Christmas in July: Grandma’s Christmas Mints Lotion 4


When I was making the Grandma’s Christmas Mints soap, I couldn’t stop inhaling the delectable combination of Peppermint Essential Oil and Freckles Fragrance Oil. It was sharply minty, yet vanilla sweet, and so pleasant to smell! What better to do than make lotion with this scent?

Grandma’s Christmas Mint Lotion bottled and beribboned.

I did a little testing with the fragrance blend before making the lotion to be sure I knew what ratio to use. Because Peppermint Essential Oil can irritate our skin, I wanted to use the least amount possible to get the desired scent. I used our Perfume Testing Strips and placed one drop of Peppermint Essential Oil and one drop of Freckles Fragrance Oil on the wide end to test. Then I made another with two drops of Freckles to one drop of Peppermint, and one more with three drops of Freckles to one drop of Peppermint. The second blend of two drops Freckles and one drop Peppermint was my favorite. It smelled divine!

For this recipe, I wanted to use Jojoba Oil, but I didn’t want the golden color. My vision is a very white lotion, so I chose our Colorless and Odorless Jojoba Oil. This oil has been used for centuries in skincare products, and for a good reason. It is highly moisturizing and rejuvenating with compounds that fight free radicals.

I love Mango Butter and chose to add it for the buttery texture and moisturizing power. Hydrovance is a wonderful humectant that has staying power, and Stearic Acid helps create a lotion with more body. To round out my recipe, I chose to add Matcha Green Tea Extract, as an excellent anti-oxidant, anti-aging, sunburn protection, and skin-soothing agent.

Let’s gather up a few items and mix up a batch.

SUPPLIES

Distilled Water
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Mango Butter
Conditioning Emulsifier
Hydrovance
Stearic Acid
Matcha Green Tea Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Peppermint Essential Oil
Freckles Fragrance Oil

EQUIPMENT

Scale
Thermometer
Microwave-safe container
Transfer Pipettes
Spoon
Stick Blender
Flexible Scraper

12 ounces

9 ounces Distilled Water
1.2 ounces Jojoba Oil (Colorless)
0.72 ounce Mango Butter
0.36 ounce Conditioning Emulsifier
0.24 ounce Hydrovance
0.12 ounce Stearic Acid
0.24 ounce Matcha Green Tea Extract
0.06 ounce Liquid Germall Plus
0.06 ounce Peppermint/Freckles fragrance blend

Percentages

75% Distilled Water
10% Jojoba Oil (Colorless)
6% Mango Butter
3% Conditioning Emulsifier
2% Hydrovance
1% Stearic Acid
2% Matcha Green Tea Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Peppermint/Freckles fragrance blend

Begin by weighing the distilled water, then weigh and add all ingredients but the extract, preservative, and fragrance.

Microwave in 30-second bursts until the mixture is liquid. Because Stearic Acid has a melt point of about 156 degrees, I always make sure to adequately heat any mixture containing Stearic Acid. Nothing worse than having grains of unmelted Stearic Acid in your lotion.

Once the mixture has become mostly liquid, I pulse a few times with a stick blender to smooth everything out and check the temperature of the mixture. This also allows me to see if there are any unmelted grains of Stearic Acid, as the lotion sheets off the bell of the stick blender. The granules will show up quickly then, and I know I will need to heat some more if I see them.

The scent blend mixed and weighed.

Partially melted oils.

After the mixture is hot enough and mixed well, I set it aside to cool below 120 degrees before adding the extract, preservative, and fragrance. After adding those heat-sensitive ingredients, I stick blend thoroughly and use a flexible scraper to make sure everything is mixed thoroughly.

This mixture will still be quite fluid at this point, and I found it easy to pour from my mixing container into a funnel into squeeze bottles. Allow the lotion to cool completely in the bottle before capping to avoid condensation.

Notes:

The fragrance blend was just right. The lotion is quick to absorb, and it leaves behind no greasy feel. I’m smitten!

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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4 thoughts on “Christmas in July: Grandma’s Christmas Mints Lotion

    • Denise Post author

      It’s a really neat scent, Rachel! I love how it blended with the Peppermint Essential Oil to make something truly unique.

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  • Eleanor T

    This lotion sounds really nice! Another one to put on my try-it list! 🙂 (By the way, your photos have been extra cute recently! Nice!) Thanks for another fun post!

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    • Denise Post author

      Thanks Eleanor! Definitely give it a try – the fragrance is just delicious! You can’t believe how much I agonize about the “glamour shots,” as I call them. It’s great to receive a comment!

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