100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel: Does Totally Pure Aloe Vera Gel Exist?

These five little words - 100% pure aloe vera gel - conjures up a whole lot of goodness. We can almost feel the cool, soothing relief of one of Mother Nature's greatest, natural healers.

We all know this feeling because we are accustomed to using aloe vera for all of life's little ailments, from sunburn to scrapes and cuts. Pretty much every medicine cabinet around the world has a bottle of aloe vera gel in it somewhere. This goopy gel is universal.

But where do you get this stuff? I mean, where do you get the good, pure stuff?


100 pure aloe vera gel

Earth's Daughter Aloe Vera Gel


100 pure aloe vera gel

George's 100% Aloe Vera Distilled Liquid


100 pure aloe vera gel

Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel

Why Does Pure Aloe Vera Gel Matter?

First things first: why does purity even matter? After all, it's just aloe vera gel. You know, the stuff our moms used to put on our cuts when we’d fallen and scraped ourselves.

As long as the gel imparts that wonderfully chilly, soothing feeling that makes scrapes and cuts a weirdly pleasant experience, it shouldn't matter too much what's in it, right?

Well, not really. 

You see, this humble goop is filled to the brim with nutrients and minerals - over 100 of them! - and has more active enzymes than you could toss in a wheelbarrow.

How much exactly? This goopy gel is packing over 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 200 active enzymes. Whoa.

Plus, it’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-septic- practically anti-everything you could ever want to get rid of.

That's the simple reason why you want to make sure that the aloe vera gel you get contains as much of this wonderfully healing substance as possible. Because if it doesn't - well, that sort of defeats the purpose.  

Does 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel Exist?

If you've ever gone on a quest to find a truly pure aloe vera gel - you'll know exactly what we're talking about. There are a gazillion aloe vera gels on the market today, each of them claiming to be 100% pure aloe vera.

But then you glance through the ingredients list and walk away wondering how "one hundred percent aloe vera" could include so many other ingredients.

The truth about "pure" aloe vera is that the only way to get totally unadulterated, one hundred percent pure aloe vera is to make it yourself. If that's something you're willing to invest your time and effort into, we'll show you exactly how to do it below.

The only downside of making your own aloe vera gel, of course, is that fresh and pure aloe vera doesn't last very long. In fact, it gets pretty pink-ish and suspect-looking and pink-ish for me in a week - even if it's kept in the fridge.

A Necessary Evil

So for any brand of aloe vera to be commercially viable, they have to add stabilizers.

And that's not a terrible thing in and of itself. It really comes down to what kind of stabilizers are added to the aloe vera. If the added stabilizers are as natural as they come, that aloe vera brand gets a pass. It's doing what it needs to in order to survive on the marketplace and it's as close to pure aloe vera gel as you can get without having to make it yourself.

What we're concerned with, though, are what some not-so-pure aloe vera brands have in their ingredients list.

(Not So) Pure Aloe Vera Gel

People like to round up. It just makes life easier. Not surprisingly, aloe vera gel manufacturers believe in this practice, too. Which is why most aloe vera gel brands will state 100% if they're very, very close - like more than 99% of their formula is composed of aloe vera.

But more than the actual percentage of aloe vera, we think it's most important to look at exactly what other ingredients are taking up the extra space.

Case in point - Fruit of the Earth's Aloe Vera 100% Gel.

Watch the Wording

We're not trying to single this brand out but it bears mention. This is a pretty tricksy brand, which is evident in their clever working. Instead of "100% aloe vera gel," they've rearranged some words to go for the more-accurate "aloe vera 100% gel."

So basically, they're essentially promising 100% gel, while simultaneously giving the impression that they're 100% aloe vera gel.

Very tricky since it gives consumers the impression that it's 100% aloe vera and gives the brand a (legal) leg to stand on.

Other Ingredients Matter

As for the ingredients for this aloe vera gel - this is not a great ingredients list line-up.

Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer 940, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea

To break it down, Tocopheryl Acetate is just Vitamin E, so that's fine as both an antioxidant and preservative.

As for the others - Triethanolamine has been approved by the FDA, but it can skin redness and burning in people who're sensitive to it. It should also never be used long-term since it's been proven to have detrimental effects on human skin, on the immune system and clinical tests have linked high doses of triethanolamine to liver, bladder and testicular cancer in laboratory animals.

On top of all that, DMDM Hydantoin and Diazolidinyl Urea are preservatives that work by releasing formaldehyde into the product - not good. Not good at all. And certainly not something you want to find in a pure aloe vera gel.

Don't Be Fooled

It is things like this that get our feelers up when it comes to 100% pure aloe vera gel - and makes it so easy to fall for dubious marketers. Because we're all well aware of aloe vera's benefits - this stuff's been used medicinally since ancient times - it's easy to see "aloe vera" and "100%" and assume that it's a natural product. The above brand is proof positive that ingredient lists matter.

So now we got that out of the way, you might be wondering which aloe vera gels are actually pure (or at least as pure as possible)?

