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The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil Mixture

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The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil Mixture

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of both aloe vera and coconut oil when used separately for all sorts of skin disorders, such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, irritated skin or just dry skin.

Aloe vera and coconut oil are popular ingredients in commercial and DIY body lotions. They can be used on their own but have you thought about using both of them together at the same time?

Aloe vera is a succulent plant, meaning its leaves hold large quantities of water, whereas coconut oil is pure oil, and we all know that water and oil don’t mix together. But you can use aloe vera gel, and not aloe vera juice, as well as whipped coconut oil so that its consistency holds the mixture together.


Aloe Vera – Health Benefits

Both aloe vera and coconut oil are excellent for your skin. I’ve already written about the amazing health benefits of aloe vera for the skin.

Here are a few of aloe vera’s health benefits:

Aloe vera has many other amazing health benefits.


Coconut Oil – Health Benefits

So stop using commercial expensive lotions and make your own healing natural lotion which combines the health benefits of coconut oil and aloe vera.

Related: 33 Scientifically Proven Benefits and Uses for Coconut Oil


Healing Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gel Lotion

It is important to use pure 100% aloe vera gel (do not use juice), as well as a good quality organic virgin coconut oil (like this one).

Coconut oil, when in solid form, whips up to a fluffy and light consistency, which makes a fantastic body lotion. It is absorbed quickly into the skin and you only need a small amount of it to cover your skin.


1/2 cup organic extra-virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel (use pure organic and cold pressed aloe vera gel like this one)
A few drops of essential oils of your choice (like lavender, chamomile, geranium).


  • Mix the coconut oil and aloe vera in a bowl (don’t melt the coconut oil as it will only whip up if it’s solid).
  • Whisk the mixture using an electric or hand whisker (like this one) for 5 to 10 minutes until whipped into a light, fluffy and airy consistency (a blender or food processor is not suitable for this recipe, because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up).
  • If you’re going to add essential oils, do so at the time when you whisk the mixture.
  • Transfer the whipped mixture into a glass container (essential oils can interact with some plastics) and store at room temperature. Store it in the refrigerator if your house is warm enough to cause the oil to melt. (You want to keep its whipped consistency).

The lotion will last for several weeks.

How To Use The Coconut Oil & Aloe Vera Healing Lotion

Use it like any other moisturizing lotion and apply it all over your body. This lotion is most effective when applied while your skin is still wet after bathing. It can also work well as a make-up remover.

There are other 10 Secret Ways to Use Coconut Oil on Your Face.

Maintaining healthy skin is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

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82 Responses to The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil Mixture

  1. Jim says:


    I’ve been using coconut oil and essential oils for 6 months and I want to add aloe to the mix. I melt the coconut oil add the essential oils then resolidify. I don’t mind melting it by rubbing it between hands before application. If I add the aloe gel in the ratio you suggest can I keep the same procedure? Is the whipping necessary or is it a consistency preference?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      In this recipe you don’t melt the coconut oil as it will only whip up if it’s solid. I believe that if you do it the way you suggest, the coconut oil and aloe vera will separate later on (as water and oil don’t mix). However you can experiment with a small quantity and see how you go.

      • cmac says:

        if you melt the coconut oil to just barely melted (not too hot) then add cold aloe vera, put a lid on the jar and shake it will mix and harden quickly ! add essential oils before aloe 🙃

  2. nanin says:

    Can I use aloe Vera fresh from the leaves and mix with organic coconut oil as a hair oil for daily basis?

  3. kelly says:

    Smells devine! Not greasy. I didnt whip it I melted everything, and let it cool a little, poured it into my jar, and put it to cool fast in the freezer. When it cools fast the butters do not get grainy. Nice Recipe oh I used Macadamia Oil instead of coconut Oil. Thanks

  4. Kelly says:

    Can this be made with aloe Vera oil (cold pressed) and pure coconut oil? Thanks

  5. Mari says:

    What mixture can I use for puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.

  6. hansi says:

    Hi.. can i know how long do i want to stay with it on my body? Is one hour enough?

    • Jenny says:

      It is meant to be left on the skin so it is absorbed without washing it. If however you want to rinse it from any reason, leave it for a while (I guess at least an hour) and then wash it.

