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Welcome to our big aloe vera gel test 2021. Here we present the aloe vera gel that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find out whether and which aloe vera gel is the right one for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an aloe vera gel.




Summary

  • Aloe vera gel is extracted from the leaf pulp of the aloe vera plant - and has more than 200 ingredients with many beneficial properties.
  • Pure aloe vera gel can be used in many ways - as skin care, hair care, for internal use or as a valuable ingredient for many DIY cosmetics.
  • With aloe vera gel, quality is particularly important, because poor quality products can have serious health consequences.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying aloe vera gel

What is aloe vera gel?

Aloe vera is a lily plant that grows in desert areas. It consists of 3 components: Leaf bark, leaf sap and leaf pulp. The aloe vera gel used in many cosmetic products is extracted from the leaf pulp.

The aloe vera plant is also called "desert lily" and there are about 300 different species. (Image source: unsplash.com / Stanislav Kondratiev)

However, this aloe vera gel can not only be used as an ingredient in cosmetics, it also brings many benefits as a stand-alone product - for example, it has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, antibacterial, cooling, circulation-stimulating and moisturising effects.

Please note: There are about 300 different species of aloe, but only one "real" aloe vera.

What are the applications for aloe vera gel?

Aloe vera has been used and appreciated as a medicinal plant for thousands of years, and many of its alleged effects have now been proven in studies. Its many properties give it a wide range of possible applications.

Used externally, aloe vera is effective in healing wounds, fighting inflammation (including gum inflammation) and skin diseases such as dermatitis or herpes, insect bites, sunburn and other minor burns, joint pain and dry skin.

The hair can also benefit from the moisturising properties of aloe vera and is additionally supplied with vitamin E. The hair is strengthened and at the same time it is protected from the effects of the sun. The hair is strengthened and even cleansed, itchy scalp is combated and hair loss is prevented.

Who is Aloe Vera Gel suitable for?

In principle, aloe vera gel is suitable for everyone! However, the medicinal plant is also said to be particularly gentle - perhaps due to its cooling effect - which is why the gel is also suitable for people with sensitive skin or severe skin irritations (e.g. due to wounds, burns, dermatitis, etc.).

What types of aloe vera gel are there?

One cannot necessarily speak of different types of aloe vera gel, but rather of types of aloe gel. The most commonly used aloe species for gel used in cosmetics is the aloe vera or also called "real aloe".

However, Aloe Barbadensis Miller, Aloe Capensis, Aloe Ferox and Aloe Arborescens are also approved as medicinal plants and are therefore used in some cosmetics. However, these are not declared as aloe vera gel.

What do the percentages of aloe vera gel mean?

Many aloe vera gel products are labelled with a percentage. This indicates the percentage of aloe vera gel contained in the product. The lower the percentage, the more additional ingredients are contained - mostly artificial variants of the substances naturally present in aloe vera gel in order to increase their concentration, or additional substances that are intended to support a certain effect or change the consistency.

It is rather difficult to determine standards at these percentages - however, one speaks of "pure" aloe vera gel from approx. 90%.

The pulp of the aloe vera leaves consists of more than 200 different ingredients - 96-99% of which is water. (Picture source: pixabay.com / casellesingold)

How much does aloe vera gel cost?

According to our research, aloe vera gel products are generally priced up to about 45€. It is important to note that no categorisation has been made here yet.

Possible categorisations can be made on the basis of the percentage of pure aloe vera gel (from approx. 50-100%), on the basis of the filling quantity (e.g. up to 100 ml, up to 200ml, up to 500ml, etc.), on the basis of the packaging form (jar, glass, tube, bottle with pump dispenser, etc.).

In our price overview, we have decided to fall back on the categorisation in filling quantities and to only consider products listed as aloe vera gel - no products such as creams, masks or toothpastes that contain aloe vera gel.

type price range
to 100ml approx. 4 - 17€
to 250ml approx. 6 - 20€
to 400ml approx. 7 - 22€
to 500ml approx. 9 - 35€

What alternatives are there?

Besides the gel of the aloe vera plant, other aloe species are also considered medicinal plants - for example, Aloe Barbadensis Miller or Aloe Ferox. These can sometimes have different properties than aloe vera or are less powerful in their effect.

Other alternatives to aloe vera gel would be to use other aloe vera products for external application. This could be aloe vera juice, concentrate or oil. It should be noted that aloe vera concentrate should only be used in diluted form as an ingredient in homemade cosmetics.

Decision: What types of Aloe Vera gels are there and which one is right for you?

What is 90-100% aloe vera gel and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

As already mentioned above, aloe vera gel is considered "pure" if it is 90% or more. As a rule, such gels do not contain any additives that are supposed to influence the effect. Instead, water, emulsifiers or similar are added or artificial vitamin C for preservation purposes.

Due to the high gel content, however, the risk of an aloe vera allergy is also higher. And unfortunately, it is not possible to avoid having to study the ingredients carefully - because you can still run the risk of getting a product with whole aloe vera leaves that is harmful to your health.

