Say hello to our new Aloe Jellies! Well, they’re the same product you know and love… only better. We reformulated our Aloe Jellies with cleaner ingredients while making some improvements that include adding rich plant extracts that will nourish and condition the skin. Let’s look at why these improved Aloe Jellies have everything you want in body care, and nothing you don’t.
Our Aloe Jellies are amazing for a number of reasons. Aloe nourishes the skin, is exceptionally soothing (especially on irritation), and gentle for even the most sensitive skin. But to make aloe a carrier for essential oils, it also needs emulsifiers and preservatives to make sure the essential oils are properly dispersed and that the product doesn’t go bad. While the original formula accomplished all of these things, we wanted to make it even cleaner by using only natural or nature-identical emulsifiers and preservatives. And by adding a few extra plant extracts, we were able to amp up the skin-nourishing goodness.
All of the ingredients in our new formula are compliant to Whole Foods Basic and have been deemed safe by the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org/skindeep).
All of the Good
Aloe Vera really is the star of the show! It is rich in vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids, all of which help make it so amazing for the skin. It can help calm irritated or itchy skin, whether its a bug bite or rash. It’s also a go-to when it comes to sunburns (or regular burns) for helping cool and soothe the tender skin. Aloe acts as an excellent overall moisturizer and helps bind moisture to the skin. And since it is so gentle, it’s great for even the most sensitive of skin.
The additions of Dandelion, Wild Geranium, Gotu Kola and Horsetail extracts bring extra nourishment to our new Aloe Jellies. All four of these plant extracts are rich in antioxidants, which help calm and revitalize dull skin. These extracts are also powerful skin conditioners. When combined with Aloe Vera, the result is a gentle and hydrating Aloe Jelly that will soothe dry, irritated skin. Plus our Aloe Jellies are still available in Unscented (which allows you to add your own essential oils) or Lavender (already infused with Lavender essential oil).
All of the Ingredients
Ingredient labels can be an intimidating place. Even if a product is natural, the names of the ingredients may be unrecognizable and unpronounceable. And because we want you to know exactly what you’re getting with our new Aloe Jellies, we’ll go through each ingredient so you know what exactly you’re putting on your bodies.
- Aqua: Also known as water! In this case, deionized water.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids that nourish and moisturize the skin.
- Hydroxyethylcellulose: A plant-derived amino acid, it is used as a thickening agent.
- Carrageenan: Also called Irish Moss, this edible seaweed is used for thickening, gelling and stabilizing.
- Ethylhexylglycerin: This food-grade preservative is synthetically derived from vegetable glycerin. It is nature-identical, which means it is chemically identical to the molecule found in nature.
- Potassium Sorbate: Another nature-identical ingredient, it is the potassium salt of sorbic acid and is used primarily as a safe, food-grade non-formaldehyde preservative.
- Sodium Benzoate: Also nature-identical, it is a safe, food-grade non-formaldehyde preservative produced when benzoic acid, which is found naturally in some fruits and spices, is combined with sodium hydroxide.
- Geranium Maculatum Extract: Wild Geranium Extract.
- Centella Asiatica Extract: Gotu Kola Extract.
- Taraxacum Officinale Extract: Dandelion Extract.
- Equisetum Arvense Extract: Horsetail Extract, also known as Spotted Cranesbill.
But What About Muscle Aloe Jelly?
Once we started the reformulation process, it quickly became apparent that Muscle Aloe Jelly would be more of a challenge. Instead of waiting until all the reformulations were complete, we wanted to make our amazing clean formulas for Unscented and Lavender available right away. We are still working tirelessly to create the Muscle Aloe Jelly you know and love with cleaner ingredients.
So you can make an informed decision, the two ingredients we are working to replace are Triethanolamine (TEA) and Tetrasodium EDTA. Tetrasodium is not a Whole Foods compliant ingredient. And although Triethanolamine is a Whole Foods compliant ingredient, it’s not the most desirable as it can cause irritation. It’s also important to note that while these ingredients present issues, you’ll commonly find them in body care products. They are very strong agents for emulsifying, adjusting pH, and/or chelating. You can read the EWG Rating for both these ingredients and ultimately decide what is best for you and your family.
Above all, remember that we would never sell anything to our customers that we think would be potentially harmful when used appropriately. While we feel you can safely use this product, please know we are working to find a better formula with cleaner ingredients.