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!
What ingredients will you need?
- 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.
- One or two oils of your choice, depending on your skin type.
Check the little table below for inspiration or come to my zero waste bathroom workshop to learn more about oil properties and which one works best for you!
How long will it take me?
less than 5 minutes. Not joking!
- 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.