If you are a lover of DIY beauty products its only a matter of time before your recipe will call for aloe vera powder. In this article we’re going to make our own aloe vera powder. This will give you a good comparison on the effort and cost of doing it yourself compared to buying a 8oz bag of commercial made aloe vera powder.
To begin with you might ask, “What’s the big deal about aloe powder? Isn’t it the aloe gel that has healing properties and nutrients?” Yes the gel has traditional healing properties. In fact, aloe vera is the most widely used herb in cosmetics across the world. Aloe vera contains vitamin, minerals, and fatty acids. These rich nutrients can sooth rashes and skin irritations. By dehydrating it and grinding it down into a powder you are able to preserve the aloe along with the nutrients and keep it from rotting before you are ready to use it.
First we are going get 4 big fat aloe leaves. These leaves cost $1.99 a piece at the grocery store for a total of $8. Wash the leaves and cut them into thin slices. Start at the base and if your aloe leaves ooze a yellow gel then wash that away. If you buy your leaves at the grocery store you may not see any yellow coloration in your leaves, but clear meat and gel on the inside as show below.
Finish cutting up all the pieces.
Lay the pieces out on a dehydrator tray. Some tutorials will suggest you can dry out your plant and herbs in the oven or set them in a dry area for a few days. We recommend you only use a dehydrator for this job, especially if you are making a face or skin product to sell.
There is a difference between placing your herbs and plants into a dehydrator vs. drying them out in the oven or setting them out to dry. The dehydrator is best for preservation because it will remove all the moisture as opposed to most of the moisture. This is critical in preservation of your aloe vera powder. If there is any moisture whatsoever your herbs will still rot or grow mold. The plant material must be 100% dehydrated for cosmetic use.
I allowed this to sit still for 3 days to ensure all these piece were fully dehydrated.
The humidity and your local environment will affect how long you need to dehydrate your aloe. Once your pieces are finished put everything together in a dish.
This is what we have left of the original 4 large leaves. Place these into a coffee grinder or a ninja blender.
It takes several minutes for the dehydrated plant material to turn into a dust. I had to run mine through twice. The first time I let the blender run until a layer of powder was firmly sitting on the bottom. Pour the contents into a sifter and allow the powder to separate from the bigger pieces. Put the pieces back into the blender and let it grind down into a fine powder. Repeat this if necessary until all you have left is powder.
It's important to consider safety precautions when transferring the powder out of the blender and into the container where you will seal your powder. This powder is so fine that when you take the top off the blender it will look like smoke. Allow the dust to settle before you remove the top. Wearing a mask is a huge plus. You won't be able to avoid breathing the dust when some of it lingers in the air when you pour it into the container.
This is not regular dust! Remember, we just dehydrated it! If you breath it, it will make contact with the moisture in your lungs and those tiny particles will expand and re-hydrate inside your lungs. Don't forget what kind of sludgy goopy gel you had when you started. The powder wants to turn back into this sludgy goopy gel, so don't let that happen in your lungs! I was very careful to avoid breathing the dust, but it wasn't enough. When I was finished with this project I felt like a had a brick sitting on my chest for about two hours. It was uncomfortable, and made me concerned that this might not be a project for someone with COPD or chronic asthma. I will never attempt this again without a mask.
All in all, four large leaves produced 3.5 oz. or the equivalent to 8 heaping tablespoons of aloe vera powder. This doesn't sound like too much, but I was satisfied with this result. Remember, the powder is light and fine so there isn't much weight to measure in general. This means there is plenty of powder for my lotions and soaps to last me a little while.
Remember, a little goes a long way because the minute you add this to a recipe that contains water it will begin to expand and you will end up with twice the amount you started with. So use it sparingly with your lotions, face masks, and soap. After all this work you may decide that you'd rather buy your aloe vera powder already made.
So let's review something from the beginning. I bought 4 large leaves for 1.99 and paid $8 for what turned out to be 3.5 oz. of powder. However, an average cost of buying aloe vera powder is about $10 for 8 oz, not including the shipping fees. This means it's roughly less expensive to purchase aloe vera powder commercial made. You can get a popular brand here that promises to be 100% natural and pure.
Now that you have your aloe powder ready to go, let's see what you can do with it. Check out this amazing hand dried aloe vera and bentonite clay DIY hot process spa bar.
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