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DIY Korean Aloe Essence

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

If you’ve ever heard of the 10 step Korean skincare method, you know it can sound wonderfully pampering, yet also daunting. One thing I’ve gleaned though, is the idea of an essence. basically a gentle watery product you can layer onto your skin for times when you need extra hydration. The layering idea is called “skin.” You simply pat or press product on your skin, and when your skin soaks it up you do another layer or skin. You can do as many skins as like until your skin feels hydrated. Some even layer on seven!

At times when my skin felt uber dehydrated this method was just the answer I needed. Today I’ve got a simple recipe to make your own Korean essence for thirsty skin.


40 grams aloe Vera (I like Lily of the Dessert brand)

5 grams vegetable glycerin

2 grams Vitamin E oil

2 grams olive squalane

opt .4 grams calendula extract

.4 grams Geogard ECT (broad spectrum preservative accepted in natural skin care)

First off, make sure your area is clean and safe to work. Wipe your counter down with hot soapy water then disinfect with rubbing alcohol. Get out your supplies, a jewelry scale (or other small scale that measures to .1 grams), a glass beaker, PH strips, and a stirring rod or spatula.

In your beaker, measure the aloe Vera, glycerin, vitamin E oil, olive squalane, and optional calendula extract. After measuring each ingredient be sure to zero out the scale. Give it a mix, then using your PH strips measure the PH. You want a reading between 3 and 6 for your preservative to be effective. Addding your preservative can lower it a bit, however keep in mind that your final product will need to be between 4.5 and 5.5 to match the PH of the skin. If your PH is too low you can use biocarb of soda to raide it. If it’s too high, use citric acid or lactic acid to lower. If you do need to adjust the PH, you will need to make a solution with your bicarb of soda or citric acid. Usually a 10% bicarb of soda/citric acid to 90% distilled water solution is sufficient. Add small amounts of the solution to your aloe essence until you have a PH in the desired range. Lastly, you can add your preservative and check the PH again. If it’s between 4.5 and 5.5 you are all set! Bottle, label, date, and enjoy!

Skin ritual tip: use your Aloe Essence on a clean face as your first step, before any serums, moisturizers or oils. Gently press into your skin as many layers as needed for an instant boost of hydration!🙂

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