All summer I used straight aloe vera gel as my face moisturizer. It is fabulous stuff. Aloe is so light and breathable, yet moisturizing at the same time. And the aloe faded a sun/age spot that I had near my eye.

With the arrival of some fall feeling weather in Pennsylvania, I needed a more intense moisturizer. Based on a recipe from Better Basics for the Home, that called for 1/2 cup aloe vera gel and 1/8 cup glycerin, I did a little experimenting. I came up with the perfect formula for my skin and for the current weather. One great thing about making your own products is that you can adjust them as needed. Another thing is this recipe is so cheap. People spend gobs of money on facial moisturizers.

Facial Moisturizer

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (drinkable kind)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 3 drops jojoba oil
  • 6 drops lavender oil

Place all ingredients in a small glass jar. Shake before each use. After washing your face while it is still damp, apply with your fingers. It will feel wet at first, but as it dries and absorbs, you will be left with silky soft skin.

You can adjust this formula to meet your skin needs. Use less glycerin if it makes your skin feel sticky. Use more glycerin to increase the moisturizing ability. You can eliminate or increase the jojoba oil or try a different oil (I like jojoba oil because it never goes rancid). You can also eliminate/change the lavender oil (I like lavender because it is antiseptic and antibacterial and it smells great).

Better Basics for the Home describes a similar recipe for homemade baby lotion. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup aloe vera gel and 1/2 tablespoon glycerin. So if you invest in buying aloe and glycerin – they have multiple uses.

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  1. Hey, love this idea. I also have an age spot/sun spot on my face and will try this. I started using some mineral makeup that’s all natural and am looking into skin care products as well. I have always had acne/skin issues/sensitive skin and I’m hoping more natural products will help. Can you tell me where to get the ingredients? I”m new to this. :) Have a great week.

  2. Hey Marci,
    You can purchase the ingredients in Lancaster at Savemart. The aloe is in the supplement section, the glycerin is in the moisturizing section, the jojoba oil and lavender oil are located in their natural beauty section. The glycerin isn’t labeled “vegetable glycerin” which is a concern for vegans so I had to order NOW Vegetable Glycerin from Savemart’s supplement department. For acne prone skin, I also recommend using a drop or two of tea tree oil. Let me know how it works.
    Kathy

  3. What an awesome idea! Thank you for the recipe.

  4. I have come across this page on http://www.lasscosmetics.com/beauty_tips_natural/aloe_vera_benefits.php
    which in my view is the most comprehensive and complete information on Aloe vera and its benefits.

  5. Thank-you for the post . Not a bad article . To clean your skin , I think that you may enjoy this posting on herbal solutions

    http://www.betweenclosefriends.com/2008/10/28/herbal-cosmetic-treatments-cleansers/

  6. paula quilts @ 2009-04-01 13:38

    Hey everyone – Its so important to choose chemical free and organic skin care. If you wont put chemicals in your food – why would you put them directly into your blood stream (through your skin)?

    I have been only using organic and chemical free skin products for a while now – and I even think their quality is so much better than the commercial stuff you find in CVS. Honestly – I think all those brands that are not chemical free harmed my skin all these years…since I switched to organic, I see a healthier face and fewer wrinkles around my eyes. Plus im always hydrated.

    I think the best organic face cream I have tried is the 3 Berry Face Serum, from the Made from Earth. The are a small skin care company that only has chemical free products and high concentrations of organic ingredients. I found them in a Whole Foods Store and tried out a bottle and I love it.

    Its thick enough to moisturize deeply, but my skin really just absorbs all of it once applied, so it doesn’t have that heavy feeling. There website is http://www.madefromearth.com. Definitely recommend it…the website says it contains real blueberries, raspberries and cranberries – I guess that makes the “3” in three berry serum….my skin looks super fresh after 1 month of using it. .
    paula quilts

  7. Hello, thank you so much for the recipe. Could you please clarify what you mean by “aloe vera gel (drinkable kind)”. I’m pretty sure that you aren’t referring to aloe vera juice, right? Thanks again.

