Cooling Homemade Lotion with Whipped Coconut Oil

One of the fun parts of having a DIY blog is getting to give away stuff I’ve made. My sister especially loves to take home goodies, and I’m even getting requests (more bath bombs, please). My sister is one of my biggest cheerleaders so I happily gave her this lotion to rub on her growing belly (it’s my stretch mark secret weapon).

Having those supporters is important, isn’t it? People who don’t look at you sideways when you say you write a “blog” or think you’re weird for going home to take pictures of a DIY. I’m thankful for those people in my life who let me do this crazy job.

Cooling Homemade Lotion with Coconut Oil | Anyway, Monday morning reflections aside, this cooling lotion is the bomb. I’ve shouted my love of coconut oil from the rooftops, but this stuff definitely beats digging into an ugly jar every morning. My one jar has been around so long that I’m going to need a Spaddy Daddy soon – my hand won’t fit anymore! And after a day at the beach this lotion is heavenly.

Whipped Coconut Cooling Lotion

Whipped Coconut Oil Lotion | Supplies needed:

  • Coconut oil
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Essential oils (my faves are peppermint, lavender and orange)
  • Container with lid

How to Whip Coconut Oil | First, whip the coconut oil. It needs to be solid for this so stick it in the fridge for a bit if it’s too runny. Then dump the oil into a bowl and mix for 6-9 minutes with a hand mixer or KitchenAid until it gets fluffy. The above is how the oil looks before and after you whip. It’s the coolest!

Then add a few drops of essential oil and mix in a dollop of aloe vera gel. Mix well. Apply liberally.

Whipped Coconut Oil Lotion | This lotion is great for people who don’t like the greasy feel of plain coconut oil. Whipping it makes it feel lighter on the skin, and the aloe vera gel cut the oily feeling even more. The coolness feels amazing on sunburned skin!


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  1. Colleen says

    What is your experience with this creamy lotion in warm -hot weather?? Coconut oil gets very hard in refrigerator and in my Oklahoma June climate I’ve already had a facial moisturizer totally melt. I did switch it from a jar to a glass bottle with a glass dropper.

  2. Abby says

    Just curious if whipped coconut oil would melt if kept out in room temperature? Especially if you live in places with warm climate?

  3. Sabrina says

    I was just wondering if this is a liquid recipe, or if I could mould it into a bar.
    Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Linda Patrick says

    Love the idea! Coconut and Aloe Vera a wonderful combo. But all of the essential oils you have listed should be avoided while pregnant. And if using Citrus Oils during the summer (when most of your skin is exposed while sunning), they can make you photosensitive, Something to keep in mind when suggesting essential oils in homemade products.
    Love your blog and the ideas you post. I will have to try some of them. :)

  5. says

    This sounds DIVINE!! I bet it smells so gooood! I could always use some homemade sunburn remedies… I tend to need them with my pale skin.

  6. says

    So simple and perfect. Love this idea. I’ve made 2 types of pregnancy belly butters with a high coconut oil content and use the stuff as eye cream and diaper rash ointment. It really is a great all-around skincare staple.

  7. says

    Wow I started using coconut oil thanks to you and now I can’t wait to try this with peppermint oh LA LA!! You rock with all your clammy tips :) Michelle

  8. says

    Ahh, this sounds so nice! It’s going to be another 100 degree day here in Texas. I’m trying to stay cool every way I can. Coconut oil is amazing but like you, I’m not a fan of the greasiness. I like that the other ingredients cut down on it yet it still retains it’s moisturizing benefits. Perfect for sunburn!

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