I’ve made no secret of my love for Nature Republic’s Soothing and Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel. I usually just apply the gel to my face, neck and hands before bed, but I decided to mix it with a few kitchen staples to see just how versatile it is.
I made and tested four products: a face mask, hair mask, head-to-toe moisturizer and lip gloss. There are only two or three ingredients in each product, and they only look a minute to make. Besides aloe, everything I needed was in my kitchen, which is great news for my budget. Overall, I really like these concoctions. Soon I may expand into making my own shampoo and conditioner, and finally become a full-on hippie.
You’ll need: Any colored lip tint or melted lipstick | Aloe vera | Small container or clean contact lens case | Small spoon or stirrer
This one is almost too easy! I picked an orange lip gloss from Etude House and a dark purple one from Maybelline, and put several drops of each into an old contact lens case. Then I added a dollop of aloe and stirred. The end result was a bit lighter than I wanted, so I kept adding in the lip tint until I was satisfied. When I applied it, I immediately noticed that the aloe soaks right in and leaves lips feeling soft and moisturized. The color is still a bit lighter than just the lip gloss itself, but I like that my repurposed contact lens case is lighter and takes up less space in my bag, and immediately gives me two options for lip tint. The only downside is that the taste is less than ideal if you lick your lips.
You’ll need: 2 tbsp. olive oil, heated | ~3 tbsp. aloe vera | 1 egg | Small bowl | Spoon
I’m currently growing out my pixie cut, so this amount was enough for almost two full applications for me. After stirring all the ingredients together, I combed the mixture through my hair with my hands, which actually worked out well and with minimal mess. In order to let the mixture soak in and take root, I left it on for about two hours while I cleaned my apartment. By the time I was done, it had mostly hardened all over. It took a good five minutes of rinsing to get the mixture out, and then I shampooed and conditioned as usual. My hair was noticeably shinier and silkier, and stayed that way for several days. This one’s definitely a keeper!
You’ll need: 1 tbsp. sugar | 1 1/2 tbsp. milk | Aloe vera | Applicator brush | Small bowl | Small spoon or stirrer
First, mix together the sugar and milk, then add the aloe. I didn’t measure the aloe, and just eyeballed the amount until it looked like enough. This combination of ingredients is supposedly excellent for problem skin. The first thing I noticed was how cold them ixture was on my face, but it also felt quite refreshing, so that was nice. I left it on for about five minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Overall, using the mixture felt good, but I think I’m so used to and happy with my current tea tree masks that this one kind of paled in comparison. I’m going to try it a few more times though, to see if I should switch between the two for a bit more variety.
You’ll need: 2-3 tbsp. coconut oil | 4-5 tbsp. aloe vera | Small bowl | Small bottle or spray container
I saved the best for last here. This moisturizer takes two ingredients and barely two minutes of your time. First, melt the coconut oil, and then stir in the aloe. Blending the ingredients will make the moisturizer smoother and better suited for a spray bottle. I just mixed it with a spoon, so it was not fully a liquid. Instead of a spray bottle, I poured it into a travel-size squeeze container. Either way, this supremely easy mix is incredibly nourishing for the hair, face and body, and hydrates like no other. You’ll need to use it quickly though: If left on your vanity, it’ll last up to three days. Stored in the fridge, the moisturizer can be used for up to a month.