  8. I am not referring to juice. I think juice would make this recipe too runny. I use “Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel – A Dietary Supplement.” I suggest the drinkable kind because it is more pure than the green aloe gel that stores sell among the sun products. Hope that helps. :)

  9. I started using the Made from Earth organic Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer since 2006.

    There are two specific reasons why I continue to use it. I am sensitive to most cosmetic product smells and perfumes – the Made from Earth moisturizer is hypoallergetic and chemical free. It is absorbed by the skin without leaving a residue, or greasy feeling. Some skin products (some very expensive ones)have left my face dried out even though labeled as “moisturizers”.

    Made from Earth Moisturizer has this wonderful ‘cool’ feeling to it. A $60.00 jar lasts 4 months – do the math. Some over the counter skin products cost over $20.00 and Made from Earth Moisturzer on the whole, are fiscally sound purchases for those looking for a bargain.

  10. This sounds wonderful! I’m definitely going to try making it. Once question – when looking at “Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel – A Dietary Supplement” at the store, I noticed that the gel should be refrigerated after opening. Do you refrigerate the moisturizer? Does this affect the amount you can make?
    Thanks for a great site!

  11. Julia, I do not refrigerate my moisturizer. I figure maybe the lavender works as a natural preservative. I keep it for about 2 months and it is fine. I do refrigerate the bottle of aloe after I open it though.

  12. I tried making this and mine is fairly clear and liquid looking. So far so good. I do not like the smell of lavendar so I used orange oil instead. I am having trouble finding small glass jars with lids. If you could make a suggestion that would be great!

  13. Elle – Yes, it should be clear. The consistency varies depending on how thick your aloe gel is. I purchase the little jars at Mountain Rose Herbs. I love the smell of sweet orange essential oil!

  14. Hi. If this is for day time use, can I add some sunblock lotion? I have a lot of dark spots. Can you give me an idea? I really want to make my own lotion. I also would love to add some rose water. Is it possible? God bless you!

  15. Ema,
    Many of the sunblocks that you buy in stores contain awful chemicals. If you can find a mineral block that uses titanium or zinc, they are pretty safe. Mixing in natural sunscreens would be okay. My dark spots faded from the aloe so hopefully after time, yours will fade too. Rose water smells good and would add some benefits to your mixture, but it would also make it pretty runny. I guess it depends on your preference. Good luck!
    Kathy
    For more info on sunscreens check out: http://www.ewg.org/cosmetics/report/sunscreen09/findyoursunscreen

  16. I grow aloe vera in my back yard, can i use that instead of buying the gel?

  17. Taylor – I think using fresh aloe would work well if you can extract enough gel from the leaves.

  18. Kim Karsha @ 2010-01-09 15:31

    Heard about the Made from Earth skincare products from one of my co-workers. Since the majority of us are big fans of organic products we tend to discuss them quite a bit.

    Received a sample of the “3 Berry Face Serum” and was extremely impressed! Ordered a full-sized container of this product 2 days later. My skin is pretty sensitive & is also dry.

    I did hesitate when I read the ingredients (on website after I’d tried the sample of this product) because I have had no allergic reaction at all. Have now been using this product at night for over a month & am extremely satisfied with the results & the product itself! Just 2 pumps of this product will cover my face & neck. It leaves my skin, moisturized without greasiness, soft, & seems to have even improved my skin tone/texture/clarity to a small degree.

  19. I use Lily of the Desert aloe gel, and I freeze it inbetween making the lotions. It holds up longer when frozen, just thaw when you want to draw some off.

  20. I also use any food/fruit/veggie I want for a facial. My favorite is Brown Cow plain nonfat yogurt with a mashed strawberry/blueberry/raspberry and a bit of honey. Let it dry( lick what you don’t use from the bowl), and rinse once dried on your face. All fruits contain acids, they will all help you exfoliate. And honey is the best humectant I’ve found so far.