The (Most) Pure Aloe Vera Gel List

As we mentioned before, the purest, guaranteed 100% aloe vera gel is the stuff you harvest yourself. But while it's certainly the most au naturale and economical option, the downside is that homemade aloe vera gel takes quite awhile to make.

On average, for one full aloe vera leaf, it takes me at least half an hour from start to finish. Usually much longer, if you include the clean-up.

And considering it only lasts a week or so, it's not something most of us can work into our schedules often. So if you want a natural, pure aloe vera gel you don't have to make yourself around - here are your best bets.

Aloe Vera Gel by Earth's Daughter

100 pure aloe vera gel

This organic aloe vera gel is our current favorite. It's 99.75% organic, cold pressed aloe vera, which is the closest to 100% we've found. Plus, the aloe is grown and bottled in the USA and the company donates at least 5% of their profits to charity.

It's also the perfect composition - not too liquid-y, not too thick, which makes it the best aloe vera gel for skin applications.

Overall, the best quality (commercially-sold) aloe vera gel we've found. If you're looking for a pure aloe vera gel to add into your skin care routine - this one is it.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis, Citric Acid (preservative), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C as a preservative), Potassium Sorbate (as a preservative to guard against bacteria), Xanthan (to help coat your skin a little better)

George's 100% Aloe Vera Distilled Liquid

100 pure aloe vera gel

If you're looking for a pure aloe vera gel to take internally, George's 100% Aloe Vera is your best bet. Drinking aloe vera comes with a bevy of health benefits but let's be honest, many of the aloe vera juices found on the market can be filled with additives that counteract the benefits of aloe vera. 

Not so with George's Aloe Vera. There's no preservatives, no additives and the stuff goes down as smooth as water. By far the best aloe vera drink option to control acid reflux and help heal inflammation from within. 

Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel

100 pure aloe vera gel

This is the best value aloe vera gel around. You get a huge bottle of aloe vera gel that you can use both internally and externally. It's also made with organic aloe vera, which is 99.5% of the gel. 

IngredientsCertified Organic Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Gel (99.5%), Carrageenan (thickening agent), Less Than 1% of the following natural, food grade sources: Citric Acid (oxidation inhibitor), Potassium Sorbate (mold inhibitor).

How to Make Your Own 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel

If you have a blender or a food processor, you can make your own one hundred percent pure aloe vera gel. The best part, of course, is that you know exactly what goes into it. 

The downside? It does take some time. That being said, it is very easy to do. Here's how.

Step 1 - Slice the aloe vera into smaller pieces

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Step 2 - Slice off the sides

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Step 3 - Peel the top of the aloe vera skin off

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Step 4 - Scrape the aloe meat into the food processor

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Step 5 - Repeat for the whole aloe vera leaf

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Step 6 - Blend it all together in the food processor

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Step 7Voila! You have made pure aloe vera gel

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Step 8 - Store it in an airtight bottle and refrigerate

100 pure aloe vera gel

NoteIf you really want real, pure aloe vera sans stabilizers but you don't want to make your own aloe vera gel - another option is to get freeze-dried aloe vera powder and then add water to make aloe vera 'gel' when you need it.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in August 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated in 2020.

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Travel Light: Top 3 Natural Products to Add to Your Tavel Packing List | Home Life Abroad | Home Life Abroad says September 19, 2016

[…] While you won’t pack an entire plant in your luggage, invest in a good aloe vera gel! It’s almost impossible to find 100% aloe vera gel, but there are products that contain up to 99,75% of aloe vera. […]

Hala says January 6, 2017

And how about Bioland organic Aloe Vera Gel from Costa Rica?

Wizzo says February 26, 2017

What about Forever Living Aloe Vera Gelly?

Pamela F says October 23, 2017

Yet another product I will be replacing with coconut oil.

Moji says October 28, 2017

I would ask you kindly
1.If the Aloe Vera Gel by Earth’s Daughter is drinkable ?
2. The best quality of freeze-dried Aloe Vera Powder to drink.


bobbie says January 18, 2018

thanks – you just saved me a ton of time searching for the best options available!

Ruby manly says February 19, 2018

Looking for aloe vera toothpaste and mouthwash. 100%aloe vera

Dana R Gehring says April 3, 2018

how much water do you add to the powder? I have found the powders have stuff like maltodextrin and such in it unfortunately.

Steffie says May 1, 2018

How do you find the best freeze-dried Aloe Vera Powder to be used on wounds or for healing an anal fissure?

Christy says May 5, 2018

Get the plant or shafts. Cut it open and use it. Grocery store, Whole Foods market.

renato k.de faria says June 26, 2018

como comprar…

renato k.de faria says June 26, 2018


Ellen says February 15, 2019

The Lily of the Desert gel needs to be refrigerated after opening as per the Swanson’s website.

Joyace Barger says March 4, 2019

I like your info, fui the FDA will approve any thing for money and is a very unsafe criteria to judge by JAB

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