How to make Aloe Vera Gel at Home

by Surabhi S on July 25, 2012 · 54 comments

How to make ready-to-use Aloe Vera gel at home

Hello ladies,

I am sure many of you would love me for writing this post for you. And at the very beginning of the tutorial, I say thanks to all of you for your adulation. :)

The main reason I am coming up with DIYs (please note: my DIYs are the ones that work like ready made, ready to use products) is that I really want us, all of us, or atleast most of us, to move towards natural therapy. This has manifold benefits. One it leads to entrepreneurship that in turn eradicates unemployment, inflation and helps in improving Indian economy. Second, it makes our beauty industry regularized. And many more.

natural aloe vera gel

Okay, taking you away from economics and bringing you to the home made gel. We all are aware of the amazing beauty benefits of this wonder plant. I have been using Aloe Vera for sometime and then lately I decided to make a gel for myself that was also ready to use and could be stored.

This is super easy to make, very inexpensive and far better for skin than the many gels available in the market. Lets see how we can make it.
Ingredients:
Aloe vera plant, Vit. C powder, Vit. E capsule, Essential oil (optional)

Preparatory Steps:
1. Collect a few stems of Aloe Vera plant. I would say one long stem of two small stems are more than sufficient

home made aloe vera gel

2. If you have ascorbic acid powder, well and good. If not, grind vit C tablet and make it in powder form. I didn’t get abscorbic acid here so I went ahead with vit C tablet.

homemade aloe vera gel
3. One or two vit E capsules depending on the quantity of the gel and also depends on how much vit E you can tolerate. I have a major problem with vit E capsule’s smell , so I kept it just to one.

4. Any essential oil. This is optional. I didn’t have essential oil so I went ahead with Aroma magic beauty oil

How to make:
1. Peel out the stem and take out the gel from the stem. Collect it in a blender.

how to make aloe vera at home
2. Collect vit C powder and add it to the blender
3. Cut vit E capsule tip and add it to the blender as well
4. If you wish, add a few drops of essential oil in the blender

home made aloe vera gel

5. Blend it well.
6. Pour in a cute tub or jar and store in refrigerator.
7. This would come easily for months.

fresh aloe vera gel

Few notes:

  •  I did good research on natural preservative and came to know that vit C and vit E are good natural preservatives. I have seen it myself as my body scrub is more than a month old and works very well even though I don’t store in fridge anymore.
  •  The final product would be a little liquid/fluid in nature. It may not be in the gel form as it is available in the markets. I think the reason for this is that either they add something to it or they drain its water.
  •  If you want it to be in solid form, do this – before taking out the pulp of Aloe Vera, hang it vertically. This way its water/fluid will drain out and you will get more gel like consistency.
  •  I didn’t do the drain part as I didn’t mind a liquid gel and also because I was not sure of its properties if I drained out the water.
  •  Some of you may find it difficult to blend it. I found it so tough to make a gel from the pulp. My Morphy Richards’ blender could not break it properly in gel so I did it manually.
  • My gel is in orange color because like I said before I broke down chewable tablets and that was only for the purpose of preserving it naturally.

I hope you find it crazily easy to make and you try it out today itself!

I have been using it for more than a week and each time I apply it on my face, I fall in love with my creativity. :)

And last but not the least, many thanks to IMBB for making it a lovely platform for people like me to spread the message across. May IMBB reach newer heights each day! :)

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vikkii July 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

…thts brilliant IDEA!!!…

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Thanks Vikkii.. try it out.. its really good..

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Rama July 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Surabhi..this is lovely.. :) :)
and you know wat..i have alos started my own version of facepacks and scrubs..inspired by few of your DIY posts :)
great job :)

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Thanks Rama.. so sweet of you to say so..!! :)

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gurpreet July 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

loved it.. thanks :) definitely trying it this weekend..

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Thankssss Gurpreet.. :D

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Tanvi July 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I surely love you for this article Surabhi.. (Not to forget I love you otherwise as well) And I am sure the others also love you..
Great DIY post as always.. :)

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Heyyyy Tanviiii… i love you too.. rmbr your DP.. :D you are soooo sweet.. btw, dont forget to update me..

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Tanvi July 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Yes Surabhi.. I do remember and remember well.. :)
I will send detailed updates in some time.. That will make more sense..

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supriya July 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

U r a star !!

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I am honored, lady! :D

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Christine Leon July 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm

That’s awesome and so easy to make, Surabhi. I love DIYs. Great job! (:

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Thanks a ton Christine.. the best thing about it is that it works like a ready made gel. You take it out, apply and put it back. simple. :)

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Parita July 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm

super cool! i just apply aloe vera gel directly from leaf :) adding vit c is superb! thank you

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Yeah Parita.. I also applied it directly but this way it gives better results and I dont have to pluck it each time. I am glad you liked it. :)

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ife July 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

what a great idea… will save me money as i love to use aloe vera for everything… u used chewables on your skin!!?????? Didnt u turn orange Surabhi? I just made a sample now with normal white ones..(Celin Tablets)..looks greenish white.. :) Awesome DIY…Thank you..

