Aloe Vera is such a versatile ingredient that growing an aloe plant at your home makes sense. Pure aloe vera gel helps moisturize your skin and hair, soothe sunburns and other skin irritations.
However, since it is not possible for everyone to grow a plant, store-bought aloe vera gels are the next best options available.
There are hundreds of brands in India selling aloe vera gel. Several of such brands sell aloe vera gel mixed with filler ingredients to increase their shelf life and make them look appealing to customers.
Want to learn how to identify if the gel is really pure or just a concoction of unnecessary ingredients? Here are 5 points to consider before buying aloe vera gel from the market.
How to Identify Pure Aloe Vera Gel?
1. Read the Label Carefully
Less is more when it comes to the ingredients. Pure aloe vera gel will have just 3-4 ingredients in it.
The first ingredient should always be aloe vera juice followed by a thickening agent and a preservative. Skip the product if the label mentions ‘base q.s’ in the ingredient list.
2. Percentage of Aloe Vera
Ready-made aloe vera gel cannot be 100% pure as it needs some preservatives and thickeners (no matter what the brand claims on the packaging). The purest aloe gels will consist of at least 99% aloe vera juice.
Anything less than 95% of aloe vera juice should be unacceptable. And always try to purchase an organic product(even better if it is certified organic by USDA or Ecocert).
3. Colour and Odour
Pure Aloe vera gel is always clear and odourless. So if the aloe vera gel is green in colour or has a strong fragrance, it is not pure.
You should refrain from buying such green-coloured gels as it contains synthetic additives like dyes and fragrance which are unnecessary.
4. Preservatives and Thickeners
Fresh aloe gel will last maximum a week when stored in the refrigerator. So store-bought aloe vera gels require preservatives to make them last beyond a week.
Look for a gel with safe preservatives like Salinatural, TCLS, Potassium Sorbate, Malic Acid etc.
Also, aloe vera gel needs a gelling/thickening agent to form a uniform consistency. The commonly used natural thickeners include xanthan gum, sclerotium gum or seaweed extract.
The popular thickening agent called Carbomer found in aloe vera gels is petroleum-derived, so stay away if you prefer using plant-based cosmetics only.
5. Packaging and Shelf Life
The shelf life of the aloe vera gel generally varies from 6-24 months. When it comes to packaging, a squeeze-tube or bottle although hard to upcycle is hygienic and easier to use.
But most brands sell aloe vera gel in plastic or glass jars. So use a clean spoon to scoop out the product and avoid contamination.
The Best & Pure Aloe Vera Gel in India
Here are some Indian brands you can trust to find pure aloe vera gel.
I have personally used Rustic Art and Bon Organics and find both of them both equally wonderful.
If you want to buy aloe vera gel in bulk, Bonsoul offers it in a pouch packaging for 400 grams(on Amazon) and 1kg(on their website).
Comment below which brand do you prefer for buying aloe vera gel?
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