  21. Maria McNiks @ 2010-01-23 19:41

    I was looking for a moisturizer at an affordable price that makes the promises that the more expensive ones do. I was kind of skeptical because there were no reviews for the Made from Earth Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer that I could find – but after reading the ingredients and description of the product, I ordered it.

    Only after 3 days of using the product at night on my face, I noticed the deep vertical lines above my lips, have already softened and look as if the lines have reduced significantly. The product leaves no oily or greasy feeling on the skin and absorbs quickly.

    I highly recommend the Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer (from Made from Earth) if you are looking to reduce fine lines on your face, and I am excited to try other products from this company.

  22. Nothing really compares to the homemade products as it is gently based form the tolerance of one’s skin. Thanks for the homemade products.

  23. Great recipe! I’ll certainly give this a try. A few questions if you don’t mind.

    1. How long does the recipe you created last? I see the proportions are much smaller than the original Better Basics recipe.
    2. Do you know if there is any problems with storing these homemade products in a small steel tin? I have some small powder tea tins I’d love to recycle.
    3. I once bought a natural moisturizer from a massage therapist in a nearby town. I loved it, but she doesn’t offer it online. I know the ingredients, but not the proportions and wondered if I could get your guess. It does have honey, so not exactly vegan, but any thoughts you would give would be greatly appreciated. Ingredients were: cold pressed coconut oil, cold pressed castor oil, raw honey, lavender oil.

    Great stuff on your blog – I’ll check back!

  24. Joanna,
    I now make a large batch and put it in a pump bottle. I use 8 tablespoons of aloe (1/2 cup), 2 ts glycerin, 14 drops jojoba oil, and 30 drops lavender. This size batch lasts me about 3 months using it once per day.

    I am not sure about steel tins. If they are air tight, it should be fine. I really like using a glass pump bottle.

    Given the ingredients in the natural moisturizer, you really cannot go wrong with guessing on amounts. I would melt the coconut oil, castor oil, and honey over very low heat. Once combined, remove from heat, cool a bit and add lavender. Maybe try a small batch: 2 TB coconut oil, 2 TB castor oil, 2 teaspoons honey, and 10 drops lavender. Just guessing, if you try it, let us know how it goes.

  25. Thanks for the great feedback Kathy!

  26. Kathy-
    I made my first batch of this moisturizer today and am so excited! But does it have to be kept in a glass jar? i purchased a plastic container without thinking. Also, is there anything I can add to specifically target anti aging?

  27. Alayna,
    I am happy to hear that you made this recipe. I do not use plastic containers for food or products, that is a personal choice. The moisturizer should be fine in a plastic container. I recently started using Avocado oil because it is supposed to keep your skin young. In the dry winter, I dip my finger in avocado oil once and dot it on my face and then apply this moisturizer over the oil. When I make my next batch, I am going to substitute avocado oil for the jojoba oil.
    Kathy

  28. Hi Kathy,
    Thank you for posting this recipe. It sounds wonderful. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for a substitute for the aloe vera gel? I had a weird reaction to the Lily of the Desert Aloe gel(my face turned beet red and burned like crazy)and now I’m not sure I should use it. I might try using a smaller amount.

    Thanks,
    Christy

  29. Christy – I am sorry that you had a reaction to the aloe. How awful! I have never heard of that, I wonder if you were allergic to the preservative they use (citric acid and potassium sorbate). Sorry I do not have any suggestions for a substitute, but saw on your other comment that you are using distilled water. That would make it less moisturizing, but the glycerin and oils may be enough to do the trick. Let us know how that goes. Thanks!

  30. How to extract the gel out of the fresh aloe vela plant?
    I planted two plants and they are ready to use.I am thinking of making the moisturizer.
    Thank you

  31. Angie – I am sorry, I do not know how to extract gel from the actual plant. Let us know if you find a good method. Thanks!

  32. what brand did you get for you aloe vera gel?

