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About our aloe

We are sensitive to the plight of animals and adhere to the legislation in force, which prohibits animal testing. We do not market our products in countries where there is no such legislation in force.

The regulatory problems associated with the sale of unpackaged cosmetic products are far more complex than those associated with food, and only cosmetic establishments registered with the ANSM (French National Agency for Medicine and Health Product Safety) are permitted to do so. Furthermore, organic cosmetics that are not allowed to contain any real preservatives cannot be sold unpackaged without posing certain health risks.

Our cosmetics do not contain sulphates. For more about sulphates here (external link) and here (PDF – source: L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques).

Our products contain the following levels of aloin:

  • Our drinking juices and gels contain only traces of aloin (0.01mg/kg), as required by the relevant food legislation.
  • Our food supplements contain high levels of the aloin naturally present in the plant and are governed by different legislation that permits a much higher concentration of aloin. Some consumers choose products containing aloin for some of the properties that it offers.
    Aloin concentration:

    • Drinking pulp: 10 to 20mg/kg
    • Gel capsules: 45 to 90mg/kg
    • Aloe arborescens juice: 950mg/kg

The dosage stated on the labels of the abovementioned products must be strictly adhered to in order to avoid any undesirable effects.

Our cosmetics: aloin is a photosensitive substance and can therefore cause spots on skin that is exposed to the sun. This being the case, we have chosen to eliminate it in the same way as for our drinking juices and gels. These products contain only traces of aloin (0.01mg/kg).

Emodin is an anthraquinone derived from aloin, and is therefore eliminated in the same way as aloin.

The literature recommends that pregnant women avoid consuming aloe vera-based products owing to the natural presence of anthraquinone and its abortifacient effects.

  • The process by which our juices and drinking gels are manufactured includes an anthraquinone (and notably aloin) elimination stage.

Nevertheless, some traces of anthraquinone may remain even after this filtration stage is complete. Whilst these traces should not present any risk, we are not doctors, and for safety reasons we cannot advise pregnant women to consume these products. We therefore ask that they seek advice from a healthcare professional who will refer them as they see fit.

  • As far as our food supplements are concerned, ALL anthraquinones are maintained, meaning that we strongly advise against pregnant women taking these products.

There is a regulatory requirement to adjust the pH of the product to preserve and ensure that it reaches a maximum pH of 4.2. The pH of the unadjusted product is already very close to this target, so the amount of citric acid added is extremely low, at around 0.1%.
It is also 100% natural, meaning that it complies with organic farming standards, as monitored and approved by Ecocert
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Vitamin C (when it is naturally occurring) is naturally eliminated in the urine when it becomes too highly concentrated in the blood, meaning that there is no risk of overdosing on vitamin C. You can therefore consume our Pur’Aloé drink products with complete peace of mind as they contain only 0.1%.

The juice is obtained from our cold-pressed aloe vera and the aloin removed.
The drinking gel is obtained from aloe vera juice that is thickened using a natural gum. Its thicker texture means that it adheres more effectively to the digestive tract, thus prolonging the contact time.
The pulp is a food supplement that must be taken at the stated dose because it is a raw product that still contains all of its natural aloin content.

Generally speaking and according to the available documentation, a treatment should be long enough to be effective (from 3 weeks to 3 months). We would also recommend an interval of around 2 months between treatments in order to maintain their respective benefits and prevent the body from becoming accustomed to them.
In terms of frequency of treatment, there is no hard and fast rule – it depends on the individual.

It is recommended that you take 2 tablespoons of juice or gel, mixed with water or fruit juice, 3 times a day before meals.

We pasteurise our drinking products because we have found that a general increase in temperatures (especially those observed in storage and transportation areas) allows harmful bacteria to spread, presenting an unacceptable risk to the consumer’s health.

Furthermore, there is not just one form of pasteurisation, but rather various different ways of pasteurising a product. Rapid pasteurisation, of course, is less harmful to the product than no pasteurisation (see graph).

