How to make Aloe Vera Gel (from aloe juice)

Not everybody is so lucky to have a plant of Aloe Vera.
Personally I have one but my heart doesn’t let me chop off a leg or an arm from it. πŸ˜€
Nevertheless when you buy “Aloe vera Gel” usually it is maximum 95% made of Aloe vera, remaining 5% (and this is not a little amount!!!) are other things.
So here is a recipe to make 99% Aloe vera gel where the remaining 1% is composed of Xanthan Gum (natural gelling substance) and preservative.

Preservative is an important step. I know many people who want to do “natural cosmetics” don’t want to use preservatives, but preservative doesn’t necessarily mean “bad”. There are many kinds of preservatives right now; you can choose a paraben free and 100% biodegradable (like the Cosgard which i am using).
The importance of preservatives is that they don’t permit the growth of bacteria inside our water-based cream/gel. If you really don’t want to use a preservative then you should save your gel or cream in the fridge and use it up in maximum one week time.

Recipe:
99 Β  gr – 100% Aloe Vera Juice
0.6 gr – Xanthan Gum
0.6 gr Cosgard (I know this doesn’t make 100 grams but 100.2 grams πŸ˜€ I can count too, but some preservatives need to be added in smaller amount and anyway 100.2 gr in a bottle of 100 ml doesn’t make a big difference πŸ˜€ that’s all)

49 thoughts on “How to make Aloe Vera Gel (from aloe juice)”

    1. I was starting from an aloe vera juice with pieces of aloe vera inside… so I filtered it in order to get only the juice out and make a smooth gel.
      If your juice doesn’t have pieces of aloe vera inside… of course there’s no need for this step πŸ˜‰

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  2. Can I use “Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera Juice With 99.8% Aloe” and use your recipe to turn into a gel?.

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    1. you mean if you can put 1 gram in 99 grams of water, in order to have double the “power”?
      You COULD, the problem is that sometimes it doesn’t melt well enough and it can create problems.
      Also, even if you were to use this powder in a very small amount of water (let’s say 1 gram of powder in 10 grams of water) it wouldn’t still do any magic πŸ˜€
      So it is up to you I guess πŸ™‚

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    1. it would be quite safe if you, of course, add a preservative.
      This said, it is an issue whenever you add some kind of powder or even just herbal extract to any cosmetic: the risk microbes will grow more is real (because the environment is better for them as it is for us) πŸ™‚
      But still, since you wouldn’t get any special result at using aloe even 5 times as suggested… I wouldn’t suggest you to exceed with it πŸ™‚
      but you can obviously make your experiments and choose by yourself πŸ™‚

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    1. You could but you wouldn’t get what you want to get: the two ingredients are not very compatible, in fact the aloe vera pH doesn’t match with the pH of sodium hyaluronate. This leads to a much less firm gel (and less effective).

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    1. Hello Priya! πŸ™‚
      You can, but what will be the “sanitizing” ingredient? Because I am afraid it might denaturate aloe or make the gel collapse.
      But sure you can experiment with this recipe πŸ˜€ it is not “mine” πŸ™‚
      btw, Priya, I might be wrong but you sound Indian. I am in India at the moment and I would like to know if you have any place where to buy cosmetic ingredients in India? Any website?
      I know I could import, but I am afraid of duties!

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      1. Well, I would like to use denatured alcohol in the hand sanitizer, its just an experiment for my college project!
        I am an Indian, but am so sorry to say that I don’t know of any such place..

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      2. Denaturated alcohol might make the gel collapse. But just try. Maybe you will have to rise the amount of xanthan gum or maybe you could change the gelling agent (if it doesn’t stabilize with xanthan gum).
        πŸ™‚

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      3. There are many ‘carbopol’ ingredients. Many new ones nowadays claim that they are improved and more stable than before, but usually carbopols are not that stable and their gel collapses very easily.
        You should just make many experiments and try different ingredients until you reach the consistency you are expecting πŸ™‚
        Change gelling agents and find the right one πŸ™‚

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  3. Hello. Thanks for your helpful posts. Im wondering if i use sodium carbormer – do u use it before? When i put into water it didnt disperse. I dont have carbopol utrez 21 here so i could only use sodium carbomer. Can you help me out? How to completely disperse it in the water? Thanks alot. Any answer will be greatly appreciate.
    Thanks,
    Allie

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    1. I have never used sodium carbomer as nobody sells it here.
      Can you please explain better how you added it to the water?
      Had you already added the aloe?
      Because aloe is quite acidic and sodium carbomer doesn’t seem to agree with it so it would be better to let the carbomer hydrate in a portion of water, then add aloe powder (or did you use juice?) to the remaining water and mix them together only after the sodium carbomer has hydrated.
      It sounds a bit weird only cause this type of carbomer should hydrate quite easily compared to utrez 21! πŸ™‚ or at least this is what a website selling it says!

