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Has anyone ever made their own aloe water?  I have a lot of aloe vera growing in the yard and wondering if I can use it to make my own aloe water.....hmmmm???

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Ok, I looked it up on the internet and it's pretty simple...duh.  Anyway, I was thinking about using the aloe vera water in my lotions...thinking that it my help with dry skin problems.

If anyone has any experience with this, I'll be so appreciative of your input.

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Aloe can present preservation problems in hydrous lotions. You may get more mileage out of glycerin.

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I've wondered about this myself since I also have some growing. I've noticed that the ingredients for some store-bought brands is listed as just aloe, citric acid and sodium benzoate. Is it possible (or recommended) to preserve the aloe juice itself?

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I have done this.  I put the aloe (insides) in water and boil it then strain.  I have never had any problem in my lotions.

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aloe juice can cause polarity issues (can destabilize a lotion) depending on the formulation and emulsifier(s).

 

You'll need a powerful broad spectrum preservative and impeccably clean work spaces to ensure a safe, stable product.

You can't see microbial growth until it has really progressed.

 

With so many other stable and easy humectants, plus more powerful oils and butters to reduce TEWL,  you have a lot of choices.

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I've juiced aloe leaves before. But only used them in soapmaking. Found it was much easier just to buy the gallon size jug of aloe vera juice. But the green from the aloe in the leaves made a lovely green color in my soaps. The aloe juice does not.

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I have aloe powder that I have reconstituted in distilled water and added a preservative to. I make it in fairly small quantities and I keep it in the fridge.

Even then, I primarily use it in serums or gels that also contain alcohol, or facial lotions that are small batch and will be used up quickly. And of course I use a broad spectrum preservative in my final product. For the reasons that TT stated, I feel noodgie about using food/plant products in my lotions, and I would certainly not trust myself to make a safe ingredient out of my garden like that. I definitely do not have the skills, equipment, or patience, lol!

I liked @Candybee's idea to use them in soap!

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The one thing that I was worried about is the preservative issue.  The only time that I had a mold issue was when I made a lotion with Agave....molded within days....never used it again :-)

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