried making this last night; I witheld a bit of coconut oil and added some shea butter as I was hoping to add some natural SPF to the cream. My aloe gel was at room temp, and after i had my oil and wax melted together I mixed in the aloe with an electric hand mixer…The aloe splattered all over and didn’t emulsify :-/ When you say whisk, am I supposed to do this by hand? Or do you think that the addition of shea butter has created the issue? I read an earlier comment where you indicated you could slowly warm the cream back up and try to re-emulsify; I’m going to give it a shot but I was wondering if you have any further tips? Thank so much!!!

    1. Yes, it’s best to whisk by hand because an electric mixer is too powerful for such a liquid mixture. I just added note to the recipe to avoid any future problems, and I’m sorry you had a mess on your hands. You might not be able to save it depending on how much liquid you lost, but do try rewarming it and then hand whisking it. To speed things up you can stir the mixture together with a spatula over an ice bath until it thickens and becomes white and creamy – then let it cool to room temperature before hand whisking it again or blending it in a blender for a fluffier texture. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  24. Where did you get your beeswax and did it have an overpowering odor? I’m a first time user of beeswax. I’ve been reading up on where to buy it, and I’m coming across reviews of beeswax having a strong scent, almost to the point of being unusable. Thanks for your help! I’m excited to try this recipe along with your Grapefruit Ginger body wash!

    1. I bought my beeswax from Frontier Coop and I don’t think it has an overpowering odor, more like a light honey/waxy type scent. I haven’t bought any for a while now because they sell in bulk I still haven’t used mine up, but they’ve always been a great company. I’m including a link below if you do decide to go with them. I hope this helps, be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions!

  25. could I use water steeped with dried peppermint leaves for a water based lotion. I live in a very hot climate and all the oil based products that I have made in the past feel too greasy and sticky on the skin. Or is there any way to make this recipe lighter without the addition of water?

    1. I’m not sure what you’re asking when you say water steeped in peppermint leaves for a water based lotion, are you asking if you can leave the oil out or the aloe vera out? I personally don’t find this lotion to be greasy or sticky as it absorbs very well into my skin, I think the trick is to find an oil that absorbs well for your skin. I know a lot of people really like jojoba oil because it is the closest in makeup to our own skin oil. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

  26. I added a 50:50 ratio of almond oil and coconut oil (I’m not too fond of the coconutty fragrance). But when I tried blending it, I didn’t get the light fluffy texture, like in your picture. Mine was a dull white and had a slightly grainy texture. What do u think went wrong? 🙁

    1. The addition of a different oil could have easily affected both the texture and color, but as far as the graininess goes that’s usually caused when the beeswax/oil mixture doesn’t get properly emulsified with the aloe vera gel. It’s really important to have the aloe vera at room temperature before mixing it in, and it helps to stir the lotion over an ice bath at the end until it gets really thick. From there, it you’d like it fluffier, you can blend it in a blender or small food processor. Since this lotion is really high in water content, the lotion will naturally become thicker over time since there aren’t any preservatives in it. I hope this helps, but be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions.

  27. I purchased aloe vera liquid and it was recommended to add arrowroot powder to thicken it so it would be more like a gel…I heated it in a double boiler, with the results being more like a cream gravy! How can aloe liquid become more of a gel without heating, or can aloe liquid be used in place of aloe gel?

    1. It’s always best to use aloe gel when it’s called for because there really isn’t a way to thicken the liquid to become more like a gel. If you do use the liquid version, you could use a bit more beeswax and hopefully the final product will be similar. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

  28. Hi Kari

    This is a great recipe and I can’t wait to try it as I have sensitive skin and hope the aloe vera will help where medicated creams have failed. What can I substitute for coconut oil? Coconut oil makes my skin itchy and I develop small rashes. What else can I use to get a light and non-greasy lotion?

    1. Jojoba oil would be a great alternative in this recipe because it’s a light oil and it’s the closest in makeup to our own skin’s oil composition. You may need to add a little more beeswax if you find the lotion to be too thin because jojoba oil isn’t quite as thick as coconut oil. I would also avoid adding the mint essential oil or any essential oil if your skin is super sensitive. Let me know how it goes, and if you have anymore questions!