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

he he he.. naah Ife.. it looks orange though but when I apply it on the face it comes out transparents.. :D

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sakhi July 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

thanks dear………….

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

My pleasure!

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siri July 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

surabhi,
ur idea of preserving thru vitamins is good.

yes grinding the pulp is a little difficult in blender especially if the quantity is less.

but if we grind more pulp it snot that hard.
I used grind a bit more quantity and apply to my hair+ my moms and dads hair, and my bros hair.

it makes hair super soft.

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Yeah.. I realized that quantity was the problem. You apply aloe vera to hair? Cool.. I can try it too..

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siri July 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

yeah surabhi,
try it. you u not be dissappointed, but the boring part in this is peeling the skin of aloe vera.

and a tip here is put that blended pulp in freezer or just fridge up till gets cooled and apply to clean hair and while washing it off just rinse with cool water (as hair is already clean) and later use a conditioner (if needed)

it is gives a v cooling effect.

let me remind my grand mom who used to sugar coat a small piece of peeled aloe vera and made me and my bro swallow it in empty stomach. During our summer visits to her place.

it would remove internal heat.

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siri July 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

OMG such a long post

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flygirl July 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

bahut acheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Thanks a lot FG.. I am really glad you guys liked it.

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sweta July 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm

very nice DIY Surbhi :)

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

thank you sweta..! even I like using this gel a lot!

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Aarti Seth July 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Superb DIY Surabhi !!!

I am going to make this in weekend. But can u pls tell me the name of Vit C tablet u used in it.:P

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Hi Aarti.. dear I am sorry I cant give you the name,but it is commonly available in the market so ask the chemist to give you abscorbic acid. That should do.

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praseena July 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Surabhi, I love this post, I am all for natural stuff so yaaay :) thank you very much

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Thank youuuuuu Praseena… :D

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Shami July 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Good one surabhi, very well explained :)
i dont get the aloe vera stems at my place :(

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Sad! maybe you can pluck a few stems from the nursery.. ? ;)

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Ekta July 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

excellent post surabhi!!! Loved ur creativity…. Will try is asap :))

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Thank you Ekta.. :D

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shanaiia July 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Thanx for sharing…so easy to make..im def gonna make this! :D

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Yeah.. try it out.. :D

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Neha July 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Great job Surabhi totally loved it. I will do it myself for Surely! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Neha.. its indeed great.

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Harpreet July 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

thanks for the write up surabhi :) …can we apply it daily on our face!!!

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Radha July 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Wowwwww!!!!!!!!!!!! Great idea Surabhi……I am also like you want to go always with our own made products….:) really coollll i am gonna try sure….

Pls Surabhi tell me can we use this gel for hair too???

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I dont know Radha.. if we can use it for hair. I know aloe vera and vit E are great for hair but dunno about Vit C.

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Radha July 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

ok Surabhi anyway this is amazing homemade product for skin :)

Thank u for sharing such a great idea

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geet July 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

i m in aloevera phase currently i use plain aloevera onmy hair n for deep conditioning i mix it with honey
ll try this recipe now for my skin :) thanxx
to make smalll qty of aloevera gel i peel d green part of leaf n then grate gel :) this way i get satisfaction tht i dont waste this precious gel :))
thanx for this lovely recipe :))

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Grating is also a wonderful idea. I would grate it from next time..

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Somreeta Mukherjee July 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm

lovely! im sure this gonna help sooooooooooooooooooo many f us!!

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

yeah.. and so would your post on therapy. That was also quite interesting..

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Hima July 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Love DIYs!! Do I have to look for a specific species of aloevera plant??

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Surabhi @ Womanatics July 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

I dont even know Hima if we have varieties of aloe vera.. LOL.. I guess any aloe vera should do..

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Wafa Khan July 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

I tried but it broke me out. may be aloevera is not for me

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Aditi July 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Thank you Surabhi. :)

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komal mahajan August 6, 2012 at 2:26 am

Hey I just applied the gel on my face..its bit itching but I totally love it..thanks for sharing it with us..:) happy happy happy
also if u could tell me, do I have to apply the gel directly or in mix with something? What ae the various ways to use the gel on face..I have a highly oily and acne prone skin..
I applied it at sleeping time..What to follow it up with in the morning?

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shruti August 30, 2012 at 12:41 am

wow surbhi…u hav peeled aleo vera pulp so nicely. Pls share how to do bcze wherenever i try to do so…it becomes so messy :(

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