This DIY Whipped Cooling Lotion is Perfect for Summer!

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Beat the heat with us! 

You can make this super easy homemade whipped coconut oil cooling lotion! Not only is coconut oil great for so many different reasons, but you’ll find that this recipe is full of antioxidants, is super hydrating, soothing for bug bites, and cooling on the skin when you’re beating those hot summer heatwaves.

girl holding aloe vera gel coconut oil and peppermint essential oils

This easy recipe only requires 3 ingredients and chances are you may already have them at home! By blending some coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and peppermint essential oils you’ll have a fluffy, cooling lotion that your skin is going to absolutely love soaking up!

Watch how to make this easy DIY on YouTube!

Hip Deal: Want a deal on some awesome essential oils? Right now, over at Plant Therapy, new customers can score $10 OFF their first $25 purchase. Just use promo code SIGNUP10 at checkout.

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Thanks to Plant Therapy’s amazing essential oils, this recipe is invigorating and cooling on your skin.

The peppermint essential oil has a fresh, grassy-minty scent with an instant cooling effect. It’s safe to apply on your skin when diluted with other products and the minty fresh scent can even help with nausea.

Sensitive to peppermint? You can also use Plant Therapy’s lavender essential oil which is another great natural relief aid for itching and bug bites.

And if you didn’t already know, the consistency of coconut oil changes from a clear solid to a luxurious white body butter when whipped up so these two ingredients and the added cooling effects of aloe gel are a total match made in heaven!

Coconut oil aloe vera gel and peppermint essential oil measuring cups sitting on granite countertop

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Hand holding a clear glass bowl with green whipped lotion inside and small bottle of peppermint essential oil

Whipped Cooling Lotion




Place solid coconut oil, aloe gel, and Plant Therapy peppermint essential oils in a mixing bowl.


Use either a hand mixer or electric stand mixer on medium-high speed for about 5-8 minutes or until you see the coconut oil turning into fluffy peaks.


Scoop into a container or jar and enjoy! Store below 75 degrees F so it does not melt.

glass jar filled with green whipped lotion

My Hip sidekick, Lina, came up with the original recipe for this whipped cooling lotion. Here’s what she had to say about it:

“This whipped cooling lotion is so soothing and moisturizing. I love incorporating coconut oil into my skin routine and this is a fun and easy way to do it – plus the Plant Therapy essential oil smells soooooo amazing!” – Lina

What an EASY way to get relief! 🙌🧊

bottle of green aloe vera gel jar of coconut oil and peppermint essential oils on wood railing outside
In addition to making a great cooling moisturizer, this lotion is also beneficial in that it provides some natural relief from itching due to bug bites, poison ivy, and hives. Oh, soothing relief!

As a bonus, you can also opt to add other essential oils such as lavender like I mentioned above, your favorite essential oil sent, or even none at all if you’re overly sensitive to them. That’s what I love about this recipe – you can totally customize this lotion based on your preferences and create a scent using any of Plant Therapy’s amazing options!

Enjoy, friends!

*This recipe is for external use only and should not be applied near the eyes or to your face. Please consult your pediatrician before using it on children. 

This is my favorite DEET-free bug repellent – which is even EDIBLE! 😱

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Comments 25

  1. Nancy

    Lina, this is awesome!
    Can you please come up with a homemade hair conditioner using coconut oil??

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea! Thanks for the request, Nancy! I have passed this along to the team!

  2. Lisa

    I just whipped this up! Thank you so much!! I have eleventy-billion bug bites and this is just what I needed!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome, Lisa! Hope this is helpful!

  3. Dee.K

    This looks delicious 😅😅will definitely give it a try.

    • Sara

      Awesome, Dee! Just don’t eat it! It does smell delicious though! haha

  4. nana

    I wonder how natural aloe from a plant would work? I have a large aloe plant that I need to start using.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      We grew up using natural aloe for our burns. If we got a sunburn, we would pick off the plant and rub it on. Worked great – I’m thinking you could use it for this recipe!

      • nana

        Thank you!

  5. crystal-5

    What is the best coconut oil to use? I’m overwhelmed by choices. Lol

    • Sara

      Hey, crystal-5! Unrefined coconut oil is best for skincare because it contains all the naturally occurring phytonutrients and polyphenols (unlike refined coconut oil which is more highly processed). Here’s the one I recommended in the post that I really like.

      • crystal-5

        Unfortunately I can’t get the one suggested at Target, can you suggest one from Walmart, my Target does not carry and it can’t be shipped to my zip code?

        • crystal-5

          Found it at Walmart, slightly different jar but all the right writing.

          • Sara

            Awesome, so glad you found one, Crystal! Enjoy!

  6. Deanna

    Can i do this without the essential oils and still have good results?

    • Sara

      Deanne, I haven’t made it without essential oils as I really love the fresh peppermint smell, however, you’ll still get the same whipped effect without the essential oils. Hope you enjoy!

  7. Jamie

    Will this work for sunburn?

    • Sara

      This can definitely help soothe sunburn, Jamie. I always recommend consulting with a doctor first when it comes to taking care of your skin though. I hope you enjoy!

  8. Asha

    Loved this. I love watching your daughter in the videos too. She is so cute and energetic! Definitely going to make this lotion.

    • Sara

      Aw, thank you so much, Asha! I’ll be sure to tell her she’s got a fan! Enjoy the lotion and have a great weekend!

  9. MacKenzie

    Sara – where did you get the container that you are storing the cream?

    • Sara

      Hey MacKenzie! It’s from IKEA’s 365+ Series. You purchase the glass containers and the bamboo lids separately. I wouldn’t say it’s ideal for this recipe, but it’s what I had on hand. They’re great for food storage though!

  10. Patricia chua

    Hi! How do we store this? Can it last for months?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Patricia! If you store it at 75 degrees or lower it should last for quite a while. Hope this helps!

  11. Pattie

    Can it be shipped to a friend

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