***UPDATE 5/6/18*** Use aloe vera JELLY to make this body cream NOT aloe vera gel! Aloe vera gel will give you terrible results. Aloe vera gel is 99% water and will cause mold. Aloe vera jelly has a thickener as well as a preservative that makes this recipe work.
At least four years ago, I purchased a large bag of dead sea salt. I used a lotion bought from an Israeli Kiosk. An acquaintance of mine told me to try it. I was amazed! My hands were so soft and smooth; noticeably so. I had already been sucked into the kiosk sales strategy and have since not positively responded to their “Can I ask you a question” sales pitch.
I took action. As soon as I got home I spent about $15 on dead sea salt. As soon as it arrived, I found a recipe on-line about how to make dead sea salt lotion. Let me tell you something. E-how was NOT an accurate source for this. Water and oil do not mix and this recipe would lead you to believe that it does. And to think I had my Pintrest account linked to this mess! I have had many blunders and a few discoveries along the way but none of them lead up to making what I desired.
I used to use Aquaphor for my daughter’s skin during the winter months. My husband has always enjoyed using baby oil or baby oil gel. Last year, neither of those products worked for their skin. A few friends told me that they use shea butter and aloe vera as lotion for their skin. After a search, I came across this recipe. It works wonderfully and has a very nice whipped texture. It also does not leave our skin sticky with feelings that we attract every single piece of lint in the atmosphere once putting it on.
My one discovery during my past blunders was that aloe vera gel dissolves dead sea salt. The recipe below is the original recipe I found online but can no find no longer 😦 plus the addition of the salt.
Dead Sea Salt Lotion Recipe
- 4 oz (1/2 cup) of Shea Butter (organic raw unrefined is what I used)
- 1/3 cup Aloe Vera
gel (CVS brand)****JELLY
- 1 TBSP Dead Sea Salt (Bokek fine grain)
- 2 TBSP Safflower Oil
- 8 drops of essential oil (optional)
Soften shea butter in microwave until softened but not liquid. Blend until creamy with hand mixer. Place salt into a separate bowl. Add aloe vera gel to salt and mix until dissolved. Add aloe and salt mixture to shea butter and blend well. Add safflower oil (and essential oil if using) and blend well until completely combined. Store in a relatively tightly covered container. Does not need refrigeration. I keep ours in our bedroom just like store-bought lotion.
****If you use a pure aloe vera gel, please note that it will take at least twice the amount listed to dissolve 1TBSP of dead sea salt. With that much aloe vera/salt mixture, you will need to add much more shea and safflower to get the mixture to a nice unseparated consistency. My suggestion is to use 1tsp of dead sea salt if using pure aloe vera gel. Once that 1tsp dissolves, you may add more salt to it a very little bit at a time (about a pinch) until it won’t dissolve anymore. Also, please note that using using a pure aloe vera gel will cause some egg white looking formations in your aloe vera/salt mixture. You can strain them out if you’d like but you will have no adverse effects if you add them to your body cream.****