Vanilla Mint Body Lotion

Kate here again!  We all want to feel pampered from time to time, so I let the girl children choose scents for their own lotion/body butter.  They were really hip on this, which meant they needed to sniff every bottle of essential oils in the store.  It was a tedious adventure, but it all turned out pretty well.

My 13 year old had decided she wanted to clone the scent of her favorite chapstick which is vanilla mint.  So we set off to work on it.

Our ingredient list:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup grated beeswax
  •  2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

To start, we grated up the beeswax (because the only kind I could find was in a block).  We added it into a glass bowl with the coconut oil.

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We then filled a pan with water, set our glass bowl in it and heated it on medium, stirring until it was all melted.  (Note: the beeswax takes longer to melt than the coconut oil, so it will look like this before it all gets clear)

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And…..this is where my camera apparently decided it wasn’t going to save anymore photos….because I took them, I swear I did, but they are just not there now!

So, as you can see I used a big pan thinking it would be easier to retrieve the bowl for my 13 year old, it was not.  I ended up having to lift the bowl out ninja-style with a bendy spatula.  It was awesome to behold, and yet sad at the same time.  Next time I’ll just go with the smaller pan size like a double-boiler.

Once you do your ninja moves on the bowl of melted coconut oil and beeswax, you add in your aloe vera gel, vanilla, and peppermint.  Of course, according to your tastes and smells you might want to adjust the amounts you put in.  Mix until the aloe is well incorporated.

Now she liked the consistency of it just the way it was.  However, if you want to go for some extra flare, you could probably let the mixture set up for awhile and then whip it up into a fluffy and luxurious body butter.

So let us know if you’ve tried this out.  Post in the comments if you made any changes to the recipe that made it better (or worse LOL)!

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