Aloe Mint Lotion Recipe

Aloe Mint Lotion Recipe


(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 Vera & Mint

Aloe Mint Lotion:

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.)

 

Mint Tea Infusion

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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Other posts you may like:

Rose Face & Body Cream | Salve from Fresh Mint | Calendula Oil & Salve

rose face and body cream   Peppermint Salve   Calendula Salve

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16 Responses to Aloe Mint Lotion Recipe

  1. Marla B. says:

    What a great way to use my aloe vera plants! I love mint and homemade body butters/lotions. This is next on my list.

  2. Can coconut oil be used with this recipe?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Tausha! In theory, you should be able to. I usually put coconut oil in the category with liquid carrier oils when making substitutes, since it melts so much easier than the other butters (shea, mango, cocoa), but I’m not exactly sure how the end texture will be affected by doing so. You could make a half batch and see how it turns out and then adjust your next batch from those results. I like having a good portion of solid butters in my lotions/creams, because it seems to make them hold up better, so if you can keep a solid butter in (shea, mango, cocoa) then I think you’ll be happier with the end product. Happy experimenting! :)

  3. Tara says:

    Hi! I have been reading your blog & follow u on FB for a little while now& I love, love your creative money saving, natural ideas & creations! Tysm for sharing them :-) I am very, very new to making soaps, salve, balms etc..with this recipe my question is I don’t have access to butter(shea, mango or cocoa.) I do have the oils / herbs/aloe/e.o.s/some powders..anyway I can make a lotion/cream w/o the “butters”? Ty for any advice

    • Jan says:

      Hi Tara! If you can obtain some coconut oil, you can make some great lotions and such. I live in the boonies but even the small towns nearest to me have coconut oil for sale. (This would be WalMart, Food Lion & Kroger for my area.) While the luxurious, organic brands are nice to have, sometimes they just aren’t in the budget and I feel that store oils do just as well. Once you get your oil, you can do a search like this one: https://www.google.com/#q=lotion+recipe+with+coconut+oil and find bunches of fun projects to try. :)

  4. Tara says:

    Tysm for your help! I do have lotta coconut oil!! Love the stuff♥ lol I’m in the north east,& for some reason finding C.O (organic cold pressed) is the easy part 😉

  5. Sheena Heitman says:

    Hello! I’ve made a few of your soap recipes and thought I would try some of your others because everything I’ve made from your site has been amazing! I do have a question though for this recipe that may answer questions I have for a couple of other recipes you have. I recently purchased aloe vera liquid from a supplier to use for some of the recipes I seen on your site, however I wasn’t paying much attention when the purchase was made and now I have aloe vera “juice” when I really need gel. How would I make the liquid into a gel using natural ingredients? Or can I just use the liquid for the recipes? I want to make the above recipe, your aloe and rose soap and a few others that contain aloe on your site!!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Sheena, I’m happy that you’re enjoying the recipes on the site! That’s a great question about using aloe vera juice instead of gel. The type I have is pourable, so not as thick as other types I’ve bought in the past, but still not watery. If your juice is water-like, I think you could use it in this recipe, only reduce the total amount of water too. So for this recipe, instead of 2 ounces of tea and 1/2 ounce aloe vera gel, maybe you could try 1 1/2 oz tea and 1/2 ounce aloe vera juice (omitting the 1/2 oz that would’ve went to the gel.) So, you’re still getting aloe benefits in, but not disrupting the water/oils/beeswax ratio. For soap, I would do the same thing – just use aloe vera juice for a portion of the water/tea a recipe calls for and reduce the overall liquids amount by a bit. Having not quite enough liquids is often better than having too much, in most cases. I think with a little experimenting and tweaking as you go, it should work just as well for you!

  6. Tami Defenderfer says:

    Love this recipe. Although I did not have all of the ingredients on hand, I tried it anyway with what I had and was glad I did. The result is much better than other recipes I’ve tried that were too oily or separated. This glides onto the skin and absorbs well. Didn’t have the “tea” so just used 1/4 c. aloe gel. Also, had grape seed oil instead of sunflower. Thanks so much for sharing! I think my search has ended! Blessings!

  7. Punita says:

    Dear Jan, as summer is here, I tried this wonderful recipe I used all the ingredients but next day I fund little bumps (like small grains) in the creamy texture and I don’t know why? or what can I do…these small grains are melting from the heat of the hand but it’s not a pleasant feeling in the beginning…what could possibly went wrong? Thank you :-)

  8. Punita says:

    Thank you so much Jan, I thought that is the reason as I was using unrefined new source Shea Butter,thank you for the info,I love all your recipes :-)

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