Aloe Vera

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The effects of Aloe Vera on the skin

The moisturising, regenerating and healing power of aloe vera has been a p art of popular medicine for centuries. The secret of its power lies in the holistic interaction of over 200 different vital substances, including vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Pure Aloe vera juice intensively supports the natural process of continuous skin cell regeneration and provides a large reservoir of nutrients with high bio-availability to stimulate cell renewal. This is because Aloe vera juice has a large number of ingredients in natural compounds, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, various secondary plant compounds and also mono and polysaccharides. The most important ingredient however is aloverose. This complex sugar that only occurs in the species "Aloe barbadensis Miller", binds the moisture filled with active ingredients to the skin.

Studies have shown Aloe vera to have the following cosmetic effects on the skin:

  • Support of natural regeneration
  • Stimulation of cell renewal
  • Provision and binding of moisture
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
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The main indicator of effectiveness

The higher the aloverose content of Aloe vera juice, the higher the concentration of active ingredients. The higher the concentration of active ingredients, the more pronounced a positive effect is on the skin. That is why we aim to achieve the highest aloverose content in Aloe at the Finca in Andalusia, and thus a high concentration of active ingredients. The only way to achieve such high Aloeverose content is through organic cultivation and rapid processing after harvest.

We have been meeting these self imposed requirements for over 25 years, always with a passionate conviction, and now we are proud to produce a juice that contains more than 1200 mg/l aloverose – for comparison: the average amount in other products on the market is currently around 400mg/l!

In order to make the best use of our powerful juice, we use the pure Aloe Vera as the main component of our cosmetic products, instead of the usual water.

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A gaurantee of quality

We owe the particularly high level of active ingredients in our plants to the microclimate of Andalusia, and the highest possible quality in cultivation and processing. With over 25 years of experience, we can release the full effectiveness of Aloe Vera in our cosmetic products.

Controlled organic cultivation

By practicing organic cultivation, we allow the plant to fully enjoy its natural growth period. In this way, it can properly accumulate all the valuable active substances over a period of several years. We reject the faster growth that could be obtained from using synthetic fertilizers, as this stimulates the plant to quickly absorb large quantities of water. This may result in a greater yield, but the proportion of active ingredients to water content decreases rapidly and significantly.

Andalusian climate

A series of tests has revealed that Aloe Vera from Andalusia contains a particularly high level of aloverose. The seasonal temperature differences of summer and winter exposes the plants to positive stress stimuli. This encourages them to store more of the vital active ingredients than would be necessary when cultivating them in for example, tropical countries.

Hand processing

The Aloe vera gel inside the hard outer shell of the leaves is the plant's store of active ingredients and nutrients. We remove the precious leaf gel from the outer leaf shell by hand, a method which is particularly laborious, but it ensures all the active ingredients of the plant picked fresh from the field are retained. This is the only way to avoid having to filter out traces of the leaf shell such as the bitter substance Alloin in subsequent processing stages, and also prevents damaging the important active ingredients or even losing them completely.

The pure leaf juice

Using the pure Aloe Vera juice in a product is considerably more involved, and more expensive, than using reconstituted Aloe vera powder. When the Aloe Vera is dried to give powder, sensitive ingredients can become damaged and the holistic cause and effect correlation can be destroyed. The full effect of Aloe vera can only be released by using the pure juice.

Aloe instead of Aqua

In all of our cosmetic formulations we replace water, the usual main ingredient in cosmetic products, with our pure Aloe vera juice, fresh from the field. Read more about our formulation principle here.

Watch the cultivation and processing of the Santaverde Aloe Vera

Healing Fields (2010)

Duration: 25 min

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The history of Aloe Vera

The true Aloe (Aloe Vera) is a plant species from the Aloe genus in the subfamily of affodiles (Asphodeloideae). So despite its prickly appearance, it does not belong to the cactus family at all, but rather to the lily family. The Aloe vera was discovered twice, by seperate adventurous botanists: Mr Linnee and Mr Miller, both of whom gave the plant a different name. That is why the same plant has two names: Aloe vera LINNEE and Aloe barbadensis MILLER. Over the years, unluckily for the explorers, the term "Aloe Vera" prevailed, sometimes with the addition "barbadensis" (Aloe vera barbadensis Miller).

The Aloe vera plant is a succulent, i.e. it can store impressive amounts of water and nutrients in its leaves and can therefore survive for long periods without water or soil, which also helps moisturise the skin.