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  4. I made this today using commercial aloe vera juice meant for human consumption. I didn’t use a preservative because it already had it. Hope that works! I also added a 400 IU capsule of vitamin E, a few drops of jojoba oil, and a few drops of essential oils. Mixed the whole thing up with a stick blender. Came out great! Thanks for posting!

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    1. Aloe vera juice meant for drinking doesn’t have a preservative that allows it to be stored out of the fridge for any long time at all: once the bottle is open, you should store it in the fridge and drink it in a few days.
      So you should definitely add a preservative.
      The oils you have added (vitamin E, jojoba oil and the essential oil) might resurface in a few hours because there is no emulsifier but that’s not a big problem.

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      1. Thanks for the additional information. I called the company and they said their aloe vera juice is good for 5-6 months in the fridge once opened. So I make a batch, put enough for a few days in a dispenser and keep the rest refrigerated. Haven’t had any problem with the oils separating. I guess with the small amounts of oils I’m using, the xantham gum is enough of an emulsifier.

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      2. The xanthan gum is not an emulsifier, but it might just keep the particles of oils suspended in the gel for long enough that they don’t resurface before you finish the gel. πŸ™‚
        Yes, make a small small batch as often as you need πŸ™‚

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      1. I dont remember. It was long ago. I am on holiday right now and can’t precisely remember the preservative ingredients right now. I hope I remember to reply in a week, when I am back.
        If I forget, please write me again and I’ll be happy to reply!
        Sorry, but I kinda know my memory πŸ˜€

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  5. What other and natural preservatives you can use(besides Cosgard)?
    E.g.what essential oils you coul recommend?

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    1. The ones I have added in the last posts! I am not home right now so it is difficult for me to check on the phone. Anyway it is a combo of two ingredients πŸ™‚ please check the last formulas I have made! πŸ™‚

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  6. Can we add sodium benzoate instead of Cosgard ? What will be the Shelf life of this 1 litre Aloe Vera gel?

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  7. Would colloidal silver work instead of the Cosgard if you use the freeze dried Aloe Vera powder and the colloidal silver as the β€œwater”? Colloidal silver kills bacteria, is natural and is good for inside you or out. I’m not sure how it works with shelf life. I know the colloidal silver has to be in glass jars/bottles that are dark – not clear and it will last for many months. Also it should NOT be refrigerated or in heat. The manufacturer of my equipment says it should be at β€œroom temperature” I just started working with the Aloe Vera so I don’t know what type of environmental constraints it has. I test everything on myself since I am a diabetic and a celiac/ gluten intolerant person.

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    1. Hello Mary,
      Sorry but colloidal silver cannot be used as a preservative of cosmetics.
      Actually even Cosgard doesn’t seem to be the best option since Aloe vera is very difficult to preserve.
      It needs a powerful cosmetic preservative, which aren’t just going to kill bacteria (gram positive AND negative), but also mold, fungus, and so on. Preserving a cosmetic is much more complicated than I ever imagined πŸ™‚

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  8. Hi!

    Can I make this without the preservative? If so, how long will it last? Hoping for a quick response as I’m hoping to make this today!

    Thanks,
    Anya

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    1. To say how long it will last you need to get it tested. I cannot say, cause there are also so many variables: the purity of the water you use, cleanliness of the surfaces and so on and so forth. I wouldn’t keep it longer than a couple of days in the fridge like food items.

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  9. How about the shelf life?
    Can we keep this recipe in the room temperature for 6 months?
    Please tell what are the preservatives able to add this recipe and measurements ?
    Plz reply

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    1. The only way to know the shelf life is by testing the product. There is NO preserving system that works in the wat “add this to 1% and the product will be ok for 6 months”.
      As a rule of thumb I’d say 6 months are a long time.
      Aloe is known to be difficult to preserve because it is organic so my suggestion is:
      Use very clean and possibly sanitized tools to make this and make a small batch that will last you a very short time (couple of weeks).
      Anyway it is so easy to make that you can quickly make it again πŸ˜‰

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