  33. any brand of jojoba oil or lavender oil will do right?? will this remedy cure dry patches on the skin? tried everything and nothin has worked and now im thinking of going all natural. this wont break me out right?

  34. Del, I use Lilly of the Desert aloe gel. Any brand of jojoba or lavender oil will work. I also like to use avocado oil in this recipe or apply it directly to extra dry patches. This recipe should not make you break out, but applying the oil directly could. Good luck! Let us know how it works for you. ~Kathy

  35. Hey Kathy,

    AWESOME recipe btw, going to be making this in the next day or two when I can actually get my hands on some fresh aloe leaves. Was wondering how to make it more into a cream rather than a liquid. Can you heat it to make it more creamy, or will that ruin the properties of this?

  36. You can always use an empty baby food jar. If you don’t have any young children, ask a friend or neighbor who has a baby.

  37. @DT I do not know how to make it into a cream. I use this as a very light moisturizer, mostly in the summer or under makeup. I don’t think heating the aloe will make it creamy, and it may lose some of its healing properties. For lotion I use this recipe: http://chetroy.com/healthyvegan/?p=555.

  38. Christina @ 2011-02-12 22:52

    I love Aloe & the health benefits are numerous.
    However….
    Glycerin, is a beast in the Natural Beauty world.

    “glycerin draws moisture from the lower layers of the skin and holds it on the surface, drying the skin from the inside out.”

    http://www.natural-health-information-centre.com/glycerin.html

  39. Christina, I could not find this documented anywhere based on scientific research. It seems this info is being spread on a lot of blogs. Also, since I am not applying just glycerin to my skin, I believe the glycerin will pull the aloe and jojoba oil into my skin. I have had great success using this recipe.

    See this article on the benefits and the sources they site at bottom of the article: http://www.livestrong.com/article/142906-skin-benefits-glycerin/

  40. Hi Kathy,

    I was wondering if you can substitute peppermint EO or lemongrass EO for the lavender EO. I don’t have any lavender oil on hand and wanted to make sure that it would be okay to use other EO’s since its going on the face.

  41. I am not sure that either of those EO are suited for your face. I think it would be better to make it without any EO. The lavender add a pleasant sent and some preservative qualities.

  42. how do I add an SPF? Do I use titanium dioxide, and if so, how much per batch, and where do you recommend buying it?

  43. I have experimented with making my own SPF lotion, and I was not successful. I am still on a mission to figure it out, and I will be sure to post when I do.

  44. hey great stuff thanks for passing this along. i made this at home when i was in a pinch but I used coconut oil instead of jojoba oil

  45. I have been making my own moisturizer recently by extracting gel from the aloe leaf and blending it with jojoba and rosewater but oddly- it starts to get a horrible and unpleasant odor after sitting in the glass jar for only a few days.. The aloe seems to be the culprit!

    Anyone have any experiences like this or any advice? Does the moisturizer need to be refigerated? or does the glass jar need to have an airtight seal to prevent spoilage? I’m frustrated b/c I like this moisturizer! Also the aloe leaf- (after I cut off a piece (like slicing off a cross section..) to extract the gel- the remaining aloe gel insie the leaf starts to go bad in the refrigerator by turning purple..? when it should I thought.. remain clear. Then it all doesnt seem worthwhile anymore! easier to buy a ready made one.
    any suggestions?! thanks in advance!
    signed
    smelly aloe victim!

  46. Stacey – I am sorry that I don’t have advice for you because I don’t use aloe plants. I only use store bought aloe gel. It lasts a year in the fridge, and my lotion lasts at 2-3 months after I combine the ingredients. I use Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel which does contain citric acid (pH Stabilizer) and Potassium Sorbate (mold inhibitor). Good luck and let us know if you come up with a solution.

  47. @Stacey Anything that contains water and does not contain preservatives will go bad if left out, often within just a few days. When you put edible ingredients in a wet environment, you essentially get a petri dish. If an ingredient can feed you (like Aloe), it can feed bacteria too.

