Aloe, a sturdy succulent that grows in warm climates, is one of the most well known ingredients in natural skin care. Its cooling, moisturizing properties make it popular in formulations that are meant to soothe, quench, and replenish dry or damaged skin and hair. It is often found in sunburn treatments, calming masks, and hair gels. Aloe ingredients are widely varied in texture, solubility, and shelf life. Here’s an overview of popular Aloe ingredients.
Aloe Vera Gel is the simplest of Aloe ingredients, being plainly juice from the plant. Contrary to the name, Aloe Vera Gel actually has a consistency closer to water than to jelly. Aloe Vera Gel makes a great substitute for water in most aqueous formulations. Try using Aloe Vera Gel in facial masks, lotions, creams, hair gels, hair sprays, rinses, conditioners, and toners. Aloe Vera Gel has a shelf life of around one year, but like water, it is susceptible to contamination, so treat it with care, and use preservatives accordingly.
Aloe Moist is a form of Aloe Gel that has been formulated (with the help of additives) into a thick, viscous jelly. It boasts the similar properties as Aloe Vera Gel, but can be used in s different range of formulations. It is popular for use in body glitter or cooling gels, hair gels, and fragrance gels.
Aloe Vera Leaf Powder is dried and pulverized Aloe Leaves. It is not soluble in water, but makes a nice exfoliant for soaps, scrubs, and facials. Aloe Vera Leaf Powder can also be used to create oil or water infusions.
Aloe Vera Butter is a combination of Aloe Extract and Coconut Oil. This unique ingredient allows the inclusion of Aloe properties into oil based formulations such as body butters, and lip balms. It can also be used as the oil phase of emulsion formulas such as lotions or creams. Another great way to use Aloe Butter is in cold process soap making. Aloe Butter will behave similarly to Coconut Oil in soap, but it does have its own unique SAP value.
Shealoe Butter is made from a combination of Shea Butter and Aloe Vera Juice. This specially created ingredient has a very unique texture. Shealoe Butter is light and fluffy, and melts immediately on the skin. It is a pleasure to use as is, or can be incorporated into a wide range of formulations including scrubs, lotions, body butters and more.
Aloe Vera Oil is similar in nature to Aloe Vera Butter, as it consists of Aloe Extract and a carrier oil. In this case, the carrier oil is Soybean. Aloe Vera Oil can be used in oil based formulas as well as emulsions, and makes a great addition to cold process soaps. Use Aloe Vera Oil in scrubs, body butters, balms, creams, massage oils, and more.
Spray Dried Aloe Vera Leaf Powder is a dehydrated form of Aloe Vera Gel. It comes in two concentrations, 100x and 200x. It can be added to dry formulations such as milk baths, powders, and facial cleanser mixes, or it can be reconstituted with water, hydrosol, or other aqueous ingredients. After reconstitution, Spray Dried Aloe Vera Leaf Powder can be used similarly to Aloe Vera Gel.