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Liliana Morosini

Solid Aftersun Lotion Recipe with Pequi and Mango

This Mango and Pequi solid aftersun lotion recipe is designed to soothe and regenerate your skin after sun exposure. It offers deep nourishment, regenerating properties and a delightful natural tropical scent. A wonderful addition to your summer skincare routine!

The formulation highlights two exceptional ingredients: pequi oil and mango butter. Let's explore their remarkable benefits and see how they combine to create an effective and delightful aftersun solid lotion with only 7 ingredients.

Pequi Oil: A Hidden Treasure

Pequi oil (Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil) is a recent discovery that has quickly become a favorite in my skincare formulations. Extracted from the seeds of the pequi fruit, this oil is rich in oleic acid, which is known for its regenerating properties and its ability to protect the skin barrier.

What sets pequi oil apart is its impressive antioxidant content. It’s packed with vitamins A and E, as well as zeaxanthin, a powerful carotenoid antioxidant. Zeaxanthin is particularly beneficial for its protective effects against UV radiation and oxidative damage, making pequi oil an excellent choice for aftersun products and summer skincare routines.

Beyond its skin benefits, pequi oil boasts a delightful tropical scent reminiscent of mango or other exotic fruits. This natural fragrance makes it a joy to use in cosmetic formulations, providing a sensory experience that complements its skin-healing properties.

pequi oil mango solid body lotion


Maximizing Pequi Oil's Scent: Tips for DIY Solid Lotions

When formulating a solid lotion, I usually include a generous amount of oils like fractionated coconut oil or coco-caprylate to achieve a lightweight texture. In this solid aftersun lotion recipe, however, I chose to use a minimal amount of jojoba oil and a higher concentration of pequi oil to fully capture its delightful natural scent. At this percentage (30%), pequi oil adds a subtle yet pleasant scent. Adding more additonal oils could dilute its intensity.

Pequi oil offers a discrete aroma. For those desiring a stronger scent, it pairs beautifully with citrus oils. However, keep in mind that citrus essential oils can cause photosensitivity, especially in summer products. If opting for them, consider using bergamot without furocoumarins, which is non-photosensitizing.

Mango Butter: The Perfect Companion

When I first encountered the scent of pequi oil, I immediately thought of pairing it with mango butter. Although mango butter doesn’t carry the fruity scent of its namesake, its properties perfectly complement pequi oil. Mango butter is renowned for its regenerating and anti-inflammatory qualities, making it an ideal ingredient for aftersun care.

Pequi Oil and Mango Butter Solid Aftersun Lotion Recipe

Crafting an effective and luxurious solid aftersun lotion recipe doesn’t require a long list of ingredients when you use oils and butters that are rich in beneficial properties.

  • Pequi Oil: Adds a beautiful tropical scent while effectively combating sun damage.
  • Mango Butter: Provides anti-inflammatory and regenerating benefits.
  • Cocoa Butter: Helps to harden the bar and glides wonderfully. Regenerating and anti-inflammatory.
  • Jojoba oil: it has a light feel, absorbs quickly, and boasts excellent regenerating and antioxidant properties.
  • Candelilla Wax: Makes the lotion hard with a pleasant and not comedogenic dry touch. It’s my favorite choice in lotion bars.
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E): Helps to retard fats' rancidity.
  • Bisabolol: Adds a soothing boost. 

Ingredients dosage - the formula

  • Cocoa butter: 34 g - 34%
  • Mango butter: 10 g - 10%
  • Candelilla wax: 20 g - 20%
  • Pequi oil: 30 g - 30%
  • Jojoba oil: 5 g - 5%
  • Bisabolol: 0.5 g - 0.5%
  • Tocopherol: 0.5 g - 0.5%
  1. Start by melting candelilla wax and cocoa butter in a double boiler until fully liquefied.
  2. Add the mango butter. 
  3. Once liquefied, add pequi and jojoba oil. Stir gently until everything is well combined and melted.
  4. Remove from heat, let it cool a little bit and add tocopherol and bisabolol, stirring continuously to ensure even distribution.
  5. Pour the mixture into molds and put it in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Unmold and let it sit for at least one day.

I hope you enjoyed my solid aftersun lotion recipe!

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