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Fresh Aloe and Shea Body Cream


Courtesy of Mary Helen Leonard

This simple body cream is made by emulsifying cooling aloe vera and moisturizing shea butter. This recipe makes enough for one generous helping of cream—the perfect amount to moisturize your whole body in one treatment or to spot-treat troublesome patches of dry skin over a couple of days. Adding the optional essential oils of peppermint or chamomile will add a chilly tingle to the cream or give it a soothing anti-inflammatory effect, respectively.

Super easy

Fresh Aloe and Shea Body Cream


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 1 teaspoons beeswax (about 5 grams)
  • 1 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1/4 teaspoons soy lecithin or pure lanolin
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel/juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons honey
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 5 drops peppermint or chamomile essential oil (optional)

Fresh Aloe and Shea Body Cream Directions

  1. Combine the beeswax, shea butter and lecithin in a double boiler and heat until fully melted. Stir the ingredients to make sure they’re well- blended.
  2. In a second saucepan, heat the aloe vera, honey and salt, and blend well.
  3. Remove the wax mixture from the heat and whisk it vigorously as you pour in the hot aloe mixture in a very slow, steady stream.
  4. Continue whisking for several minutes as the cream cools. It should become thick and opaque.
  5. Stir in the essential oil, if using.
  6. The cream will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days but is best used right away.

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