Homemade Aloe Vera Day Cream & Night Cream

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Aloe vera is my all-time favourite product when it comes to skin and hair care routine. (That’s one thing Cleopatra and I have in common! :))

I try to involve it in as many products as possible. And it has never disappointed me and it actually does what it says.

As we all can see today, the cosmetic industry is going all gaga about the uses of aloe vera gel and its benefits but most of these companies fool us by displaying an aloe vera picture on it and labelling it as an organic/natural product! (They mix several chemicals and preservatives)

Have you ever checked and tried to google the contents these market-based creams have?

If not, then it’s important you know!

Whatever we apply to our skin is as important as whatever we eat or drink.

The harmful chemicals get absorbed into our skin and enter our body cells.

Don’t you think we should be more aware of what we are treating our skin with?

In this article, I will be showing you a simple alternative method to make harmful chemical-free products at home.

I have always tried to look for organic alternatives to everything and try to find out a solution and share with you all.

Learn how to make your own cosmetics at home with all the natural ingredients.

How you can easily make your own day and night face creams at home using aloe vera gel?

I am using freshly extracted aloe vera gel but if you don’t have it then you can also use any aloe vera gel you have. (*Just make sure to go through their contents first!)

First, let’s discuss the ingredients we are going to use in these face creams.

We will be needing these 6 main things;

  1. Oil part (20-35%)
  2. Water part (40-60%)
  3. Emulsifier (6-9%)
  4. Thickener (0-2%)
  5. Fragrance (0.5-1%)
  6. Preservative (0.1-0.5%)

1. Oil part

In the oil part, you can use oils and also include butter (not the one you eat, of course!).

For day cream, we need something light, which can easily be absorbed into the skin and less greasy.

For example,
Jojoba oil
Rosehip seed oil
Tamanu oil
Evening primrose oil
Argan oil
Apricot kernel oil

I am using Jojoba oil in this batch.

Jojoba oil:

It is rich in vitamin E and B-complex, and minerals such as copper, zinc, chromium which deeply moisturizes and protects our skin.

It is full of antioxidants which repairs our skin and protects from harmful free radicals.

Jojoba oil is very similar to human skin’s natural oils which balance our oil production and prevents extra oil production.

Jojoba oil increases skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Also, it has anti-ageing properties which prevent the premature fine lines and keeps our skin well hydrated and supple.

Jojoba oil is very light textured and deeply hydrating oil making it an ideal choice for the day cream.

While in the night cream we need more dense oils which can deeply moisturise our skin when we are asleep.

Such as:

Coconut oil
Almond oil
Castor oil
Avocado oil
Rosehip seed oil
Moringa oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Neem oil

I am using sweet Almond oil and Rosehip seed oil in this batch.

Sweet Almond oil

Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamin A & E. Both are considered skin vitamins which help to revive the natural glow and completion of our skin as well as deeply nurture our skin.

Vitamin A promotes skin’s new cell generation and prevents the fine lines.

Vitamin E repairs our skin cells and reverses the damage caused by harmful UV rays.

The antioxidants present in almond oil protects our skin from free radicals.

Omega-3 fatty acids of almond oil prevent premature ageing of the skin.

Sweet almond oil is rich in minerals such as zinc, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, proteins and essential fatty acids.

Almond oil is dense and mostly remains on the surface of our skin which retains the moisture in our skin and prevents the loss of natural moisture and extra oil production.

Almond oil is extremely moisturising and treats dry skin.

Rosehip seed oil

It is rich in fatty acids which provides moisture to our skin and keeps it supple and soft.

This is my personal favourite oil out of all. It has actually done wonders to my skin.

It is full of vitamin A and C which are the essential vitamins to maintain healthy and beautiful skin.

Regular use of this oil treats signs of ageing, pigmentation and keeps our skin well hydrated and damage-free.

The rosehip seed oil also has astringent properties which tighten our pores and solves the large pores issues.

If you wish you can also add hydrating butter such as shea butter or cocoa butter in your night cream.

2. Water part

In the water part, we can use aloe vera gel, herb-infused teas, hydrosols, herbal decoctions and plain distilled water too.

To make the cream more hydrating and moisturizing in my both the creams (Day & Night) I have added aloe vera gel as the water parts.

For day cream I have used aloe vera gel + vitamin C and for night cream I have taken aloe vera gel + vitamin E.

3. Emulsifier

It is a very important component in any cosmetic as it binds the water part and oil part together and forms our cream.

There are many kinds of emulsifiers available in the market such as:

Emulsifying wax (Pallets, flakes, buttery form,etc.)
Emulsifying gel (oil in water and water in oil)
Beeswax

I always rely on beeswax as it is derived from bees web and it is in its natural form. Still, do check the brand which provides original and undiluted beeswax.

I have grated it from the beeswax pallet.

4. Thickener

This is an optional ingredient but to get a perfect consistency and more smooth texture a thickener is necessary.

