Aloe Vera Gel for Skin: Making Your Own Aloe Skin Gel is Simple and Fun!

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Aloe Vera Skin Gel

This aloe vera gel for skin is simple and inexpensive to make. It has so many uses and you can even give it away as gifts or sell it locally!

My skin gets dry during the winter. It’s a given. Luckily, I can make a lotion to take care of it. But summer is a whole other ball game. Between sun, wind, bugs, and dirt, my skin really gets abused! I came up with this skin-soothing gel to help take care of whatever summer may throw at me.

Aloe Vera Gel for Skin

This gel is really easy to make. Here are the basics:

You can use any color of roses you like, but I wouldn’t mix colors. It can leave your gel a muddy color. I’ve used red and pink roses and yellow another time. The yellow tends to mellow to a peachy yellow but still looks nice.


  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 cup fresh rose petals


  1. Chop the roses well. You can use a food mill or a food processor to grind the petals.
  2. Add to the aloe vera gel and mix well. You can add a bit of witch hazel if your gel is really thick.
  3. Blend together and let sit for 20 minutes or so, then mix again and strain. I use cheesecloth to squeeze every drop of liquid out of the mix.

This aloe vera skin gel will last on the shelf for a week or so. It will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. See below for information on using natural preservatives to extend shelflife.

I save my rose petals for making soap. Yes, they do turn after a while, but they will help this aloe vera skin gel soften your skin.

Natural Preservatives

You can add a natural preservative like Geogard or Leucidal. If you choose not to use a preservative, you can keep it in the refrigerator for a few weeks, or freeze it in ice cube trays to keep it for months. This is also a great way to apply it, especially for burns like sunburn.

Using Your Aloe Vera Skin Gel

Here are some great uses for your gel:

  • Rashes
  • Bug bites
  • Sunburn
  • Kitchen burns
  • Scrapes
  • Shallow cuts
  • Abrasions
  • This aloe vera skin gel is even great for skin ailments like eczema
  • Surgery scars (after the surface has healed)
  • Razor burn
  • Nettle Burn
  • Poison Ivy Rash
  • Clothing friction, such as between the legs
  • Under bra area of breasts
  • Skin eruptions like acne
  • Athlete’s Foot

As you can see, there are many uses for this aloe vera skin gel. What is your favorite use?


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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  1. Mareljo Johnston says

    I have two huge aloe vera plants. How can I make aloe Vera gel from them?