This DIY Whipped Cooling Lotion Will Soothe a Sunburn FAST!

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Soothe a sunburn with this whipped coconut cooling lotion!

Fingers with whipped cream lotion on fingertips with products on deck railing in background

Beat the heat with this homemade sunburn lotion! 

You can make this super easy cooling sunburn lotion with just a few ingredients! It’s made with whipped coconut oil, which has so many different health benefits. As a result, this cooling lotion recipe is full of antioxidants, super hydrating, soothing for bug bites, and cooling on the skin when you’re beating those hot summer heat waves.

spoon of coconut oil with coconuts next to it

Is coconut oil good for sunburn?

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties to aid in the skin’s regeneration, and its antimicrobial properties can prevent the spread of harmful microorganisms. Using coconut oil can aid in your irritated skin’s recovery, and it can also help to prevent infections if you’re peeling!

girl holding aloe vera gel coconut oil and peppermint essential oils

How to make homemade cooling lotion for sunburn

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

Watch how to make this easy DIY on YouTube!

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hand holding a small amber bottle of peppermint essential oil

Thanks to Plant Therapy’s amazing essential oils, this DIY cooling lotion 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.

DIY whipped sunburn cooling lotion on fingers

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 using these two ingredients (pictured below). Then, the added cooling effects of aloe gel are a match made in sunburn lotion heaven!

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

hand holding two black measuring cups with white and green gels

hand holding a whisk with whipped cooling coconut oil lotion on tip

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 cooling coconut oil lotion

My Hip sidekick, Lina, came up with the original recipe for this whipped cooling sunburn 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 care routine and this is a fun and easy way to do it . Plus, the Plant Therapy essential oil smells soooooo amazing!” – Lina

This cooling lotion is the easiest 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 moisturizer, this cooling sunburn lotion is also beneficial in that it provides some natural relief from itching due to bug bites, poison ivy, and hives.

As a bonus, you can also opt to add other essential oils (like lavender, as mentioned above), your favorite essential oil scent, 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 – it’s so safe, it’s even EDIBLE! 😱

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 33

  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!

    • Lori Stevens

      Natural Aloe Vera works wonders on sunburns. However, it doesn’t contain preservatives so it turns rancid after a couple of days.

      • MommyinKC

        I keep an aloe plant in the house for sunburns. Just cut off a piece of the plant and cut it open. Smear on the aloe and it’s a natural instant cure!

  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. Kathleen

    Don’t forget to add in some dried plantain leaves! Not the banana, the plant most people think of as a weed 😆

  12. Jackie

    Just a heads up, lots of aloe vera gel is mainly alcohol, which doesn’t really help as much as a pure aloe gel would. It tends to dry skin out, and make it harder for your skin to heal. Most stores have pure aloe without the alcohol for the same price.
    Otherwise, this sounds like a great idea!

  13. Lesly

    We use the aloe Vera gel (or the plant) for sunburns or other burns , doesn’t hurt to use it, so as many times as you can apply per day is good, I got a bad burn in my arm, the gel from the plant kept me from having a scar

  14. Dee

    We just put aloe on alone. Just keeping it simple and effective.

  15. ATM

    I have a couple of aloe plants and use the leaves for various purposes, it has helped my family with dry skin, sunburn and including eczema as well. I always let the aloin drain from the leaf before use, cut it up an put it in the freezer so when applied to the skin is cold and handy. Thanks for the recipe I will definitely try it out!

  16. Peaches

    How would you store this? Would it need a glass jar?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Peaches! You can use any container or jar however glass is best. 💕

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