  29. Is this thin enough to use in a pump or squirt bottle?

    If it’s more of a cream, could I use Aloe Vera juice instead of gel?

    1. The consistency starts off being fairly lotion like, but over a week or two it solidifies into more of a cream. I’m not sure if it will work in a pump bottle or not, and I’m thinking the aloe vera juice might work but again I’m not sure since I haven’t tried it myself. You could try my Easy Buttercream Lotion instead (adding essential oils if you’d like). I know for sure that that one works well in a pump because that’s how I always use it. I’m including the link below, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  30. Hi there, yesterday I boiled a balm mixture together to try to see if Aloe would blend well and it didn’t blend at all. I reheated it 3 times and mixed every time but once it starts hardening it just separates completely, the aloe forms one giant bubble under the layer of wax (plus a bunch of other bubbles) and if I continuously mix it just gets hard and the aloe splashes around like it’s water.

    Does it sound like I’m not emulsifying it correctly? I thought Aloe wouldn’t blend because of it’s water contents and I was about ready to give up before I read this article. I don’t have a working blender at the moment but it sounds like it could come in handy later on, minus the part where I have to clean wax out of the blender.


    1. Getting the emulsifying correct can be tricky at first but once you get the hang of it, I promise it’s a lot easier! One tip I just discovered is you can warm the mixture just until it melts, and then place the mixture over an ice bath and whisk it constantly for 2-3 minutes until the mixture cools and emulsifies. This really helps avoid any problems with temperature and the wax hardening on you because it takes the temperature down to room temperature while you’re still whisking which also helps to stabilize the lotion. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if I can help with anymore questions! 🙂

  31. Do you think that Vitamin E (oil from, say, gel capsules) could be added in? Vitamin E is the best thing I know of for burns–sunburns included.

    1. Yes I think subbing in some Vitamin E oil for part of the coconut oil should work! Let me know how it goes and if you have anymore questions. 🙂

  32. Just so you know if you are unable to find beeswax you can use soy wax and it is sold at Michael’s. Great recipe by the way…..Love it

  33. Hi Kari,
    I am needing a massage lotion that can be pumped out of a bottle for my massage work. My previous supplier was using Shea butter, bees wax, grape seed oil, and a little green tea or water as well as some essential oils. I don’t know the proportions or how to remake it, and I cannot seem to find any recipes for making such a lotion. Can you give me any suggestions? Thanks so much!

    1. I wish I could help you out, but I really wouldn’t know what proportions to use either! I think this Cooling Aloe-Mint Lotion might be too thick for what you’re looking for as it continues to solidify the longer it sits. Best of luck, and I’ll let you know if I come across anything! 🙂

      1. I was inspired by your question about a shea butter lotion, so I did a little experimenting and came up with a new creation! I’m not sure it’s what you’re looking for, but it goes on smoothly and leaves your skin incredibly soft. I bought a soap dispenser from Target for the lotion and it’s working great so far! I’m including the recipe in an email because it might take me a couple of weeks to get it to the blog. I hope maybe this works for you!

  34. Hi Kari! I am trying to achieve a roll on foot balm that leaves the feet really cooled off! I have tried using beeswax, shea butter, peppermint oil menthol oil and even Vicks to try to achieve a cooling effect..but sadly I have not reached my goal yet.:( I would like to use in as a roll on type salve. If you have any suggestions please give me any advice to reach my goal!!!
    Thank you! Bonnie Bailey

    1. It sounds like you want a consistency similar to chapstick if you’re going to roll it on, so I would start by looking at the amount of beeswax in a chapstick recipes and go from there for the texture part. I don’t have any ideas other than what you’ve already tried for the cooling off effect you described, I would think that any essential oil from the mint family should do the trick – maybe add a bit more to your recipe?

  35. I made this for my self using peppermint essential and it turned out so fluffy and creamy. I loved it!

    1. So glad you like it! It’s still my all-time favorite lotion that’s on the lighter side, I’m working on a few super moisturizing ones but this one takes the cake for everyday use!

