Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion

Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion | GI 365

Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion | GI 365

This lotion is perfect for summertime because of the ‘cooling effect’ of the aloe and mint. It’s perfect after a long day on your feet. I particularly love it massaged into my legs and feet after a day hiking in the mountains. With the warmer temperatures finally arriving, I wanted a light moisturizer with a cooling effect. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer year round, but sometimes I just need a little moisturizing not the full coconut conditioning. I think a 50:50 ratio of coconut oil to aloe vera has been the perfect amount with just enough moisturizing. It sinks right into my skin leaving, a smooth surface.

Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion | GI 365

Tip: to get the beeswax off your grater, pour boiling water over the surface and watch it melt away.

Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion | GI 365

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 left bowl is aloe vera, the bowl to the right is coconut oil, and the bowl on the bottom left is grated beeswax.

Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion | GI 365 Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion | GI 365

This mixture will look too thin, but it thickens up as it cools. 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 above picture is the lotion before blending, so you don’t have to blend it by any means. It’s perfectly emulsified, but I like the lighter texture of the lotion after it’s blended (refer to picture below).

Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion | GI 365

Enjoy all summer long!

5.0 from 2 reviews
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
  • ⅛ Teaspoon peppermint oil
Instructions
  1. Place the beeswax and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat. Heat just until just melted. Try to keep the temperature as low as possible to preserve the benefits the of coconut oil.
  2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the aloe vera gel and peppermint essential oil. Let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Whisk again, or place in the blender and blend at a medium speed for about 30 seconds for a fluffier version.


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36 Comments on “Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion”

  1. Francine

    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?

    1. Kari

      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).

  2. Katie

    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. Kari

      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. Kari

      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.

  3. Kruti

    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. Kari

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

  4. Melissa

    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. Kari

      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.
      http://www.azurestandard.com/shop/search?q=earth+circle+organics+coconut+oil&submit=
      To buy Earth Circle Organics directly from their site, you need to be a member.
      http://www.earthcircleorganics.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=coconut+oil&Submit=

  5. Kusturi Bissondut

    This lotion sounds amazing..thank you

    Can I use aloe Vera from my garden..want to make this asap :-)

    Thanks for your help

    1. Kari

      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!

  6. Amber

    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. Kari

      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!

  7. Lena

    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. Kari

      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.

  8. Robyn

    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.

  9. Robyn

    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. Kari

      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!

  10. Wendy

    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. G

        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. Kari

          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! :)

  11. Diann

    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. Kari

      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! :)

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