Zero Waste Beauty: 4 types of Aloe Vera Cream Recipes

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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!

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Cosmetic aloe vera gel

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.

The ratio we will use is 2 tbsp Cosmetic aloe vera gel (about 50 grams) for 1 teaspoon of oil (about 4 grams). If you want a dryer feel, use half teaspoon only (2 grams). 

Essential oils are optional, you can use up to 5 drops for 50 grams gel. If you are using it on the face, limit the essential oils to 1-2 drops. Avoid using essential oils if you have sensitive skin.

To make a Moisturising Cream

Add 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! 

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To make a make up remover cream

Simply swap your oil content with castor oil. Castor oil is super cleansing so it is perfect to remove make-up. It is also low on comedogenic scale (0!) which means it will not clog your pores. Don't use too much as otherwise it could be drying to the skin. Avoid using essential oils.

Ratio: 1 teaspoon of castor oil to 50 grams aloe vera gel

To make a overnight cream

Swap your oil content with castor oil. Castor oil is super cleansing so it is perfect to remove make-up. It is also low on comedogenic scale (0!) which means it will not clog your pores. Don't use too much as otherwise it could be drying to the skin.

Ratio: 2 teaspoons of melted shea butter to 50 grams aloe vera gel
For a cooling and relaxing effect, add 1 drop of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of rose geranium essential oil.

How long will it take me?

less than 5 minutes. Not joking! 


    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.
    Use this cream within 2 months from making it.

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    • Hi Isobel, thank you for the comment. You can add a couple of drops of recipe of vitamin E or grapefruit seed extract, which are awesome anti-oxidants. For the body cream, I think the best is my Shea butter and aloe vera cream. Nothing beats shea butter in terms of hydration. I hope this helps!

      Marta on
    • Thank you for the tutorials. They really are super easy. I wanted to ask if there was an oil or extra ingredient that would make the cream suitable for a mature skin to aid from preventing and assisting wrinkles like a natural collagen etc?
      I also wanted to make a body cream for dry skin. I have been using beeswax after washing with goats milk bars but my skin is getting quite dry.
      Many thanks

      Isobel on
    • 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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