  7. T singh says:


    Few days back i saw a video that coconut oil and aloe vera plant leaves if boiled together, the mixture is good to reduce pimples, stretch marks and scars. I want to get rid of the scars i got by pimples. But i heard coconut oil will clog the pores and i dont want a fat on my face or cheeks. Should i apply that boiled paste or not ?

    Been using direct aloe vera leaf gel for a month. It didnt affect scars much.
    If both of them work well on scars should i apply baking soda also in different routine in order to open clogs done by oil ?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      There are few points that you talk about and I will try to answer to my best abilities: 1) I don’t understand why the aloe vera and coconut oil need to be boiled. Aloe vera contains enzymes which will be destroyed during the boiling process. I also don’t know what the boiling process will do to the coconut oil. I would not boil them but use them as directed in my recipe. 2) Coconut oil is comedogenic (pore-clogging) but on the other hand has antibacterial properties that help fight acne. This is why some people find it helpful for acne whereas for others it will not work. Read my detailed article “Coconut Oil For Acne – Does It Really Work?” for more information and advice. 3) As for using aloe vera for scars – there are various natural ways that may help reducing acne scars (read about them HERE). However there are various factors that affect the healing process of scars. If the scars are old, big or deep, then home remedies may not help and you may need to consult with a dermatologist about other methods to reduce scars that are done by professional practitioners. There are limitations to what home remedies can do in some cases. 4) Baking soda has many applications on the skin (see my articles How to Use Baking Soda for Gorgeous Face and Skin and Baking Soda for Acne and Pimples – The Complete Guide). At the end of the day you will need to experiment with various methods to see what works best for you. Every person is different, and results vary between different people. The best thing is to try and be patient and see what gives you the best results. 5) You can get more ideas in my article “The Most Effective Homemade Acne Face Masks“. If your acne is really persistent and severe, consult with a dermatologist regarding a treatment plan that is suitable for your condition.

  8. A.K. says:

    Hi Jenny been battling with eczema for like month now mine isn’t really serious but gets uncomfortable sometimes ..I have it on my arms ,chest ,breast ,tummy and some parts of my thighs Nov ate seems to work for me ..I tried Vaseline sometime back and it worked magic but it isn’t doing so this time around am back to using the steroid ..I know coconut oil can cure eczema and aleo vera too .I want to know if it would help me ..want to try a natural remedy…I’d use oatmeal for my bath and then the aleo vera ND coconut oil as my moisturizer….is that OK ?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I have an article about How To Get Rid Of Eczema: 13 Natural Remedies Backed By Research which you can have a look at. Coconut oil and aloe vera are one of the options that you can try. What you do with the oatmeal following the aloe vera and coconut oil mixture is good. I would also recommend you to try Urea cream (no. 11 in my article about eczema). It is effective and cheap and can be bought in drugstores. Give it a try too.

  9. Billy says:

    Hello i have some question. Can be saved in plastic box or glassy and why? And can be in color and how ? tnx

    • Jenny Hills says:

      If you use essential oils in the mix, then it’s best to store in a glass container as essential oils can interact with some plastics. Store at room temperature (or in the fridge if your house warm enough to cause the oil to melt, as you want to keep its whipped consistency). I’m not sure that I understand your second question, but if you refer to the color of the container – if you use essential oils in the mixture, they are best kept in dark glass container away from direct light. However if you prepare a small batch that will be used relatively quickly, then you can store in a transparent container.

  10. ABC says:

    i have lot of small scars on my face ….i have tried aloevera gel but it do not work …i have also tried lemon and honey so what can i do to reduce it ???

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not sure what caused the small scars on your face, but if acne was the cause, then you can try the suggestions in my article How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Naturally. However there are few things you need to be aware of: old scars or deep scars are difficult to treat with home remedies (and with conventional treatments as well). Also some people are more prone to scarring than others. Sometimes professional treatments are needed such as lasers and even then the results may not be what you’ve expected. With home remedies it also takes quite a long time to see improvement, and it might be that your case is not suitable for home treatments. I believe that if there is no improvement with home remedies, then the next step would be to consult with a dermatologist.

  11. niki says:

    how to use alovera for best result???

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Simply apply it on a daily basis. You need to buy aloe vera that contains as less amounts of additives as possible.

