Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion

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This Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion is my most popular lotion recipe for a good reason, it’s so moisturizing! It’s all thanks to a lot of aloe vera gel for hydrating combined with coconut oil for conditioning and moisturizing the skin. It’s an easy to make DIY that you can customize by changing up the essential oil to suit different seasons. This homemade lotion is easily absorbable with so much aloe vera in it, and keeps my skin nice and smooth.

A lotion pump bottle with two hands pumping lotion and mint sprigs alongside.

This lotion is perfect for summertime, or after excercising because of the ‘cooling effect’ from 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 warmer temperatures, 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.

A downward view of a lotion pump with mint sprigs alongside and a blue and white striped linen in the background.

Ingredients for this Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion:

  • Beeswax – I have a giant block of beeswax I’m still using up. But if you’re looking to buy beeswax I most definitely recommend getting some beeswax pellets so you don’t have to bother with grating it. However the most accurate way to use beeswax pellets is to measure by weight. So if you don’t have a scale, consider grating your beeswax instead.
  • Coconut Oil – makes the perfect lightweight and easily absorbable oil to use in this lotion. And because it’s solid at room temperature it helps to thicken up the lotion as well.
  • Aloe Vera Gel – I use bottled aloe vera gel, (the Desert Lily brand) because fresh aloe vera spoils too quickly to put into a lotion.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – adds to the cooling feeling of this lotion, but feel free to omit the essential oil for an unscented lotion. Or you can use any essential oil you like the smell of that works for you.

Tip: to get the beeswax off your grater, pour boiling water over the surface and watch it melt away. Or buy beeswax pellets for the easiest DIY projects!

How to make Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion:

Coconut oil, beeswax, aloe vera gel, and peppermint essential oil in bowls on a cutting board.

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.

Beeswax and coconut oil added to a small white pan with aloe vera gel on the side.

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 as well.
Coconut oil and beeswax melted together in small white pan.

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. Also if you add cold liquid to hot oil it can splatter. So it’s best to keep the oil mixture as cool as possible when melting the beeswax, (pictured above). Just warm it enough to melt, but don’t let it get super hot.

Aloe vera being whisked into the beeswax mixture in a white pan.

This mixture will look too thin at first, (above photo). But it thickens up as it cools (photo below). I like to blend mine on the lower settings of the blender to make it fluffier. Also, it sometimes separates as it cools if it hasn’t been properly emulsified.

If this happens running it for a few seconds on low in the blender has always made it stable for me. Once it’s fully cooled, I haven’t had it separate. You can also lightly warm the mixture and whisk thoroughly to emulsify if it didn’t come together the first time.

The finished lotion in a white saucepan.

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). It’s not worth the hassle to speed up the cooling process all in all!

A lotion pump on a white background with two hands pumping out lotion.

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.

A straight down view of a lotion pump with mint sprigs and a blue and white striped linen in the background.

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Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion


  • Author: Kari Peters
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x

Description

This Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion is my most popular lotion recipe for a good reason, it’s so moisturizing! It’s all thanks to a lot of aloe vera gel for hydrating combined with coconut oil for conditioning and moisturizing the skin. It’s and easy to make DIY that you can customize by changing up the essential oil to suit different seasons. This homemade lotion is easily absorbable with so much aloe vera in it and keeps my skin nice and smooth.


Ingredients

Scale

1/4 cup grated beeswax, 11 grams

1/2 cup coconut oil, 122 grams

1/2 cup aloe vera gel, 122 grams, room temperature

1/8 Teaspoon peppermint essential oil


Instructions

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.

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.

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.

Notes

This lotion will naturally become thicker and more solid over time, as some of the aloe vera slowly evaporates.

  • Category: DIY
  • Method: Whisking

Keywords: Mint Body Lotion, Aloe Mint Lotion, Homemade Mint Lotion, Homemade Aloe Lotion, Coconut Oil Aloe Vera Lotion Recipe

This recipe has been updated with new photos, step by step process, and more tips and additional information in 2021.

177 thoughts on “Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion”

  1. Hi Kari

    I love the look of this recipe and cant wait to make it up. I have an aloe vera gel which is a thin constistancy. Is it a thick or thin gel consistancy that you have used for this recipe and does it matter which one you use

    Look forward to hearing back from you

    Jan

    Reply
    • I think you can use the aloe gel you have but the lotion may be thinner, I’m not totally sure as I haven’t tried it, but it should work. I hope you’ll let me know how it goes or if you have any more questions!

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  2. Hi, this looks like a great recipe. I’d love to make it. But i have a question, can i use fresh aloe vera gel from one of my plants? And how long is the shelf life for this recipe is since it has 50% ratio of water.

    Reply
    • I don’t know if this lotion works with fresh aloe vera gel, but I do know the shelf life wouldn’t be the same. Bottled aloe vera gel comes with preservatives and that’s why this keeps at room temperature. If you do decide to try fresh, I would definitely refrigerate this lotion. I don’t know what the texture might be like refrigerated, but it won’t keep long at room temperature with fresh aloe.

      Reply
  3. 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

    Reply
    • 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!

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      • 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?

        Reply
        • 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!

          Reply

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