Aloe Vera Gel Purity Explained

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Looking for 100% pure Aloe Vera gel in your local market or health food store? Good luck! If you happen to find a brand claiming to offer 100% pure Aloe Vera gel, be wary. A quick glance on the back of the label and you will see a short list of other ingredients, and you will wonder how the maker can claim it to be 100% Aloe Vera.

WHY DOESN'T 100% ALOE VERA GEL EXIST?

The truth is that 100% pure Aloe Vera gel is impossible to offer in a packaged product since it needs to contain at least some portion of preservatives, stabilizers, and thickening agents.  Aloe Vera in a pure form that is shelf stable is actually a liquid/juice, not a gel! 

We know because we actually offer a pure aloe vera product in the purest form you can package, our Fresh Aloe Juice Skin Hydrator and it is still only 99.8% pure aloe vera.

The purest form of Aloe Vera is only found if you harvest the plant yourself. However, as anyone who has ever handled aloe vera plants and leaves specifically can tell you, there are significant drawbacks to raw aloe vs aloe products.

WHAT ARE THE DRAWBACKS OF RAW ALOE VERA?

Like any fruit or vegetable, once Aloe Vera is cut open it has to be used quickly. Aloe Vera can expire, and raw Aloe will only last a few days refrigerated. Unless you are farming a consistent supply of Aloe Vera, your best bet is to find the purest organic Aloe Vera gel you can, because what really matters is the concentration of other beneficial ingredients in the bottle such as Acemannan.

Another key problem is that raw aloe lies inside an aloe leaf. The outer rind of aloe contains Aloin.  Aloin is found in the latex coating just underneath the skin of the Aloe Vera leaf. This latex layer on the inner rind of the plant's leaves is made up of a yellowish sap that is bitter and can also stain your hands and clothes!  Unless you know how to effectively process and remove the Aloin, you can end up with a real mess on your hands.

One of the key differences in ALODERMA products is how we remove the aloin. Nearly all other Aloe Vera products on the market utilize charcoal filtration or added enzymes that to help remove the aloin. Charcoal filtration, Chemical filtration, or enzymes strip a large number of the beneficial components naturally found in Aloe Vera and should be avoided. 

WHAT SETS DIFFERENT ALOE GEL PRODUCTS APART?

First you should start with the absolute best aloe possible that has been purified  the right way. The “100% pure aloe” product you see marketed most likely contains about 98.5% – 99.2% pure Aloe vera gel with a small percentage of preservatives and thickeners added to it. As long as these preservatives are not harmful, they will not interfere with the many positive and beneficial effects of that Aloe Vera gel offers.

It is important to make sure the preservatives used in your Aloe Gel product are not harmful.

ALOE GEL ADDITIVES TO AVOID:

  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Alcohol
  • Sodium Benzoate

Finally, ironically, Aloe Vera products that list water as the first ingredient should be avoided. Aloe Vera itself is already 98-99% water, and any products advertising “more” water implies the gel is diluted. This is the first tipoff that they are using aloe powder or concentrates in their product rather than fresh aloe and as a result, have already removed some of the bioactivity found in the live plant in its liquid state.  

Aloe vera is a remarkable succulent plant whose medicinal properties have been widely known and applied since ancient Egypt. The miracle plant is an absolute must-have in any skincare routine or for any first aid kit. Just make sure the Aloe Vera gel you purchase is from a reputable company and preferrably one that actually owns their own aloe vera plantations and offers you direct line of site into how and where they grow their plants.  Look for an organic certification for the aloe, however be mindful that most shelf stable ingredients make it so the product cannot be labeled as "USDA Organic".  Then make sure that Aloe is the first ingredient and that it does not have harmful additives or ingredients, and then you can enjoy the many benefits of Aloe Vera that others have throughout the ages!

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