    There are a few paraben-free cosmetic preservatives you can buy, but they still have ingredients I’m not crazy about. (Potassium sorbate is one of the least scary ones.)

    If you want to go 100% preservative-free, it’s best to make your products in small batches and store them in the refrigerator. It’s also a good idea to store them in a pump-bottle, so you don’t introduce bacteria from your hands every time you use them. (And be sure to sanitize the container and the pump every time you refill it!) And always throw out a product if it starts to smell off.

    If your skin doesn’t object to oils, another option is to use a formula with no water and no water-containing ingredients (like Aloe). A formula made only of oils isn’t very attractive to bacteria, so it doesn’t need a preservative, as long as you keep the containers and utensils sterile. (Oil-based formulas do need an antioxidant like Vitamin E to keep them from going rancid, though.) I switched from lotions to body butter just because it’s so much less work!

  48. Any problem with using lemon oil instead of lavender oil?

    I am so excited to try this been looking for a great face moisturizer..that will work, leave my skin feeling wonderful, not sticky, greasy etc…..

    Thanks!

  49. Lavender is just such a safe oil (except for cats) that I tend to stick with it. If you research the safety of applying a specific essential oil (like lemon oil) to your skin and it is okay, then it can be substituted in this recipe.

  50. Ok good advice Kathy, thank you very much for getting back to me! I am going to order my supplies this weekend!

  51. Try this: Homemade Lotion Recipe for Dry Skin
    With this recipe, you can make an excellent lotion for hands which have become dry, either due to the weather or any other reason. According to me, this is the best lotion for dry skin. Click to read on dry skin care .

    Ingredients

    * Almond Oil ¾ cup
    * Cocoa Butter 1/3 cup
    * Lanolin 1 teaspoon
    * Beeswax (grated) ½ oz
    * Rosewater 2/3 cup
    * Aloe Vera Gel 1/3 cup
    * Rose Oil 2 drops
    * Vitamin E Capsule 1

    Method

    * Melt almond oil, cocoa butter, lanolin and beeswax over low heat.
    * Let it cool to room temperature.
    * In a bowl, mix rosewater, aloe vera gel, rose oil and contents of the Vitamin E capsule.
    * Add the rosewater mixture to the almond oil mixture and whip together until the lotion resembles butter cream frosting.
    * Store in a covered container.
    Natural Homemade Cosmetics

  52. Not winter yet….or again LOL but what face moisturizer do you mix up then…and do you have a body lotion recipe?

  53. I use this recipe for my face in the winter and for my body year round.
    http://chetroy.com/healthyvegan/?p=555

  54. Thank you Kathy… :)

  55. wow – thank you so much for posting this moisturizer recipe – I’ve recently been aware of so many toxins in the creams we use and thought ‘Why don’t I just make my own? Then I Know the ingredients are natural.”

    thanks again!
    Chris

  56. Can you use the lily of the desert aloe gelly for this recipe?

  57. Jacqi – The ingredients of the gelly are as follows: 99.5% Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Carbomer 940, Vitamin A, C, and E. I am not a fan of extra ingredients. Carbomer 940 sounds a bit crazy; it is “a polyvinyl carboxy polymer used as a viscosity enhancer.” I think the gelly will work fine, but the gel may be a bit more natural.

  58. Mrs. Bee @ 2011-09-07 15:38

    All I can say is wow! I have extremely sensitive, acne-prone skin and have spent a great deal of time and money trying to find a moisturizer that keeps my skin moisturized while keeping my skin clear. After trying it for over a month now, I know this is it (minus the lavender oil as I’m not a fan of the smell)! Not only have I found a moisturizer that works for me and is all natural but this mixture costs about 1/4 of the majority creams/gels/serums I used in the past. Thanks a lot Kathy!