Generally, I use stearic acid as a thickening agent. (*Like emulsifiers there are many options in thickeners too.)

But in these creams, I have tried to use the ingredients which are easily available and in completely natural form.

For day cream I am using arrowroot powder as a thickener. It dissolves easily and gives a whitening effect to our cream. You can alter it with cornflour too.

For night cream I am using turmeric powder as a thickener. Make sure to use only a pinch of turmeric powder as it will leave a strong tint on your skin, fabric, etc.

Turmeric powder has antiseptic properties and it is known for its use to naturally brighten the skin complexion. And what better time to use it than at night? It protects and repairs our skin overnight. The next morning you wake up with fresh, glowing and healthy skin.

5. Fragrance:

As a fragrance, I always opt for essential oils. They are the safest option for fragrance plus they provide all the added benefits.

For my day cream, I am using sandalwood essential oil for its cooling properties. Also, it soothes inflamed and burnt skin. Sandalwood also brightens our skin complexion.

You can alter it with other cooling and refreshing essential oils such as:

Peppermint essential oil
Fennel seeds essential oil
Tangerine essential oil
Lemon essential oil
Or
Orange essential oil

For my night cream, I am using tea tree essential oil because of its antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

It protects my skin from pimples and other skin infections or accumulation of germs on my skin overnight and repairs the existing breakouts.

You can alter it with lavender essential oil too if tea tree essential oil is harsh for your skin.

Other options are;
Cinnamon essential oil
Clove essential oil
marigold / calendula essential oil
Frankincense essential oil
Or
German chamomile essential oil

6. Preservatives

Preservatives are necessary if you are making a huge batch and not going to store in the refrigerator.

Because we have added water into our creams and water is the base for the formation of microorganisms, it is necessary to add preservatives to safeguard our cream for a longer time.

There are a wide range of preservatives available in the market but if you are looking for a long-lasting one then search for a preservative which covers a wide range of microorganisms and is less harmful.

Because I don’t want to add any nasty preservatives in my daily creams, I am making small batches which hardly last for 15 to 20 days.

Plus, to safeguard these creams for that much of a period I am adding grapefruit seed extracts. It is said to act as a natural preservative and can preserve our product for a month of 2-3 months. (I am doing an experiment, let me check for how many days my batches can last)

Ok, so we have decided on all the products which we are going to use in these creams. Now, let’s start making?

Method – How To Make Aloe Vera Day Cream?

Day cream

Take 1 tsp beeswax and 1 tbsp jojoba oil in a glass bowl and melt them by double boiler method.

Once completely melted, put off the heat and keep this mixture aside until it cools down a bit.

Add, ¼ tsp of arrowroot powder and mix in this melted oil part until completely dissolved.

Meanwhile, prepare your water batch by adding ⅛ tsp of vitamin C into 1 tbsp of freshly extracted aloe vera gel.

Now slowly add aloe Vera gel to this oil mixture and keep on stirring continuously.

Stir until the consistency becomes creamy and there are no lumps left.

In the end,

Add 10 to 12 drops of sandalwood essential oil

And 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil.

Stir well.

Now keep it aside to let it harden.

Keep on stirring in between.

Now, fill it in an empty container once the consistency becomes like a cream.

And our Day cream is ready to use!

This cream is very light on the skin and is extremely moisturizing.

Night cream

Take 1 tsp beeswax and 1 tbsp almond oil in a glass bowl and melt them by double boiler method.

Once completely melted, put off the heat and keep this mixture aside until it cools down a bit.

Add, ⅛ tsp (Or a pinch of) turmeric powder and mix in this melted oil part until completely dissolved.

Do note that if the water part and oil part have different temperatures then they won’t mix properly. Also, if you haven’t added the water part yet and the oil part starts solidifying, then too they won’t mix properly.

In such cases, you can reheat it using the double boiler method. But just make sure you do this step before adding essential oil and preservatives.

Meanwhile, prepare your water batch by adding 4 to 5 drops of vitamin E into 1 tbsp of freshly extracted aloe vera gel.

Now slowly add aloe vera gel to this oil mixture and keep on stirring continuously.

Stir until the consistency becomes creamy and there are no lumps left.

In the end,

Add 10 to 12 drops of tea tree essential oil, 4 to 5 drops of rosehip seed oil and 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil.

Stir well.

Now keep it aside to let it harden. Once it becomes solid stir it vigorously and mixes well. Repeat this procedure on every half an hour interval until you get a cream-like consistency. Mine took almost 2 hours.

Now, Fill it in an empty container once the consistency becomes like a cream.

And our Night cream is ready to use!

Try making your batches and send me photos on my Instagram and Facebook pages on Instagram and Facebook.

You can also ask me any questions regarding this in the comments below.

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My name is Kruti and I'm the author/owner of OPT FOR ORGANIC. I am an architect and a model by profession. Learning how to follow an organic and natural lifestyle helped me solve a lot of my problems in life. It also allowed me to follow my passion, start my own business, and live a healthy life.

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