Unlike our previous drinking products, which were packaged in plastic, our current bottles are made of glass, the advantage of this being that it is impossible for the components of the packaging to migrate into the product and be consumed.

 

 

(Source : https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/hlbc/files/documents/healthfiles/hfile72-f.pdf)

We used to package our drinking aloe in PET bottles.
We later switched to glass for the following reasons:

  • Many end-consumers claimed that plastic was not as neutral as glass. There is a certain amount of exchange between the plastic and the product inside the bottle (this is true).
  • Plastic (even PET) is not really a 100% dense material like glass and we could not, therefore, offer a 3-year guarantee as we do with glass.
  • Plastic is not as widely recycled as glass (this is true) and we can see what is happening in the oceans today…
  • Plastic doesn’t offer the same quality of finish as glass.
  • Glass is the only material that can be used for pasteurisation.

Our products are not intended for infants and we are not authorised to offer such advice.

4 weeks if the bottle is placed in the bottom of the refrigerator and kept closed.

Our supplier certifies that our xanthan gum contains no traces of gluten-containing cereals, giving you peace of mind when it comes to consuming our juices and gels.

The intended dosage is stated on each product. As with any food supplement, it is best not to let the body get used to it and to take a week’s rest after a maximum of 3 weeks on any given treatment, in accordance with the directions for use.

All our products are vegan-friendly except for our “Moisturizing Milk” which still contains beeswax.

Rosée (dew) is not a cleansing product; it’s a moisturiser.

We are unable to answer this question as we do not have a veterinarian on our team.

Our gel for external use is not made from a powder with water added to it. It is made from REAL aloe, i.e. the fresh pulp of the plant, and therefore has no water added to it.

As stated on the label, the 125ml or 250ml gel can naturally turn brown without this affecting the properties of the product.
We use real plant juice, and like all plant juices, it is never transparent! Transparent gels are made from unnatural concentrated powders that have no therapeutic value. The difference here is as significant as the difference between a soup made from real garden vegetables and a powdered soup.
Laboratory tests have revealed that no microbiological changes occur as a result of the colouring of the product, meaning that such products are perfectly safe to use.
It is, however, best stored in the refrigerator after opening in order to keep it at its best
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The gel does, in fact, have an astringent element but also moisturises the skin deep down. It is used to treat dry skin, in daily facial skincare and bodycare products, in hand and foot gels and styling gels, and to treat scratches, chapping, light burns, sunburn, insect bites and itching. If you find that your skin is still dry, you can also use the repairing cream containing 70% aloe vera and sweet almond milk, since the two products complement one another perfectly.
Our gel for external use is completely free of fats and does not contain ethyl alcohol (which dries out the skin).

Airless packaging is difficult to recycle due to the complexity of the materials used. Nevertheless, we help make sure that they can be recycled by financially supporting an organisation called Eco Emballage.

The formula has indeed changed because we wanted to remove the water in order to increase the proportion of aloe. As a result, 77.5% of the total ingredients are organically farmed and 99% are of natural origin.

Our Crème Intense face cream is richer in fats and therefore recommended as a night cream.

The propanediol we use is natural. It is produced from corn and is Ecocert-approved.

Benzyl alcohol is a compound obtained from the natural preservative that inhibits the development of micro-organisms in cosmetic products. It is also Ecocert-approved.

Spread a small amount of the product onto wet hair and rub in.
Add a little water to lather, massage and rinse
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Our aloe vera plantations are actually located in Mexico and cultivated organically and in accordance with the principles of fair trade. For more information, please visit this  page.

The raw material, the pulp, is obtained by manually ‘filleting’ the leaf harvested in the fields around the extraction room, thus protecting the rich polysaccharides – the natural components of aloe vera that give it its properties – which it contains.

Aloin is the main component that gives aloe its photosensitive properties.
We eliminate this aloin from our aloe juices to trace levels, meaning that our products are not photosensitising. We guarantee this by performing in vitro analyses in partnership with an independent laboratory
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From 2 to 6 months, depending on the product. See the product label for details.

