I’ve been experimenting with pure aloe vera to create a homemade aloe mint lotion recipe perfect for the warm spring and summer days 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!)
Beeswax Lotion Making Video Tip
Making lotions and creams with beeswax is trickier than using a true emulsifier. Here’s a video of me making a cream with beeswax, which is the similar method you’ll use for this lotion. (Sometimes an ad plays first, but the video will play right after. If you have an ad blocker, the player won’t appear below.)
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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 Recipe:
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) water
- 1/2 ounce (1 Tablespoon) pure aloe vera gel
Cool Down Phase:
- 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.)
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.
Combine the aloe and water.
Now, comes the waiting part. Set everything aside to cool to room temperature.
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 and your preservative of choice, then beat a bit longer. Spoon into a glass jar for storage.
If you have never used a preservative before and want more information, check out my article Natural Preservatives for Homemade Lotions.
• If you don’t add a preservative, store this lotion in the refrigerator and use within a few days. To make it last longer though, try adding a nature-derived preservative.
• I’m currently a fan of using Leucidal SF Complete at 2 to 4% (I prefer to use closer to the full 4% amount). 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. For a 99% natural lotion, you could use Optiphen Plus as a longer lasting, stronger preservative. For this recipe, you would use 1% to 1.5%, or about 2 grams.
Total yield is almost 4 ounces.