Aloe Vera Gel

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I'm thinking about getting some Aloe Vera Gel to add to my FSG batches. However, I'm looking for something that is JUST AVG, but for some reason, there are always some other ingredients added. I'm wondering what ingredients I should definitely avoid.

Just an example: there's AVG available in a store here that has these ingredients, and says it's 98% AO.

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis, Alcohol Denat., Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Parfum, Trisodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Eugenol.

Would anyone buy that or stay away from it?
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Alcohol Denat is the second ingredient, which is a drying alcohol, so I vote no.

US-based curlies buy food-grade AVG... a popular brand is Fruit of the Earth. If I remember correctly you're located in the Netherlands? I don't know what would be available there. Have you tried iHerb?
Ah how silly, how could I have missed the alcohol?

I'm going to look into Fruit of the Earth. I have no idea whether it's available in store, and surprisingly, iHerb doesn't offer it, but Amazon does, so in the worst case scenario I have to order it there. I'm planning on placing a big order at Amazon anyway because I want to try Jessicurls Rockin' Ringlets (for when I'm travelling) and CJ Repair Me! (much cheaper getting it there than here in the Netherlands, even though it is available). Might as well add the Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera.

I really should look into alcohols again. The fatty and the drying ones...
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FYI You can also squeeze the aloe out of a plant easily. You just cut off part of a leaf and squeeze. The plant grows, so it's a renewable resource. My mom had aloe plant instead of buying aloe. They're almost impossible to kill.

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Last edited by Jessiebanana; 06-08-2013 at 03:49 AM.
Jessiebanana, that's a great idea as well! I'm not good at keeping plants unless I can eat or use them for something (because then I remember for some reason) so getting an Aloe Vera plant is not a bad idea. Good thing that I still have to get groceries today, so I'll be walking through the shopping street (I live in the centre of the city).
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Oh my. Impossible to kill and they love the sun! Exactly what I need. I realise I'm overexcited because of a plant right now.
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I'm thinking about getting some Aloe Vera Gel to add to my FSG batches. However, I'm looking for something that is JUST AVG, but for some reason, there are always some other ingredients added. I'm wondering what ingredients I should definitely avoid.

Just an example: there's AVG available in a store here that has these ingredients, and says it's 98% AO.

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis, Alcohol Denat., Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Parfum, Trisodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Eugenol.

Would anyone buy that or stay away from it?
Originally Posted by Lauraimes
The preservatives I get, but why add water, alcohol and fragrant oils (which are also sensitizers)? Just a heads up, the FOTE has lots of preservatives and junk too. Your best bet is to search iHerb for 100% aloe gel sold as food grade but anything without preservatives would have to be refrigerated. The plant itself is an alternative but just know that the gel is not as easy to squeeze out as one might think, it is fairly slow growing and it has sharp spike type things along the edges of the leaves.
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Aloe is about the easiest plant to keep- they won't die unless they don't get enough sun, or they get cold.

I have the fruit of the earth in a big bottle with a pump. It has preservatives, so not 100% AVG, but close enough. Aubrey organics, Jason, and lily of the valley are others.

Most of the curl enhancers I like are aloe based. I use it to tame frizzies, and on the rare days I do 2nd day hair. I also use it on sun burn. Love the stuff!
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Last edited by chloe92us; 06-08-2013 at 06:58 AM.
In the published literature allergic reactions to aloe vera are linked to those who use whole leaf gel fresh from a plant or who drink whole leaf juice regularly, there are few to no reported reactions to standardised inner leaf gel which is the extract that has been studied at length and proven highly active.

Case studies on contact dermatitis from fresh aloe
http://repositorio.chporto.pt/bitstr...loe%20vera.pdf
http://www.desertharvest.com/physici...ents/HB-16.pdf
Case study I don't have access to
ScienceDirect.com - Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology - Urticaria due to aloe vera: a new sensitizer?
Hypersensitivity from consistent oral and topical use
JAMA Network | JAMA Dermatology | Hypersensitivity to Aloe

From 2005, edited for brevity
"Aloe vera has been used as a cosmetic and medical remedy since ancient times and has gained increasing popularity in recent years. Despite its widespread use, reports of allergic reactions are rare. We patch tested 702 consecutive patients with an oily extract from the leaves, Aloe pulvis from the entire plant and concentrated Aloe vera gel ... None of the subjects showed any reaction to one of the preparations. 2 components of the plant have to be distinguished: the bark of the leaves contains anthrachinones with pro-peristaltic and potential antibiotic and anticancer properties. Constraints have been imposed due to their considerable toxic potential. Today, mostly the Aloe gel from the center of the leaves is processed. It almost exclusively consists of carbohydrates to which also many medical effects have been attributed. Carbohydrates are not likely to induce contact sensitization, which might explain the outcome of our study. "
Absence of contact sensitization to Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f. - Reider - 2005 - Contact Dermatitis - Wiley Online Library

Furthermore the gel and juice you can purchase has been stabilised which you cannot do at home, that means aloe's enzymes are not breaking down it's own actives as fast as fast as you can wield your knife. Enzymes are also proteins, ie. potential allergens. Preserving aloe extract is more complex than just bacteria or fungal growth.

HTH.
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Thanks for all the replies!

Firefox, I'm going to read the articles as we read. I have sensitive skin and I don't want to irritate it any further. So far I haven't noticed any problems with aloe vera in the products I have, but I want to do some proper research before acting.
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I'm thinking about getting some Aloe Vera Gel to add to my FSG batches. However, I'm looking for something that is JUST AVG, but for some reason, there are always some other ingredients added. I'm wondering what ingredients I should definitely avoid.

Just an example: there's AVG available in a store here that has these ingredients, and says it's 98% AO.

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis, Alcohol Denat., Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Parfum, Trisodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Eugenol.

Would anyone buy that or stay away from it?
Originally Posted by Lauraimes
The preservatives I get, but why add water, alcohol and fragrant oils (which are also sensitizers)? Just a heads up, the FOTE has lots of preservatives and junk too. Your best bet is to search iHerb for 100% aloe gel sold as food grade but anything without preservatives would have to be refrigerated. The plant itself is an alternative but just know that the gel is not as easy to squeeze out as one might think, it is fairly slow growing and it has sharp spike type things along the edges of the leaves.
Originally Posted by Lynaea
It's still very easy. There is a lot of middle leaf space. You can use your hands and since she's putting this in FSG I can't imagine she needs more than few ounces at a time. It's just an alternative.

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