Step 3: Mix the Ingredients
The recipe again is:
1/4-cup of aloe vera pulp
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1/4-teaspoon Vitamin E Oil (optional, depending on frequency of use)
1/8-teaspoon citric acid or ascorbic acid (optional, depending on frequency of use)
I use my small food processor to grind up the aloe pulp (for at least one minute) and mix in the remaining ingredients before putting it into my recycled baby food jar. A mason jar would have worked just as well.
If you would like to use the mix for a sunburn salve, the gel mix can be frozen in an ice cube container and then placed directly on the skin as needed, or left in a refrigerator for up to a month.
If you refrigerate the concoction, you will have to take a spoon and mix it up again, as the refrigeration solidifys the mixture and slightly separates the coconut oil.
My supply has never lasted more than one week on my bathroom counter because it will either get moldy or I will use it all and I need to make more, but again, I use is as a moisturizer for skin.
The Vitamin E Oil and citric acid both are supposedly preservatives.
Citric acid can affect some people (with a rash) so please be cautious if you have never used it.
Also, my coconut oil has separated, and I have not put it through the re-melting process to make it creamy again. Thus-there is what appears to be small white chunks in my gel that may not show up in yours because my coconut oil has been sitting around for a while.