Aloe Mint Lotion Recipe

Aloe Mint Lotion Recipe

(Update: 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.

Stir about 5 or 6 drops of rosemary antioxidants into the oil mixture. This will help extend the shelf life of your lotion a little bit – nowhere near as much as if you used commercial preservatives, but I don’t mind a shorter shelf life in order to keep my homemade goodies chemical free.

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.

I’m going to disagree with the book somewhat (it says their recipe will keep at room temperature for a year) and recommend that you keep the finished lotion in the refrigerator.

Even then, because it has no chemical preservatives, shelf life will be limited to a matter of weeks, which is why I sized this recipe on the small side so you can use it up fast!  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. Shelia says:

    Rosemary extract,,,,could I use rosemary essential oil?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Shelia, I’ve used rosemary essential oil in different products before, when I was out of rosemary antioxidants (extract), and was happy with the results. So, my unscientific opinion is – yes, it should work just fine!

  3. 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! :)

  4. 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. :)

  5. 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 ;-)

  6. Kim Nguyen says:

    Can any extract be used other than the rosemary. It is quite expensive.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Kim, You can leave the rosemary extract out if you’d like. It’s optional and will help extend the shelf life somewhat, but since it doesn’t have a chemical preservative, this lotion has a shortish life span anyway. If you make a lot of cosmetic items, you may want to eventually invest in a bottle. I’ve had the same one for ages – a few little drops will go a long way in a recipe!

  7. 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!

  8. Anonymous says:

    hi
    could I not include the rosemary antioxidant (extract) or is it essential for the recipe?
    how long can i keep the lotion?

    • Jan says:

      Hi! You can skip the rosemary antioxidant; it’s there just to help the lotion last a little longer. The shelf life of the lotion depends on a lot of things, but the best thing to do to make it last longest is to refrigerate it.

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