Difference between Store Aloe and the Plant

Many people spend their money on aloe products at stores like Walmart, Target, and CVS. But, is there really a difference between spending all your money at the store and growing the actually plant in your home for virtually nothing?

I’m not talking about the difference in cost. I mean the usability, and can people actually make a product from their aloe plants that are equal to store-bought products?

You might be surprised by the answer.

Let’s start with some of the most popular brands that were surveyed a few years back:

  • Walmart’s Equate Aloe after Sun Gel,
  • Target’s Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel
  • CVS Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel

The most surprising fact about these products is that they contain no aloe vera at all. They may have since changed the ingredients for their store-brand products. But, when studies were conducted they found a cheap sugar-based ingredient called maltodextrin.

You might not be getting what you’re paying for in the first place so why take the risk when making your own is so much cheaper to begin with.

Let’s take a look at a direct example of an aloe gel from Target and assume they’re actually using real aloe.

Target’s Aloe Vera Gel by Up and Up contains “Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Benzophenone-4, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Yellow 5, and Blue 1.”

That’s a lot more than just aloe you’re getting with that high cost but are those ingredients good for you. Take a look at some of the reviews for this product.

Difference between Store Aloe and the Plant

So why on Earth would you want to spend more for needless additions and the possibility of falsely advertised ingredients?

Simple, most people don’t know how to properly grow and make their own aloe at home. The process of making gel seems strange too, like you have to be a chemist in a lab to do so.

That’s simply not true. Getting aloe gel is as easy as cutting the leaf of your plant in half and draining the clear liquid inside.

That’s it! We even show you how to do it!

From there, you can use online resources to add better ingredients like coconut oil to make your gel that much more effective.

The truth is you can grow and make your own aloe products for dirt cheap and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Check out how you can start growing and making your own aloe product without free resources, here.