  12. kim says:

    I can not use aloe if it is not fresh from the plant , all the additives bother my skin . can’t I just use the plant and keep the oil really cold at all times during mixing ? I think that would stil take the way its meant to .

  13. NeedHelp says:

    Hello Im 16 and I got these stretched marks on my legs since I was 11 when I first got my period. So technically my stretch marks are already old but can these mixture still help me cure my unwanted stretch marks. Thank you

    • Jenny says:

      To achieve the best results in treating scars, skin blemishes or stretch marks, it’s best to treat it soon after they appear. I’m not sure how old blemishes will react to it.

  14. SA says:

    Hii…I want to give a good treatment for my hair fall..I like this recipe a lot, my hair is curly, can I use this recepie, can I use pure coconut oil with aloe Vera extract from the leaves.

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Yes, you can. Aloe vera straight from the leaves is quite perishable so use it within a few days.

  15. May says:

    Hi. I have hair loss due to dandruff and maybe irritated scalp. I tried to use the aloe vera gel and coconut oil mixture on my scalp and hair but after washing my hair I had a lot of hair fall. I even used apple cider vinegar with water to rinse my hair and scalp as I read from other blogs that it would help. But I was just wondering why didn’t the aloe vera gel and coconut oil mixture work on me? Thanks

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I believe you’ve lost hair during massaging the scalp or washing your hair or brushing it, but not due to the coconut oil and aloe vera mix. This is a very gentle mix that doesn’t cause hair loss. I can only believe that the hair you’ve lost was about to fall out anyway soon. We also lose normally about 100 strands everyday, sometimes less, sometimes more.

  16. Wen says:

    What’s the best remedy to use for severe eczema? Thanks

  17. penny says:

    What is the difference between aloe vera juice and aloe vera gel? I would very much like to make this preparation and would prefer to use the plants I’ve grown. Thanks

  18. Thresa says:

    Jenny can i mix fresh aloe vera with coconut oil and apply it to my hair…my hair is thin n i want it it really fir hair growth

  19. Vani says:

    Hi Jenny, since I live in India the coconut oil does stay in solid form. How do I go about it?

    • Jenny says:

      In this recipe the coconut oil should be solid initially. If you look at the recipe, you see that you don’t melt the coconut oil as it will only whip up if it’s solid and not liquid. In cooler place there is not a problem, as the coconut oil is solid and whips up well. In warmer places where coconut oil is in liquid form, people can put it in the fridge so it has a solid consistency, and then they can whip it up.

  20. Kristy says:

    Will using this mixture help with moderate acne issues?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      There are various possible treatments to fight acne, and you can see them in my article about How to Get Rid of Pimples: Top 12 Natural Ways. Aloe vera is one of the methods mentioned there. As for the coconut oil – some people find that it’s helpful while for others it can aggravate the condition. Read my detailed article about Coconut Oil For Acne – Does It Really Work?. I guess the best thing to do is to give it a try and see if it works for you or not. I think that because you have moderate acne, I would add to the mix a few drops of tea tree oil for further effect.

  21. Leo says:

    Is coconut oil going to preserve the aloe vera gel

    • Jenny Hills says:

      When you buy aloe vera commercially, it usually already contains preservatives. Because aloe vera is perishable, it is very difficult to find pure commercial aloe vera. Most of the products contain 97%-98% aloe vera and the rest are preservatives and other ingredients. When buying commercial aloe vera, opt for a product that contains the highest percentage of aloe vera with the least additives. In this case If you use aloe vera straight from an aloe vera plant, then the aloe vera will not last very long. I’m not sure if coconut oil has any preservative effect (like vitamin E oil), and because aloe vera is water based, I would not use coconut oil as a preservative. In this case make a small quantity and keep in a cool place.

  22. Amanda says:

    Can I use pure organic ALOE powder instead of the gel.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Amanda, I’ve never used aloe vera powder so I’m not sure. I believe that dissolving the powder in water will give you a consistency of juice rather than gel, which is not suitable for this mixture.

  23. mita says:

    What is shelf life of the mixture?

