I've never considered Aloe Vera a humectant myself but I'm having too many up an down days with AOMM to be sure now. Its nothing but AVG and herbs. I personally think its moisturizing but not water attracting.

I think Paula's site gives very good information. More inclusive than anything found on the internets beside this one that uses info from the FDA. http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/index.php

I use both to bounce information off of each other. I also don't see anything wrong with silicones. There are not the devil. If your on the CG routine though they can build up big time which is why you should avoid them.
4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils