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Best aloe vera gel (chemical free): Dermatologist review

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 23/05/17

I love using aloe vera gel not only for myself but for my patients as well. Though aloe vera extracted at home is best, but it goes stale without refrigeration. Therefore, began my search for the best aloe vera gel available in the market.

I scanned the ingredient list of common brands of aloe vera gel available in India and then US, UK, Canada. To my surprise, many popular brands (especially in India) have chemical ingredients, in the form of preservative, colours, thickeners or additives. I am sure you would not like to put a chemical on your skin under the cover of a natural product.

Read this article, to find out the best chemical-free aloe vera gel!


Here are some tips to find the best aloe vera gel:

  • Percentage of aloe vera: Though100% purity is not possible, nothing less than 95% should satisfy you. Why is 100 % not possible? Because preservatives, colours, thickeners, and other additives are added to pure aloe vera gel to improve its shelf life and appearance.

  • Thick or thin consistency: Pure aloe vera gel has a thin consistency. Most companies add a thickener like seaweed(safest), xanthan(safer), carbomer (safe, but synthetic), to make the consistency thicker. I have listed the thickeners present in the aloe vera gel in the tables given below.

  • Preservatives: As already explained aloe vera will go stale without preservatives. Therefore, you can choose the one with safer preservatives like TLC, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate, etc

  • Colour: You should avoid colour additives. If aloe vera gel is green and NOT transparent, then do not buy it!

  • Fragrances: Avoid aloe vera gel with a lot of fragrance additives. However, your gel should not smell stale, despite the absence of fragrances.

Best aloe vera gel in India

Look at this table and decide yourself:

Brand

Remarks

Where to buy?

Rustic art This is chemical-free aloe vera gel that has natural preservatives. Please check my full review by clicking on, Rustic Art Aloe vera gel: Dermatocare reviews Amazon.in

Patanjali

I do not recommend this brand because it has chemicals.

Don't buy

Biocare 

I do not recommend this brand because the full ingredient list is not mentioned.

Don't buy

Brihans Green Leaf 

I do not recommend this brand because it has chemicals.

Don't buy

Seven minerals

It is pure aloe vera gel with sodium benzoate as preservative, but it is expensive.

Amazon.in

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel

I do not recommend this brand because it has chemicals.

Don't buy

 

Best aloe vera gel in the US

The table given below shows the comparison of top-selling brands of aloe vera gel on amazon.com:

Brand % Aloe vera Thickner Preservative Packing Quantity

Check price 

(affiliate links)

Earth's Daughter cold-pressed, 99.75% organic Xanthan Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Tinted Flip Bottle 12 oz Amazon.com
Green Leaf Naturals 99.75% certified organic Aloe Vera Gel. Xanthan Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Tinted Flip Bottle 8 oz Amazon.com
Seven Minerals Certified Organic Aloe Vera (99.75%) Seaweed extract (natural thickener) Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate Tinted Flip Bottle 12 oz Amazon.com
Art natural Mentions 100 % Natural Aloe Vera, but has other ingredients. Xanthan Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Tinted Pump Bottle 12 oz Amazon.com
Amara Organic Certified Organic Aloe Vera (99.75%), Xanthan Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate White flip bottle 8 oz Amazon.com
Radha Beauty Organic Aloe Vera Fillet Carbomer Vitamin C Tinted pump bottle 8 oz Amazon.com
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel Cant find Carbomer 940, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea (harmful ingredients) Transparent pump bottle 24 oz Amazon.com

 

 

Best aloe vera gel in the UK

The table given below shows the comparison of top-selling brands of aloe vera gel on amazon.co.uk:

BRAND NAME

Aloe vera

Thickener

Preservative

Packing

Quantity

Check price 

(affiliate links)

Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera 

  99.9% bio-   active aloe   vera

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

Panthenol,Disodium EDTA,Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate,Benzoic Acid 

Tube

 200ml

Amazon.co.uk

 Naissance

Not pure aloe vera has water and glycerine also

Carbomer


Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, Glycerin, Carbomer, 

Tinted Flip Bottle

8 oz

Amazon.co.uk

Seven Minerals

Certified Organic Aloe Vera (99.75%),

Seaweed extract (natural thickener),

Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate,

Tinted Flip Bottle

12 oz

Amazon.co.uk

Art natural

Menations 100 % Natural Aloe Vera, but has other ingredients.

Xanthan

Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate,

Tinted Flip Bottle

12 oz

Amazon.co.uk

Amara Organic

Certified Organic Aloe Vera (99.75%),

Xanthan

Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate

White flip bottle

8 oz

Amazon.co.uk

Radha Beauty

Organic Aloe Vera Fillet

Carbomer

Vitamin C

Tinted pump bottle

8 oz

Amazon.co.uk

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel

Cant find

Carbomer 940,

Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea (harmful ingredients)

Transparent pump bottle

24 oz

Amazon.co.uk

 

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