This, Not That: Aloe Jelly Edition - Naturally Blended

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This, Not That: Aloe Jelly Edition

aloe jelly

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.

 

Why Reformulate?

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).

Plant Therapy Aloe Jelly

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).

Lavender and Unscented Aloe Jellies

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.

muscle aloe jelly

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. 

 

Aloe Jelly DIYs

95 thoughts on “This, Not That: Aloe Jelly Edition”

  1. thank you for sharing this information. I can’t wait until your done with the muscle aloe jelly. me and my husband use that one daily. he evan got his mom in Florida buying it.

  2. Thank you, Plant Therapy, for striving to have the cleanest possible ingredients in your products. That’s important to your customers!

  3. I love aloes so much, I literally have them in all different sizes and areas of my yard and home. They are truly an amazing plant with incredible healing properties. They grow flowers that feed hummingbirds too . The fact that PTs aloe jellies contain dandelion and all these other amazing and NATURAL healing plants makes it a must for me to try!

  4. Thank you so much for the information; very hard to find companies that are transparent with their customers. This makes me feel even more confident in purchasing your oils. I will continue to recommend Plant Therapy to my friends.

  5. Great to learn about all the uses of aloe, and I appreciate reading about each ingredient in your products. Thanks!

  6. It is so refreshing to find a company that works so hard to continue to better their products in a POSITIVE manner. As someone who has a family full of sensitive skin and eczema, it is exciting to hear there are natural and clean options to help. Thanks for the continuous hardwork.

  7. Love the muscle aloe jelly and am planning getting the unscented aloe jelly during JCAM. So looking forward to using this product.

  8. Thank you, PT, for showing other companies what true transparency looks like and setting the tone for consumer based informed choices. Look forward to trying the muscle jelly when done!

  9. These look great! Feeling like I should have some on hand for the summer with three little boys who run wild as much as they can outside all summer!

  10. Love this! Is it ok to add other EO’s to the lavender aloe jelly? Or would that raise the percentage too high? Thanks for making great products!

    1. The Lavender is diluted to 1% in the Aloe Jelly. So while there is room to add other EOs, it would probably only be necessary for acute situations as 1% is ideal for everyday use.

  11. Never tried the aloe jelly. I will now. Working in a hospital I wash and hand sanitize at least every 15 minutes ormore. Hands get so dry. Hopefully this will help.

    1. Hi Amanda, we have a recipe for DIY hand sanitizer on our blog. Your hand sanitizer will need at least 60% alcohol. And we also recommend using an immersion blender or mixer to combine the ingredients.

  12. I Shall Most Definitely Try! 4‍♀️Me This Is A HurryUp & Buy!
    All Of The Ingredients IncludedAre Essentially Powerful!

  13. I’ve been using the Muscle Aloe Jelly since last August. It works like magic for sore muscles. I’m glad to hear it is still available. It has a pleasing scent & it works every time!

  14. I’m an Aesthetician and Aloe is definitely an important product to have in my backbar to calm the skin. Especially after waxing! This looks lovely

  15. Wow I am really excited to try this especially with summer right around the corner! My daughter has very sensitive skin and hopefully this does the trick with bug bites and sunburn!!

  16. I am new to ordering from here but have tried the germ fighter and I love it. I just ordered more oils can’t wait to try them

  17. Aloe vera is wonderful! Highly recommend trying. I have had horrible sunburns in the past, applied aloe and no pain the next day! I keep some on hand for all types of burns.

  18. According to Cornucopia (and many other reputable sources) carrageenan in food is not safe.

    See (https://www.cornucopia.org/)
    (https://www.cornucopia.org/2012/05/shopping-guide-to-avoiding-organic-foods-with-carrageenan/)
    “Carrageenan is a common food additive extracted from red seaweed. For the past four decades, scientists have warned that the use of carrageenan in food is not safe. Animal studies have repeatedly shown that food-grade carrageenan causes gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors.
    In the past decade, researchers have successfully identified several ways in which food-grade carrageenan causes harm.
    The chemical structure of carrageenan – unique chemical bonds not found in other seaweeds or gums – affects the body in several ways. Most notably, it triggers an immune reaction, which leads to inflammation in the gastrointestinal system. Prolonged inflammation is a precursor to more serious diseases, including cancer.”

    I know you would say that Aloe Jellies is a skin product not the food. However, I believe the skin product should be as safe as the food we consume. I am not an expert and could be wrong, but I think if carrageenan in the food triggers an immune reaction, it could do the same when it used on our skin.

  19. I am very interested in the new product. I’m so glad you let me know about it.Very informative. I love PT.!!

  20. This will have to go on my to buy list! Do you know if it will work on eczema? We have been using Hemp Oil and that seems to help but the Aloe Jellies look like I can use more ways. Thanks

    1. Hi Debbie, Aloe is very moisturizing and is great for irritated skin! You may find it helps with eczema.

  21. Thank you for a very informative article. I’ve not used the aloe jellies yet, but see some in my future as my aging skin needs more moisture.

  22. I love the extra nourishing clean ingredients in this new line! This is wonderful and I will be sure to check them out! Aloe is often in our family’s list of must haves.

  23. I love how transparent this article is, Thank You for the information. I do have a question though, Is this safe for kids with eczema for everyday use?

        1. Hi Ann, we will no longer be adding KidSafe to any products that aren’t essential oils, including body care products. As we create a new body care product, we continually keep in mind how the product is going to be used, necessary dilution rates, and any additional concerns regarding the finished product. By the time it becomes available to you, we feel confident you can use it safely around you and your family. If we have any additional concerns, we will note it on the product itself. However, we understand some parents may decide to use the essential oil safety guidelines for all our products and we will provide ample information so our customers can make educated decisions regarding their family.

  24. Yes! Thank you Pt for your continued work to bring the best to all of us. I appreciate the transparency of the company so much. I cant wait to try the new formula. The lavender sounds lovely.

  25. Thanks so much for being an awesome company that strives for the best for its customers! This is some really good information!

  26. I can’t wait to try the new formula! I loved the old formula and I’m so happy that PT is continuously looking for ways to use cleaner ingredients.

  27. This product sounds great! I was wondering, though, if I am able to use this jelly along with my Nuface system?

  28. I’m thrilled that you have reformulated your Aloe jellies. I got a lavender aloe jelly from you when you offered a special and was disappointed at the ingredients list. I look forward to trying your new formulas.

    Thank you!

  29. Wow, thanks for all the great educational info! I can’t wait to try the new aloe jellies – you just keep improving on your already great products! The DIYs are always appreciated too!

  30. Totally amazing! This bog is exactly the kind of information I am looking for when I purchase a product! When the new hand sanitizer came out, I had to contact Customer Service to get an understanding of the long list of ingredients. She gave me an ingredient break down just like this blog. Which made me more confidant in my purchase. Unfortunately, the hand sanitizer was sold out before I could get any, lol! I have to be careful with the ingredients because I get Contact Dermatitis from too many chemicals in a product, especially alcohol and petroleum. So this blog was great! Thank you Plant Therapy for all the wonderful stuff you do! This is why I chose this company and will stick with it! Your company has been a life changer for me!

    1. Hi Sheila, any specific percentages regarding our formula are proprietary. But rest assured, Aloe is the second ingredient and really is the star of the show in our Aloe Jellies!

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