    • Jenny says:

      Many commercial aloe vera products contain preservatives, so once they are opened, they may keep in the refrigerator for several months (see information on the product label). However if it doesn’t contain preservatives or it is picked straight from the leaf, it is recommended to store it not more than a week or 10 days in the fridge (in the freezer it can last for a much longer time). Virgin coconut oil has a long shelf life (up to 3 years or even more). So the shelf life of the mixture depends on the type of aloe vera you are using.

  24. Cassie says:

    I didn’t know Aloe Vera gel and coconut oil work together so well. I have been doing this two days without know or research this and now I know why my skin look so great!!

  25. Ruki says:

    Can I use the mixture for my hair ??

  26. Amanda says:

    Does it have to be extra virgin coconut oil? Mine is just organic virgin and it seperated from the aloe… is that the cause or am i doing something else wrong?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Extra virgin and virgin are the same in the case of coconut oil, so what you have is fine. It should not have separated, unless the coconut oil became liquid if it was a hot day. I’m not sure what you did wrong, but the aloe vera needs to be in gel form (not juice) and the coconut oil should be solid, otherwise it will not whip. You need to whip it with an electric or hand whisker (not blender or food processor). The consistency should be light and fluffy.

  27. DK says:

    I tried making this using fresh aloe vera from the lraves
    The liquid had separated out after i whipped it. Did i over whip it?
    The gel when we scrap it from leaves is in form of lumps .. should i blend it to get the gel

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      I haven’t tried to do the recipe with aloe vera straight from the leaves, although I don’t think that was the problem, as the lumps should not make any difference. I’m not sure what went wrong, but it might be over wiping or you didn’t whip it with an electric or hand whisker (not blender or food processor), or maybe the coconut oil became liquid if it was a hot day – it’s hard to know. Sometimes you need to experiment with a recipe until you get it right. I hope next time it is successful.

  28. Marie says:

    Coconut oil tends to clog my pores. What can I do to prevent this? IS there anything I can do? Thank you!

  29. Grace says:

    hi what if my pure coconut oil is in a liquid form can I still whip it with the aleo Vera and some essential oils and I’ll still be good ??? anticipating you reply

  30. deepika says:

    Can I use coconut oil with alovera gel for removing my freckles…. I have oily and sensitive skin….if this method doesn’t work for freckles then give me best advice for my freckles….. Plz plz reply me

    • Jenny Hills says:

      It won’t work for removing freckles. You can’t completely remove freckles with home remedies, but you can try to fade them. You can experiment with turmeric face mask (see recipe and instructions HERE) which contains turmeric, honey, yogurt/milk, lemon juice and tea tree oil. It helps to give a more even skin tome and lighten the skin, but it’s not a quick fix and patience is required. It may take you several weeks before you notice any improvement. If it doesn’t help you, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist about your options.

  31. Suzie says:

    You said it will last up to 10 days but longer in the freezer. How would I go about storing some in the freezer than defrosting it before use? Like if I made up a lot, cuz the leaves of my plant are quite large.

    • Jenny says:

      I’ve read that you can store aloe vera in the freezer in airtight bags or in ice cube trays and use it when needed. If you want to defrost it, do NOT heat it. Just take it out from the freezer and let it defrost at room temperature (this may take hours).

  32. ana says:


    I want to use coconut oil + aloe vera as hair conditioner after shampoo. I have dandruff problem and hair fall.

    I read in your other article, it would be good to add ACV to dandruff hair. How much should I add to above ingredient ?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Ana, after washing your hair normally with shampoo, mix equal parts of ACV and water and apply the mixture onto your scalp with your fingers or a cotton ball and gently message your scalp (you can also use a spray bottle and spray directly onto your scalp). Never apply undiluted ACV. Wrap your hair with a shower cap or a towel and leave the mixture for about 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Don’t use shampoo after applying the ACV. Repeat the treatment daily for about a week until your dandruff disappears. If your skin is very sensitive, test a small area of your scalp first before continuing with the above treatment to see if you develop any skin irritation. Basically after washing the ACV mixture with warm water, you can apply the coconut oil and aloe vera mixture.

  33. Jennifer says:

    Hello, I was wondering if adding a few drops of pure vitamin e oil at the time of whipping would help preserve the mixture a little longer. Going to make a small batch with fresh aloe from my plant, but I dont think I will be able to use it all in less than 10-14 days.

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