FINALLY! A Recipe For Dead Sea Salt Body Cream!

Dead Sea Salt lotion ingredients
Dead Sea Salt lotion ingredients
Finished product! Look how whipped it is!
Finished product! Look how whipped it is!

***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.


Organic Aloe Vera Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Gel), Certified Organic Aloe Vera Juice (Gel) Concentrate, Organic Aloe Vera Barbadensis Leaf Polysaccharides (Aloesorb), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Cholecalciferol (D3) (Vitamin D), Carbomer (Thickener), Disodium EDTA (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sorbic Acid (Preservative)

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.****




23 thoughts on “FINALLY! A Recipe For Dead Sea Salt Body Cream!

    1. Xara

      Hi Angel. No, it does not. It goes in rather well on pur skin but that is all relative to each one’s definition of oily film. I will tell you that I never did like the feel pf Vaseline or plan shea butter if that gives you a reference point fpr my tolerance of oils. If you find that you dont like the feel of this recipe, add some corn starch or arrow root powder to it (start with 1/2tsp at a time) and test it out until gives you the feel you desire. Neither powder will take away from the lotion’s effectiveness at combating dry skin. Also, this is not a pump lotion like Curel or something like that. It’s consistency is difficult to punp so it ahould be stored in a container. I used a plastic container from a Chinese carry-out.

      1. chris

        hi there. I suggest that you walk around au natural for about 15 minutes so that you skin absorbs the lotion, not your clothing. before you dress, just pat your skin with a paper towel if there is a lot of oil left . there shouldn’t be unless you apply too much…… or, apply at nite and sleep with a towel underneath if you worry about your sheets. I make a lot of oil based remedies that’s my best advice.chris

      2. Xara

        Hi Christine,
        The term ‘oily film’ is different for everybody. If it turns out that this recipe is too oily, I would change the shea butter to mango butter and maybe switch the oil component to grape seed oil or sweet almond. Waiting 15 minutes to dress, patting your skin, and sleeping on a towel sounds like more hassle than enjoyment of something you made yourself. For me, DIY products should be fun to make and easy to use.

  1. Blue

    Rhonda, what’s the key to getting the salt to dissolve property so there’s no longer a grainy feeling after the lotion is completed?

    1. Xara

      Hi Blue! Dissolve the sea salt in the aloe vera gel first. Off brand ale vera works best. In other words. Don’t get the 100% pure organic kind. Once the salt is dissolved, mix the aloe vera in with the softened Shea butter and add the oil. Blend well with a hand mixer.

  2. Blue

    Off brand Aloe? Are you talking about the clear aloe gel sold at Walgreens and CVS? I’m wondering because I thought I’d read somewhere to avoid alcohol when putting homemade products together.

    1. Xara

      Yes, I am talking about the aloe gel sold at Walgreens or CVS. I bought some from Target and it is green. You use whatever you are comfortable with. Alcohol is a naturally occurring byproduct of things so I don’t mind using it. It works better for us. I have a few tips at the end of the post for using natural aloe.

  3. Jinelle

    I just made this and I think I might have done something wrong? The aloe and sea salt turned really watery and it was hard to mix the aloe mix with the Shea butter and it started to sweat? It just keeps getting more watery. Any idea what I did?

    1. Xara

      Did you warm up the Shea butter? It shouldn’t be melted but it should be softened. Add more Shea until it gets to the right consistency. It will probably take double the amount of Shea. When I first made this, I used a store bought brand of aloe. Not all aloes are made equal. Really pure aloe gets watery and you will either have to adjust the amount of aloe and salt used or add more Shea. Also, if the aloe salt mixture starts to have egg white gelatinous things in it, strain that out first before mixing with Shea.

  4. Radhika

    Hi, thank you for posting this..i tried out a batch, not going by very exact proportions but maybe a couple of teaspoons of Dead Sea salt in aloe Vera gel. It dissolved almost instantly and came to the consistency of water. Can’t say how much coconut oil and Shea butter I added to this liquid( but it was a LOT of Shea butter!) till I got it to the consistency of a cream. The verdict: AMAZING.!!! It gets absorbed beautifully into the skin leaving almost no oily film (unlike the shea butter and coconut oil combination, which we already loved) but the skin remains comfortable. 5 Stars!!!

    1. Xara

      No preservatives added here but feel free to doctor recipe to your liking. I know a few people who do not like adding water based products without using a preservative.

      1. Jo

        I am so excited to try this when my ingredients come this weekend, it seems like nothing works for my skin anymore I have always had super dry skin and eczema when I was little, my three-year-old has some eczema spots still too. I did end up getting the pure aloe vera gel, so I will take your advice! I have taken a vow to pretty much not buy any commercial toiletries from the store anymore!

  5. Eileen Burns

    I have been mixing dead sea salt and epsom salts in aloe vera gel and jelly successfully. It breaks down the salt and it still stays viscous. I bought lily of the valley aloe vera gelly online, now when I mix the aloe vera gelly with the salts now it turns to water with a white sponge like substance. Could you tell me what I’m doing wrong

    1. Xara

      You must use aloe vera jelly, not gel. Check the ingredients. It should not say aloe Vera gel as the only ingredient. Aloe Vera jelly has a preservative and a thickener in it. You will get the results you are used to if you use aloe vera jelly.

  6. Renee Robinson

    When you mix the sea salt with the aloe vera gel, you will get these stringy like pieces, I just strained them out and then put the liquid into the mix. Gave to a friend who has psoriasis and he loves it. Just thought Id throw in this tip. I used the jelly that she was talking about in this recipe.

  7. I just made this using the Aloe Vera Jelly pictured in the post. Jelly, not Gel, as specified. It became watery and had the stringy things in it. I had to double the amount of Shea Butter. It has been about 15 minutes since I applied, it has absorbed nicely and my skin does not feel “sticky”.

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