Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Sulphite.
Originally recommended by Adria Vasil on her Now Magazine column, I was surprised to find this at a natural food store not far from my house. I hadn’t seen it elsewhere in the city at all, so I had despaired that I would ever get to try this brand. It’s pricey, the quality is great. I wouldn’t buy this if you’re the type of person who uses large quantities of aloe vera. But if you only use it once in a while, why not? This is as close to fresh aloe vera gel as you can get if you don’t own an aloe plant. I’m usually a plant killer so for me this would be the best option that is one step away from 100% natural. The gel looks the way you would expect it to if harvested fresh from an aloe plant. It’s a goey, almost translucent greyish-white and it’s practically scentless, as fresh aloe is meant to be. I use aloe vera on my skin as well as hair and it feels cool, soothing, and smoothing. It works well in my DIY Leave-in to hydrate my dry scalp. If I get too much sun (which is a rare occurance) it soothes my sun parched skin. There are still thickeners and preservatives in this aloe vera gel, but they are safe ones.
Have you ever tried Avivir Aloe Vera?