Aloe Vera, often listed in ingredients as A. barbadensis is a succulent plant with thick juicy stems, native to north Africa. The margin of the leaf is serrated but not sharp.
With such a miraculous plant, there are going to be some companies trying to get the most from its reputation, so make sure that whatever product you’re buying, there is a significant percentage of Aloe Vera in there.
Lots of companies will advertise 100% Aloe Vera gel such as this one: Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel but when it comes to the ingredients list, it’s not the only thing in the bottle! It contains additives and chemicals – Not great if hair or skin is sensitive. How come? It said it was 100% Aloe Vera gel! It contains Triethanolamine, Carbomer 940, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin and Diazolidinyl Urea…
Well, they’ve used 100% aloe as PART of the ingredients. Here they have indeed used 100% Aloe, but that 100% aloe makes up about 70% of the bottles CONTENT. To make it worse some companies don’t even use pure aloe in the first place. They may use 95% aloe, which makes up only 75% of the CONTENT in the bottle. Very sneaky…
There are also contrasts on the other end of the spectrum, the very same company advertises its aloe vera juice as 98% Aloe Vera, and here they are referring to the ACTUAL CONTENT in the bottle, the other 2% in the bottle is harmless citric acid. So here the 98% aloe contains MORE than the 100% aloe! You can see the contrast: Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Juice
The Aloe Vera Juice would be ideal for use on the hair, where people are often very sensitive.
If you’re looking for something thicker, like a gel, to leave on overnight, we use one of the most pure on the market today with only grapefruit extract, vitamin E and a natural mild preservative added: Click here to see which Aloe we recommend.
Here you can rely on there being no damaging chemicals that are only going to undo what the aloe does. And to add to this, we enjoy buying from trusted informative companies.
So, you can buy the nice Aloe Vera gel or juice, or: you can use the plant itself. But, do not settle for a low quality aloe vera, even if it does say 100% on the label! To use the plant: Cut a stem at the base of the plant, and store it in the fridge after use. Each time, cut about 2 to 3 cms of the stem as this should be enough to cover most areas. Leave it over night if you can.