(Find this recipe and many more in my “Things To Make With Mint” Kindle ebook!)
I’ve been experimenting with lotion recipes for ages and finally found one that I absolutely love!
I based it off of Rosemary Gladstar’s “Famous Face Cream” recipe found in her book, Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, and then tweaked it around a bit. (PS: that book is fabulous and not just for beginners. I love my copy!)
While this version is made with mint, don’t be afraid to swap ingredients around and use another flower or herb that you like. If you don’t want to use shea butter, try mango or cocoa butter instead. The type of carrier oil can be varied as well.
Aloe Mint Lotion:
- handful of fresh mint leaves (dried will work too)
- 1/2 ounce (1 Tablespoon) aloe vera
- 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) shea butter
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of sunflower oil
- 1/2 tablespoon beeswax
- peppermint essential oil
- preservative (see * below)
I infuse my sunflower oil with mint leaves (see HERE for more detailed directions) – but you can use plain oil, if you wish.
Make sure that you are using pure aloe vera gel. (I use the kind from Mountain Rose Herbs, but your local health store should have a high quality option as well.)
First, we need to make a mint tea to serve as the water base of our lotion. Stuff a jar with fresh mint leaves (or about 1/8 to 1/4 filled with dried mint leaves) and pour simmering hot water over them, until the jar is filled. Cover with a saucer and let this steep until cool.
Strain and measure out 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of tea for the recipe, mix the aloe in with it, then set aside. Refrigerate the remaining tea. (I’ll have more projects for that in another post.)
Take a small, heat-proof measuring cup or jar and add the oil, beeswax, and shea butter in it. Set this down into a saucepan containing a few inches of water. Set the pan over a medium-low burner until the wax and butter have melted. Remove from heat.
Now, comes the waiting part. Set everything aside for a few hours to completely cool.
Using either a blender or a mixing bowl and hand mixer, start blending/beating the oil on high speed. Slowly drizzle in the water mixture while you continue to blend. After several minutes, the mixture will emulsify into a soft, creamy lotion, that will firm further as it sets.
Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil then beat a bit longer. Spoon into a glass jar for storage.
* If you don’t add a preservative, store this lotion in the refrigerator and use within 1 to 2 weeks. To make it last longer though, try adding a nature-derived preservative.
* I’m currently a fan of using NataPres (made from a radish root ferment filtrate with honeysuckle and aspen bark extracts) at a rate of 2%. To figure the amount needed, add up the weight of the ingredients – which are 162 grams in this recipe – then multiply by 2% (.02) to get 3.24 grams needed, which I would just round to 3 grams of NataPres for this recipe. Lotioncrafter has a variety of other preservatives and their usage rates listed on their site HERE, so don’t feel limited to using NataPres just because I do.
Total yield is almost 4 ounces.
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