  59. Mrs. Bee – I am so happy to hear that the moisturizer is working well for you! Yay!

  60. veronica @ 2011-10-30 00:02

    Hi Kathy – Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. I have a few questions hope you could help me.
    1. I have oily and sensitive skin, do I need to reduce the amount of the glycerin?
    2. Could I use tea tree oil instead of lavender oil? Because I still have a bottle of it.
    3. Is there any brand of the lavender oil that you could please recommend? Do I need to get the organic one?
    4. By any chance, you have a recipe for the shampoo and conditioner, if not is there any recommendation?
    Thanks so much for your kindness.

  61. Hi Veronica,
    For oily skin, it may be necessary to reduce the glycerin and jojoba oil, especially during warmer months. Start by using half of the recommend amounts and see if your recipe provides enough moisture for you, if not, add more.

    Tea tree oil can be harsh. I use a drop or two in my face wash in the summer, but I would not put it in my moisturizer. People who are prone to acne may find it help in a very diluted amount. You actually do not need to add any essential oil to this recipe. It will work without the lavender oil. I like lavender because it is antiseptic and antibacterial and it smells great.

    I purchase most of my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs online. They have organic options. It does not need to be organic, but I like to use organic whenever possible.

    Shampoo and conditioner are very difficult to master. I have not found a recipe that works for me. Currently, I am using Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner.

    Good luck,
    Kathy

  62. veronica @ 2011-10-31 23:36

    Hi Kathy,
    Thanks so much for your prompt response and the advise. I am really appreciate.
    Best wishes,
    veronica

  63. Hello there!

    We recently discovered your blog, and we love your whole concept. We are a brand new magazine, aimed at the vegetarian and vegan market, and we are looking for a writer who would write about skin care and food recipes for this market, It is not paid at this time, however you are able to have a link to your blog.

    It would be lovely to hear from you.

    Kindest Regards
    FFM

  64. Thanks for the interest. I am a busy teacher, and I don’t have spare time to write. Good luck with your new magazine.

  65. Just found your blog and I’m really excited to make the moisturizer. Is there anything I should add for mature skin? Also, someone mentioned dry patches. Is this good for eczema too?

  66. Leanne,
    This is a very mild, general moisturizer and seems to work well for a lot of skin types with small adjustments. I would guess that increasing the oil and glycerin slightly would be good for both mature skin and eczema, but I am not positive about that. Good luck!
    Kathy

  67. I made this over the weekend and am really enjoying it. I live in Canada and found most of the ingredients at Planet Organic for pretty cheap. I did decide to use the avocado oil and no essential oil due to scent issues.

    Do you put it in the fridge? I tried to but the oil became hard so took it out and hoping it doesn’t go bad?

    SB

  68. Make little batches and keep it out of the fridge. Lavender oil works as a mild preservative for at least one month. Not sure how long it keeps without it though.

  69. Great post! I did a whole blog series about the dangerous in various cosmetics and beauty products. I just got an aromatherapy kit and now I make my own!

  70. [...] Face Moisturizer [...]

  71. veronica @ 2012-02-21 00:32

    Hi Kathy,

    How are you? Thanks so much for your advise, I have been using the modify recipe for my oily skin, and it works so great. Wrinkle around my eyes improved, and faded sun spot near my eyes. Also, it saves me lots of money to buy vegan lotion from wholefood which is not as effective as this one. It is very easy to make, I use a small baby food prune jar, so I could reuse the jar.

    I have one question, and hope you would help me with. I like to use soap to wash my face, my face is very oily. I found a natural hand made soap which is just olive oil, laurel oil, lye, water, and salt. Do you think it is good to use on skin. Because I am not sure if lye is safe to use on skin. Or do you know any brand of the natural soap that I could use?

    Thanks so much for your great help!

