Finding the best nourishing and hydrating body cream can be challenging when you are looking for high quality natural products. Especially when you suffer from dry, cracked, or eczema prone skin. I have always raved about the benefits of aloe vera for natural skincare but it never crossed my mind to turn it into a soothing, buttery body cream. This combination of ingredients makes for the perfect cream for the dry, winter months. I used the purest pre-bottled USDA Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel for skin, hair, DIY products, etc. This way I could cut down the time and hassle it would take to cut up and blend an aloe vera plant and still have the confidence of knowing that my product is free from toxins. However, you are more than welcomed to cut up an aloe vera plant and use it for this recipe.
Why Aloe Vera Gel?
Aloe vera gel is known for it's healing properties for wombs, skin irritation, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and more. It is widely used for it's anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe, hydrate, and reduce cracked, itchy skin from developing or getting worse. It is all natural and safe for most skin types. To be on the safe side, it is always best to spot test to make sure there is no allergic reaction before using aloe vera
Instructions: How to Make Aloe Vera Body Cream
I decided to make this super hydrating body cream two ways. One super thick and lush and the other smooth and creamy. With the addition of more coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and water; you can turn your thick body cream into a thicker, lotion-like consistency. However, the base is the same so I will go over that first.
Base of Aloe Vera Body Cream
To simplify a cream, you only need the water phase and oil phase. Which could consist of only water, oil, and an emulsifying wax. But, what is the fun in that? Enhance your body cream by adding beneficial ingredients such as exotic butters, like mango butter, for your oil phase; and/or by substituting plain water for aloe vera gel for your water phase.
Also, the emulsifying wax is imperative. Even if you get your water and oil phases to emulsify without one, there is a high chance that your cream will destabilize and break down again. After all, water and oil do not mix. I use the help of behentrimonium methosulfate, BTMS-50, to get my emulsions stabilized and it has not failed me yet. There are other emulsifying waxes as well but the conditioning and plant base properties of BTMS-50 is the game changer for me.
Ingredients | Measurements
Organic Aloe Vera Gel | Approx. 4 oz Thick Mix | 7 oz Creamy Mix
Vegetable Glycerin | 2 tsp.
Pure Mango Butter | 1.0 oz
Organic Beeswax | 1.0 oz Thick Mix | 0.5 oz Creamy Mix
BTMS-50 (Emulsifying Wax) | 1.0 oz
Organic Face and Body Oil | 1.0 oz
Organic Coconut Oil | 1 tsp. for Thick Mix | 1/2 cup for Creamy Mix
Cool Down Phase
3 to 5 drops of Vitamin E
5 to 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
0.056 oz Liquid Germall Plus (Preservative)
⚠️If you choose not to use a preservative, make sure to refrigerate your handmade products
For this creation, my water phase consisted of pre-bottle USDA certified organic aloe vera gel and glycerin. For the oil phase, I used a combination of unique body butters, emulsifying wax, oils, etc. (See ingredient list above). Regardless of your ingredients, the emulsification of the water and oil phases is the most important part of any true cream. Making sure that your water and oil phases are similar in temperature before mixing together can determine whether your cream is successful or a slimy mess.
I wanted to preserve the amazing qualities of the aloe vera gel and limit it's exposure to heat, so I decided to melt my oil phase and then bring it back to room temperature to mix with the water phase.
Let your melted oil phase sit out for about 10 minutes to cool down to room temperature. You do not want it to completely solidify, so make sure to keep an eye on it. It does not have to be a perfect match, but make sure the temperatures are similar before mixing together.
Slowly add the water phase to the oil phase while delivering short burst from the immersion blender. The immersion blender works to create perfect emulsions and lessen the chances of your mixture destabilizing. If you do not have an immersion blender, you may use a mixture or spatula but the emulsifying process may take longer.
As you mix, your cream will thicken and start to form. This is basically it. You have created a simple, hydrating aloe vera cream. Of course to enhance it more, you can add essential oils, vitamin e, and of course a preservative. Anytime water is added to a creation in anyway, a preservative must be present to prevent mold or other nasty bacteria from growing in your product. There are some many preservatives to choose from and even some natural ones than what I used. (Check ingredient list above).
*If you choose to not use a preservative, please refrigerate your products. Before each use, check for color or odor change. Throwout the mixture if you have any suspensions.
Other than that, you are all set and ready to package your thick, creamy product. Easy right?