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

This photo is what your lotion will look like right after you’ve whisked in the aloe vera gel and the peppermint essential oil.

Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion | GI 365

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).

Cooling Aloe-Mint Body Lotion | GI 365

Enjoy all summer long!

4.8 from 5 reviews
Cooling Mint-Aloe Body Lotion
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Serves: 1 cup
  • ¼ cup grated beeswax
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup aloe vera gel, room temperature
  • ⅛ Teaspoon peppermint oil
  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 until it's thoroughly combined.
  3. 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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67 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.
      To buy Earth Circle Organics directly from their site, you need to be a member.

  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! :)

  12. sam

    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. Kari

      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! :)

  13. Michelle

    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. Kari

      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! :)

  14. Michelle

    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. Kari

      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! :)

  15. Riens natural soap

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

    1. Kari

      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!

  16. Bonnie Bailey

    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. Kari

      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?

  17. Carolyn

    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. Kari

      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. Kari

        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!

  18. Inez

    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

  19. Ardella Crawford

    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. Kari

      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. :)

  20. Andy

    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. Kari

      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! :)

  21. Betty

    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. Kari

      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!

  22. Martina

    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. Kari

      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!

  23. Julie

    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. Kari

      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! :)

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