Advantages
  • Particularly high aloe vera content
  • Often more vitamin C
  • High water content
  • Usually odourless
  • All-round talent aloe vera
Disadvantages
  • Higher allergy risk
  • Possibly whole aloe vera leaves processed
  • Low shelf life

What is 50-89% aloe vera gel and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Aloe vera gels with less than 90% aloe vera gel content usually have substances added that are supposed to influence the effect in a certain direction. For example, the anti-inflammatory effect or the moisturising property of aloe vera.

The lower the aloe vera content in the gel, the lower the risk of allergy. Usually, the proportion of preservatives is significantly higher here and a deviating consistency and a distinct scent are also more likely than with pure gels.

Advantages
  • Less risk of allergies
  • Suitable for certain applications
  • Longer shelf life
Disadvantages
  • Quality defects more likely
  • More preservatives
  • Different consistency possible
  • Distinct fragrance possible

Buying criteria: You can use these criteria to compare and evaluate different aloe vera gels

In the following, I will show you which aspects you can use to decide on a body scrub or an alternative.

In summary, these are:

  • Ingredients
  • Compatibility
  • Price-performance ratio
  • Promised effect

Ingredients

It is now known that aloe vera consists of more than 200 ingredients.

About 96-99% of these are water, which leaves only a very small concentration for the other 199+ ingredients. However, most researchers are of the opinion that this is not so important - as it is probably the combination of substances that makes aloe vera effective.

The most important ingredients are the poly- and monosaccharides, various vitamins and minerals, many amino acids and enzymes and secondary plant compounds. We will briefly introduce a few of the most important ones.

Ingredient Description
Poly- and monosaccharides Sugar in the form of carbohydrates. The most important, Alemannic, is said to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects, for example. Up to puberty, it is even produced by the body itself.
Vitamins and minerals These include, for example, vitamins A, C and E, folic acid, potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc.
Amino acids 8 of the essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body itself. About 7 of them are contained in aloe vera gel - e.g. lysine, cysteine, proline and leucine.
Enzymes catalase, cellulase, amylase, peroxidase and many other enzymes break down pathogens, support the duplication of genetic material, have an anti-inflammatory effect and stimulate the immune system.
Secondary plant substances e.g. essential oils and tannins, which have an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, anthraquinones, which are natural laxatives, and salicylic acid, which has an analgesic effect.

Tolerance

The gel of the aloe vera plant is generally considered to be very well tolerated. In rare cases, it can cause allergies that trigger skin irritation - which is ironic in a way, since the gel of aloe vera is also often used to relieve contact allergy symptoms.

Price-performance ratio

The price range for aloe vera gels is quite wide, as you can see in our price analysis. Since quality is a particularly important factor with aloe vera gel, it is better to invest a few euros more and not necessarily look for the cheapest product.

Thanks to the many positive properties of aloe vera gel, however, the product has a very wide range of possible applications and its special consistency makes it very economical.

Thus, one can say that a somewhat higher price of 20-30€ is quite appropriate for this "all-round talent".

The cross-section reveals the interesting structure of the aloe vera leaf. (Image source: pixabay.com / MetsikGarden)

Promised effect

Since aloe vera gel is a natural substance, two things are important to note:

Firstly, you should not expect a miracle effect. First results can only be expected with regular use over a longer period of time - of at least 1-2 months, maybe longer).

Secondly, the quality of the product must be right in order to achieve the best possible effect. There are many aloe vera gels on the market that are of poor quality, some made from whole aloe vera leaves instead of just the leaf pulp for cost reasons.

Facts worth knowing about aloe vera gel

What helps if aloe vera gel causes skin irritation?

If your skin reacts to the use of aloe vera gel or products containing aloe vera gel with any form of skin irritation, you should stop using it immediately.

Check the ingredients listed on the package to see if there is any indication of whether whole aloe leaves were used or really just the gel. Also, which aloe plant was used can be helpful in narrowing down the cause of your problems

What are the benefits of taking aloe vera juice?

Aloe vera juice is not the pure aloe vera gel - it is not suitable for ingestion as it is not clear whether it is safe to use.

Special aloe vera drinks or juices are produced for drinking. When taking aloe vera juice, the diluted gel contained in it has a calming effect and can reduce stress. It can provide relief from gastrointestinal complaints, have a positive effect on the digestive system, strengthen the immune system and detoxify the body.

When is it better not to use aloe vera gel?

In addition to its many positive effects on the body, aloe vera also contains an ingredient that can be very harmful: Aloin or also called Aloe Emodin. This is an anthraquinone, i.e. a natural laxative. Aloin is found in the bark of the aloe vera leaves.

If the product contains whole, unpeeled aloe vera leaves, you should not buy it. This is often the case with poor quality products. Besides the short-term laxative effect, consuming too much aloin can even be toxic.

According to a re-evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), aloin can be both carcinogenic and mutagenic.

Picture source: 123rf.com / subbotina

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