Organic products are all the rage these days; but If you want to benefit from using aloe vera gel, it's vital to ensure that it's organic and made from pure ingredients.
Non-organic aloe vera gel is made from a small percentage of aloe vera concentrate, and the rest is chemicals and preservatives. These substances can be harmful to your skin and hair. Harmful preservatives include formaldehyde, which has been banned in Japan and Sweden. Other substances include parabens such as propyl and butyl, which are banned in Denmark because they can damage the skin and hair.
Here are some questions to ask to find out whether you’re buying an Organic aloe vera gel or not.
Is it made of aloe vera juice or concentrate?
Aloe vera juice is derived directly from the aloe vera plant by cutting the stalks, peeling back the leaves, and extracting the thick, oozing pulp inside. This pulp is filtered to remove harmful particles such as dirt or bacteria and cold-pressed to preserve its natural properties.
Aloe vera gel is made from the juice, and contains about 90 percent plant-based extract, and the rest is natural preservatives that don't harm the skin. Some aloe vera gels also contain small amounts of gelling agent.
Aloe vera gel that’s made of concentrate is a mixture of water and freeze-dried aloe vera in powder form. Usually, cosmetic companies add only one gram of powdered aloe vera in a 200 ml bottle of aloe vera gel. This gel is non-organic, and you should avoid using it.
What is the main ingredient?
To find out the main ingredient in aloe vera gel, look at the back of the bottle or tube. Cosmetic companies must label their products with the cosmetic formulas they used to make them.
In all cosmetic products, the ingredients are listed in descending order, so the ingredient with the highest concentration is listed first.
If an aloe vera gel is pure and organic, the first ingredient on the back of the product will be Aloe Vera Barbadensis Leaf Juice. However, if the Aloe Vera gel is non-organic and made of concentrated powder, then the first ingredient listed will be water.
Does it contain alcohol?
Aloe vera gels that contain alcohol are not organic, as they are harmful to your skin and dry it out, causing cracks and lines to appear, and even resulting in premature aging and wrinkles. Many cosmetic companies use alcohol in their aloe vera gel to create a cooling effect.
But if you buy an aloe vera gel without alcohol, you can just put it in the fridge if you want it to be cool.
What is the color?
The natural color of aloe vera gel, which is extracted from the plant, is clear and light golden. If your aloe vera gel is green, it contains artificial coloring, which could damage your skin.
What does the label say?
Lastly, be cautious of labels. If the product is labeled 100% pure gel or 100% pure aloe vera gel, it is organic and made from natural ingredients. Many companies trick consumers by writing 100% gel on their labels, but this just means that your product contains gel, but not pure aloe vera gel.
If you want a guaranteed 100 percent pure, natural aloe vera gel, buy Allurials All Natural Aloe Vera Gel. It is made from organic, cold-pressed aloe and contains a pure moisturizing formula that’s not tested on animals.
Allurials is a company that provides high quality, natural products that are free from harmful ingredients. Our skin and hair care products are cruelty-free and don’t contain any artificial colors or alcohol.