    Warmest regards,
    veronica

  72. Hi Veronica – I am so glad to here that the modified recipe is working well for you. I believe that people need to use lye to make soap and after the chemical reaction, the lye is not present in the soap. I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid in my my face soap recipe (http://chetroy.com/healthyvegan/?p=376), and I am very happy with it. The soap you are using is probably fine too. ~Kathy

  73. veronica @ 2012-03-02 23:59

    Hi Kathy,
    Thanks so much again for the recipe. I would love to try this homemade face soap. And I will go to Bath and Body Works to buy the pump bottle. Thanks a lot.
    Best wishes.
    veronica

  74. Veronica – you are very welcome. Maybe you can find a friend that already has a pump bottle? When I first started, I ask a few people, now I have more than I will ever use. I would not want to use the B&B soap myself. It feels good to reuse something that someone else would just toss in the trash. Just a thought. Hope you like the soap. :)

  75. Hi all,
    I’ve recently been training in aromatherapy and would just like to add a few thoughts: For mature skin rose essential oil is very good. You can use rosa mosqueta to reduce scarring. Lavender is good for balancing combination skin and also for healing, so will be good for sore acne. Avoid citrus oils on the face because they cause photosensitivity, i.e. you may burn in the sun. However, lots of oils should not be used on the skin before going in the sun, rosa mosqueta included. Also, it is much better to spend a tiny bit more on essential oils to ensure quality. Cheap oils won’t be as effective and are extracted in a less than optimum way, so try to find a company who talk about the high grade quality or go for professional quality oils. They might sound like a fair bit more money but they will last you a year or so. Remember they are concentrated so use no more than a few little drops total in a teaspoon of carrier oil. Adding more will not make it better for you, and end up costing you more.
    One more point, this time about oily skin… If you use soap to wash your face to dry out the oil, you will encourage your skin to overcompensate and produce more sebum, perpetuating the cycle. One trick is to fight like with like: I had oily skin and began to wash with just water. I now use a natural cleanser cream and rinse off in the shower. I then use a no nonsense method of toning too… straight from the shower I pat face dry and spray toner using an atomizer – no wasted cotton wool pads! Then I use a natural essential oil blend or oil based moisturizer and no longer have problems with over oily skin. It’s smooth and clear without clogged pores as the cleanser and the oil keeps the pores cleaned out. Diluting the grease if you like. Just make sure you use an oil that does not leave a greasy residue and one that absorbs easily.

    I hope you have found this useful. I love the blog, and thanks for the recipe!

    Selena
    Wales, United Kingdom

  76. I have alot of sun damamge. Do you recommend adding anything to this moisturizer to help lighten it.

  77. It has been my experience that the aloe helps to lighten sun damage on its own. Maybe other readers can offer further suggestions??

  78. I love how simple this is but I have a couple of questions. I know it needs gel and not juice but I can’t find edible gel anywhere in England, there’s a 99.9% aloe gel in my local shop only two other ingredients which I assume are stabilisers or a preservative, would this be ok? It wasn’t a paraben preservative anyway.
    Also does lavender oil mean lavender essential oil? Thanks!

  79. Hi Fern, I am sure the 99.9% aloe gel will work. I just like the purity of the drinkable kind. And yes, the lavender oil is essential oil. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

  80. I have used aloe vera many times without any reaction. Yesterday two of us we tried Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly and we both had allergic reactions – bright red skin. I thought I would share that in case any other of your readers are thinking of using it.

    Have you heard of any additives like the polysaccahride-rich Aloesorb that could be causing that?

  81. Elen – That is very strange. I am sorry that you had a reaction; I have not heard of that. I use the Lily Aloe because I thought it was the most pure that you could buy. Hmm. I hope you can find another brand that will work for you.

  82. [...] Aloe and essential oil face lotion – This is my favorite DIY product and I now use this lotion on my face everyday before bed. I’m still tweaking the ratios that I like best, but something like 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel (the kind you can drink), 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, 1/4 teaspoon body oil (I use grapeseed, but do some research and see what you might like best based on your skin type), and 6 drops of essential oil (I use sandalwood, but there are so many other options). I first found this recipe here. [...]

  83. [...] routine, here’s a recipe for a simple face moisturizer that was originally posted on the Health Vegan blog. I like this moisturizer because it that can be easily tailored to your skin and it’s [...]

  84. I’m going to make this today,I have all the ingredients I need. Thank you so much for sharing.

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