  36. Thank you Kari, in the end I just threw it out. Though I am determined to make this recipe work as it sounds wonderful. I will take your advise and let it cool next time round to make sure the mixture can blend properly 🙂

    1. It can be tricky when you first start making it due to the large ratio of aloe vera to oil, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy! I’m working on a easier, more stable lotion with more oil for a winter moisturizing version, so that’ll be something to try out down the road as well! 🙂

  37. Is it possible for the mixture to curdle? I made the mistake of pouring the aloe vera gel in before removing off the stove top and the mixture went instantly from liquid to a clump and the coconut oil has stayed separated, it looks like a mess 🙁
    I have blended the crap out of it to no avail perhaps i over mixed? I also put in in the double boiler again, but it seemed to do nothing. I have decided to walk away from it and I am hoping, as it sits for an hour, that it will combine when I try to blend it again.

    1. It doesn’t actually curdle, although that’s exactly what it looks like when it separates! What happened it a temperature issue – when the oil is too hot and the aloe is too cold, it will turn into a lumpy mess because the oil solidifies separately from the liquid. To fix it this time, try warming it over low heat or in a double boiler until it’s completely liquified – then whisk it together, let it cool and then blend it. It has to be warmed again before it will emulsify once it’s become clumpy. For next time, make sure your aloe vera is room temperature before adding the two together and you should be fine! 🙂

  38. How long should it blended the first time you whisk in aloe? This would be an important step though you mentioned 30secs blending after it is cooled.

    I am confused. In procedure you say to whisk in aloe into warmed up bees and oil and under comments you say to blend in. Which one should be used?

    How warm should aloe be to be whisked in or is it okay to mix cool aloe with warmed up bees wax? Pls reply as i want to try this asap! Thanks!

    1. I’ve added a few more details to the recipe to hopefully clear up any confusion in the future! You can make this lotion one of 2 ways (I explained the second way in the comments which I think is why you might be confused). The first way, (described in the recipe) is the safest way to make it – you add room temperature aloe vera gel and the peppermint essential oil to the coconut oil/beeswax mixture and whisk to combine. Then, after it cools you can either whisk it again or blend it for the best, fluffiest texture. After I’d been making this for awhile I started making it a second way, I started adding it all to the blender after melting the coconut oil and beeswax together and blending – letting it cool and then blending again. However I would recommend trying it the first time the way it’s written in the recipe because if it does separate, you can simply re-warm it before trying to combine it again. Sorry for any confusion, and thanks for writing because it gave me the opportunity to update the recipe with more details! Let me know if you have anymore questions, I’d be glad to answer them! 🙂

  39. This was a disaster for me! It’s a clumpy and I can’t get it to mix. I melted the beeswax (and believe me, beeswax does not melt easily off of the pan while running under hot water – I had to boil the pan 3 times and it STILL has wax in it) with the coconut oil, whisked in the essential oil and the aloe vera, and let it sit for an hour. It has the consistency of chilled butter and the blender won’t chop it – it all just sticks to the side. Any suggestions?

    1. If it won’t emulsify, try re-warming it and blending it in a blender. Then, let if fully cool in the blender and blend again to make sure it emulsifies and has a fluffier texture. I’ve never had much trouble getting beeswax out of a pan before, what I do is rub down the pan with a good amount of dish soap and then pour boiling water over it – it comes off like a charm. I’m sorry you’re experiencing some difficulties with the recipe, the key is to have everything at the same temperature (if the aloe vera is cold and the beeswax oil mixture it too hot they won’t properly emulsify). Once you’ve melted the beeswax and coconut oil, add aloe vera that’s at room temperature and whisk really well or pour it directly into a blender which makes it much easier to mix. Hope this helps and if you have anymore questions feel free to write back with more details! 🙂

  40. Sorry if this is a silly question, but can I substitute peppermint extract for the peppermint essential oil? If no, where do you get your essential oils?

      1. Can I use a hand blender for mixing everything ? Also is it ok to blend both times or should we whisk the first time and blend the second time ?

