Zero Waste Handmade Aloe Vera Cream

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Zero Waste Handmade Aloe Vera Cream

Making a home-made zero waste cream can be challenging. Simply put, it is very difficult to blend different ingredients into a creamy and non greasy texture without the help of lab-made cosmetic ingredients. There are still great ways to make all natural creams but I would recommend using those for the body as they can be a bit on the oily side (for example, using shea butter or cocoa butter).
As much as I love creating recipes completely from scratch, my dry skin was in desperate need for a zero waste cream! So I prepared this recipe which I can tell you, was super easy and satisfying to make. Why satisfying? Well, the recipe is basically a mix of aloe vera gel and oils. When these are mixed together, the aloe vera gel turns white and super creamy. It is super soft, fresh, white and transparent. You only have to try it to experience this!

handmade aloe vera cream diy zero waste

What ingredients will you need?

  1. Cosmetic aloe vera gel: here is the trick. The aloe vera gel will serve as a base for the cream. If you use aloe vera gel from the actual leaf, it will not blend and will separate from the oils. This is because cosmetic aloe vera gel contains emulsifiers necessary to blend with the oils. Make sure that these components make up to only 1% of the aloe vera gel. 

    You can find this in a glass jar here, and this will last you several batches of cream as you need just a little for this recipe.

  2. One or two oils of your choice, depending on your skin type.

    Check the little table below for inspiration to learn more about oil properties and which one works best for you!

zero waste oil chart zero waste oil

How long will it take me?

less than 5 minutes. Not joking! 

aloe vera home made cream


Cream base
  • 2 tbsp Cosmetic aloe vera gel (about 40 grams)
  • up to 1 teaspoon of oil (about 4 grams)
  •  up to 5 drops lavender essential oil


1. Place the aloe vera gel into a bowl
2. Add the two chosen oils in a separate bowl and blend them
3. add the oil a little by little (about half of it) and firmly stir with a spatula to incorporate well. The gel will start turning creamy white.
4. Slowly incorporate the rest of the oil and keep stirring vigorously until you have obtained a light cream. The consistency should be between a "mascarpone" and a face serum You can of course swap the oils with any oil you want. You could however, experiment with less or more oil. If you add less oil, you will end up with a cream which is more jelly-like. If you add more oil, you will obtain a heavier cream perfect for drier areas.


Leaving this cream unscented will make it perfect for sensitive skin. If you are using an oil with a short shelf life (for example grapeseed or hemp seed oil, which have only 6 months shelf life) I recommend adding up to 1% Vitamin E oil. This will delay the oxidation of the oil and will prolong the overall cream shelf life.

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  • Hello! the base gel you recommend in the link is only 60mL, do you have a larger one to recommend? I would like to buy a big one so that i can keep it for a long time and create as i go. Thanks!

    Athina on
  • Hi Clo, thank you for your comment! this recipe is made with cosmetic aloe vera which means it’s a base already with the necessary preservative in it. No need to store it in the fridge. However since we are adding natural oils and essential oils to it which are free of preservatives, I recommend using it within 2 months! If you add Vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant, you can extend its shelf life a bit more. If you want to make a bigger batch simply double up but respect the proportions!

    Marta on
  • Hey, thank you for sharing this.
    Due to using cosmetic aloe Vera with oils and butters how long will it last for?
    Cosmetic aloe usually has preservatives so would I still need to store it in the fridge?

    Lastly if I wanted to make a bigger batch should I simply double the measurements?

    Thank you so much

    Clo on

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