Aloe Vera: Juice or Extract?

edited November 2017 in Ask the Beauty Brains
Hi Beauty Brains,

I listened to Episode 156 and saw the earlier post in the forum on Aloe Vera and had a specific follow-up question. I understand from the episode that products containing Aloe "powder" are unlikely to have much efficacy. However, I've noticed several products containing "Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice" as a top ingredient and others containing ""Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf extract" as a top ingredient.

I was wondering which is better for efficacy, the “juice” or the “extract”. I have some friends in the industry and I asked them and they said that the "extract" is the true aloe vera gel (this white stuff shown here: while the "juice" is either filtered extract or may contain pressed portions of the green leaf in that photo rather than just the white gel. But I'm not sure that's right. And even if it's right, I'm not sure it matters.

So my question is, which is better "juice" or "extract", and what's the difference? Or maybe it doesn't matter so long as it's not "powder"? Anyways, keen to get your views. Thanks so much!

Warm regards,



  • Putting Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract as a top ingredient is actually a mistake in labeling. You won't notice any difference between the juice or the extract. Neither of them are much different than water. Typically, aloe products are a 1% solution.

    What do you want the Aloe to do?

    Incidentally, Aloe is listed on California's Prop 65 list because of concern that it causes cancer.

    It's ridiculous, but there was a study in which showed there was a potential problem so it made it onto the list.

    Does this change your feelings about Aloe Vera?
  • edited January 2018
    Hi Perry, thanks so much for guidance! Can't believe Aloe was listed on Prop 65, seems crazy. My family and I have used it in the raw for years and feel quite comfortable with it.

    In terms of what I'd like the aloe to do, I'm looking for the types of benefits mentioned in Episode 156, which seem to require a higher concentration of the ingredient.

    When you say it's a mistake in labeling, does that mean that juice and leaf extract are the same thing?

    So I guess, extract or juice, just best that it's the 1st ingredient and that it's not powder? Thanks again!
  • In reality, I don't think you will notice a performance difference between the extract or the juice. Since there is no standard specification for the juice or extract or the powder, you don't really have any way to tell what you are getting.

    For example, someone can take an aloe plant, squeeze out the juice, sell that directly to you and call it Aloe Juice. Or someone can squeeze the juice out, dilute it with 95% water and call that Aloe Juice. Clearly, one has more "aloe" than the other but you would never know because they are both called Aloe Juice.
  • edited January 2018
    Thanks so helpful Perry! Wasn't able to find this answer anywhere else (which makes sense because there is no standard!)
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