Our favorite ingredient is aloe vera. It is one of those ingredients that can do anything and everything. It feels like heaven is massaging your face with its cooling yet gentle touch. I use aloe vera daily. My skin is dehydrated and sensitive so I use aloe vera gel to soothe and nourish my face before moisturizing (usually day and night and many times in between). I also use aloe vera gel to soothe skin irritation (waxing, I’m looking at you). And, of course, I love our aloe vera based mouthwash and hand sanitizer.
Aloe vera is a plant. Its thick, fleshy leaves contain a gel made of water mixed wth nutrients and a sap called aloe latex. Known as the “plant of immortality” by the Egyptians, aloe vera is beneficial for your skin, hair and health and can be grown indoors in a pot.
Aloe vera gel is commonly used to heal wounds or soothe skin burns. It can also be used to treat inflammation on the face, promote hair growth and reduce dandruff. It contains over 75 nutrients including antioxidants that can hydrate and firm skin. Aloe vera juice is also good for digestion and constipation and promotes “good gut” bacteria.
With so many effective properties, aloe vera is constantly on our minds during product development. And it continues to surprise us. When we first found the recipe for aloe vera juice mouthwash, I was doubtful. It seemed akin to some recommendation your grandparents give you after spending too much time in a Patanjali store. But once I rinsed my mouth post an onion and garlic Indian meal, I was shocked. I swept my tongue over all my teeth and was greeted with smooth, clean surfaces and clean breath. Not sharp, scary, spearmint breath but just clean freshness. (My mouth also thanked me for not putting it through the 30 seconds of burning mouthwash hell.)
The reason aloe vera juice is so effective at cleaning is because aloe vera has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. It has been researched as a chemical-free alternative to cure and prevent oral disease.
For similar reasons, we use aloe vera gel in our hand sanitizer. It not only contributes its antibacterial skills to the product but also nourishes and moisturizes the skin (matching perfectly with our philosophy of helping our skin, not punishing it for being dirty!).
My love for aloe vera only increases (for which the sky is the limit). Personally, I plan to test aloe vera gel as a hair mask to promote hair growth and soothe my dry scalp (I am addicted to hot showers) by mixing it with coconut oil and tea tree essential oil. Grinding Stone also plans to expand its product line to include aloe shampoo bars and pure aloe vera gel.
I highly recommend experimenting with aloe vera. It simply cannot disappoint. Regardless of which channel you use to explore this ingredient, remember to check the labels and ensure that the product contains pure aloe vera (fragrance and chemical free) to truly experience its natural benefits.