Let’s face it. No matter what kind of woman, girly-girl or tomboy, we all want to feel pampered from time to time. And there’s nothing better than pampering yourself with a wonderful lotion you’ve made with your own two hands. You’ll love this vanilla mint body lotion, created by my two oldest granddaughters with some help from their mom!
My former daughter-in-law is still a very close friend of mine. In fact, she and my son get along splendidly now that they’re not married. She’s a great lady and she’s a really fantastic mom. She tries to give my granddaughters a wide variety of experiences and this lotion is just one example. She took the girl children to buy essential oils for the project and let them choose scents for their own lotion/body butter. They were really into choosing exactly the right scents, 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.
The 13 year old decided she wanted to clone the scent of her favorite lip balm, which is vanilla mint. Here’s how they created it.
- 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
First they grated up the beeswax (because the only kind they could find was in a block). They put it into a glass bowl and added the coconut oil.
Next they filled a large pan with water, set the 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).
My daughter-in-law used the big pan thinking it would be easier to retrieve the bowl. Apparently it was not. This is her quote on that part of the project; “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, add in the aloe vera gel, vanilla, and peppermint.
You can adjust the amounts of each so that the scent is most pleasing to you. Mix until the aloe is well incorporated.
Unfortunately, the camera gave up the ghost at this point so I don’t have pictures of the rest of the process. I swear, it came out just great!
If you want more of a body butter consistency, let the mixture set up for a bit and then whip it until it’s fluffy and luxurious
I’d love to hear from you if you try this yourself!