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.
Tip: to get the beeswax off your grater, pour boiling water over the surface and watch it melt away.
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.
This photo is what your lotion will look like right after you’ve whisked in the aloe vera gel and the peppermint essential oil.
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 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).
Enjoy all summer long!
- ¼ cup grated beeswax
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup aloe vera gel, room temperature
- ⅛ Teaspoon peppermint oil
- 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.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the aloe vera gel and peppermint essential oil until it's thoroughly combined.
- 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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