        1. I think you could use a hand blender both the first and second time, although I’m not totally sure because I’ve never used one myself. Let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

  41. Update . . . when I did the second to last blending it separated again. Wow, this stuff is temperamental! Ok, back to the double boiler to recombine, then another mix. Added the peppermint oil, mixed again and put in the container while still slightly warm. Didn’t want to take the chance of it separating again. Overall, really good recipe but takes a little work to get it right!

    1. I’m so glad you’ve got it figured out! It’s temperamental because it’s all natural ingredients and it has a lot of water content to oil ratio. Once you get the hang of combining it at the right temperature, everything goes smoothly and it’s the best lotion I’ve ever used for my skin!

  42. I’ve made this lotion twice and learned from my first experience to make it perfectly! I use my Kitchen Aid metal bowl set over a simmering pot of water as a double boiler. After the beeswax and the coconut oil are melted over the low heat, leave the bowl over the simmering water and add the aloe vera gel. Using the Kitchen Aid metal whisk, blend them together over the heat. They won’t blend together completely at this point. Put the bowl onto the mixer and attach the metal whisk. Turn on the mixer very slowly and the three ingredients will start to combine. Continue to turn up the speed to medium and mix for about 30 seconds to one minute. Turn off the mixer but leave everything attached so the mixture will begin to cool. Do not and I repeat, do not put this mixture in the fridge to cool. It will separate and will not recombine without being reheated. Before the final mixing, I add the peppermint oil. Then allow to completely cool in the bowl. You can mix it again if you want to make it even more fluffy.

  43. My aloe vera keeps separating:/ my coconut oil and beeswax were 100% melted before I added the aloe too. I am using aloe vera liquid though, not gel. Is that why? In the pot, my lotion looks like it’s sitting in a ton of water, that’s how separated it is. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. I would definitely try the aloe vera gel to start with. Also, it often separates as it cools but you can blend it in the blender when it reaches room temperature (it’s important that it cools before you blend it for maximum stabilization). This will fully emulsify the liquid and solid and I’ve never had it separate after blending.

  44. When I made it i let it cool but the aloe kept separating and I couldn’t blend them smooth like your picture. Any suggestions? Thanks 🙂

    1. I blended mine while it was still warm and then I let it cool in the blender and then I blended it again and it came out light and fluffy. Another problem you might have had was with the beeswax, you need to make sure it’s 100% melted or it won’t keep your lotion emulsified!

  45. This lotion sounds amazing..thank you

    Can I use aloe Vera from my garden..want to make this asap 🙂

    Thanks for your help

    1. I can’t imagine being able to grow aloe vera in my garden! I think you could use it instead, just scape the gel out of the leaves and measure before using it just like the gel out of the bottle only with more good skin benefits!

    1. I always use raw extra virgin coconut oil. The brand I get is called Earth Circle Organics, I get mine from a co-op in the Northwest States called Azure Standard. There are also lots of good sources on the internet. I’ve included the links below for the kind of coconut oil I use.
      To buy Earth Circle Organics directly from their site, you need to be a member.

  46. Can’t wait to make this to bring on our camping trip to the lake next week! Where’s the best place to get beeswax? Thx! 🙂

    1. I think you’ll love it because I’ve noticed that my skin is much softer and smoother since I started using this lotion!

  47. hey can you please name the ingredients in bowl….. What is that brown looking thing in bottom left bowl??? Plz list put ingredients…i really liked it!!

    1. I use mine within 2-3 weeks and it keeps just fine. If you need to keep it longer, you can store it in the refrigerator. Sometimes when I make a bigger batch of natural products, I divide it into smaller portions and place all but one container in the fridge. That way, as I use it up, the product stays really fresh.

  48. What kind of aloe gel did you use? Just regular aloe Vera gel with no dyes? I really want to make this, sounds heavenly!

    1. I use Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel with no dyes. A good thing to look for in aloe vera is if it needs to be refrigerated. If it sits on the shelf, it’s bound to have some undesirable additives.

    1. I don’t store mine in the fridge, but I use it within 2-3 weeks. For longer storage, the fridge might be a good idea (the lotion will be quite a bit firmer though).

  49. This looks great! I’ve been looking for a nice natural body lotion, and since I love both aloe vera and coconut oil, I think this might be it! Just one question: is it 1/2 cup of aloe vera?

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