There is certainly a lot of random information circulating at the moment, most of it unsupported, as is the case here! Like any other plant, it helps to recycle ambient air.

Our products are sold ready for use as finished products. We are unable to provide GMP certificates.

The IASC label is American and is of no benefit to a European manufacturer since European certification labels are much more demanding.

You will find a list of stores that stocks our products HERE

Our Crème Réparatrice contains fats such as organic sweet almond oil so we cannot guarantee that it is completely non-comedogenic.
As an alternative, we would suggest you use our Pur’Aloé Gel d’Aloé Vera 98% mixed with a few drops of organic nigella or jojoba oil, which are non-comedogenic
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Our ‘Native Aloe’ logo does state that it is made without powder concentrate, meaning that our aloe vera is guaranteed not to be produced from powder. Our aloe vera is indeed native, i.e. not dehydrated, and kept in a cool place from the time it is harvested until it is incorporated into the product. This is what guarantees a fully active ingredient!

With regard to the ‘exfoliation’ aspect, we use olive stones and peach kernels that have been dried and ground and are therefore inevitably incorporated in the form of a coarse powder.

Pur’Aloé is a member of 1% for the Planet – a network of companies that have committed to donating 1% of their annual turnover to organisations dedicated to protecting the environment.
1% for the Planet now has nearly 1,300 member companies in almost 40 countries. What these companies all have in common is an awareness that the world of business is partially responsible for the current environmental crisis and therefore share a strong urge to bring about change.
For more information
HERE.

Our involvement in this initiative is one of our priorities, in addition to our commitment to fairly traded organic products and our healthy and non-polluting production facilities.
We believe that many companies take a lot from nature but fail to give much back, apart from all too frequently discharging toxic waste into the environment.
Environmental health and balance are the foundation for the health and balance of mankind and all of the other living beings with whom we share our beautiful planet.

Unfortunately, few humans are aware of the essential services that nature provides, such as the quality of the air we breathe, (which we owe to plants), the quality of the water we drink, (which we owe to the plant and mineral kingdom), and the quality of the food we eat, which we owe to the teeming life of a healthy planet.
This lack of consideration means that our planet’s ability to regenerate itself is generally exhausted after about 7 to 8 months in any given year, meaning that the remaining months of the year add up to increasing exhaustion in the long term.
So it’s easy to see how important it is to support the Earth’s natural systems in any way we can.
1% for the Planet is just one such way.

This is a living product because it is made from fresh pulp rather than powder, meaning that all of the components naturally present in the plant are preserved, which makes our product as active as it can possibly be.
As stated on the packaging, this is, in fact, a gel and is therefore more liquid than a conventional toothpaste. We always recommend moving the brush to the tube and not the other way round
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Saponification involves creating a reaction between soda and fats, but unlike soaps obtained by means of hot saponification, those obtained by means of cold saponification are not rinsed with water, meaning that the glycerine naturally produced during the reaction is preserved.
Its emollient, humectant and hydrating properties mean that glycerin can perform the functions of the skin’s natural lipids.
Once the saponification reaction has taken place, we add organic shea butter to protect, soften and restructure damaged skin, resulting in a superfatted soap that is particularly well suited to dry and sensitive skin
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Aloe has to be properly prepared in order to make it fit for consumption; otherwise, it presents certain health risks:

  • Magazine “Que Choisir” of 28/11/2019
  • ANSES (November 2018 – external link, in French)

These publications appear to relate to formulas containing high levels of aloin and that do not come with recommended doses, such as ‘homemade’ preparations made from fresh leaves of the sort available in stores.
It is possible to prepare fillets for consumption at home because aloin is water-soluble. That said, it is important to recognise that there is a certain way of doing this that notably involves rinsing the fillets under running water once they have been delicately removed from beneath the cuticle of the whole leaf, which isn’t a particularly easy task since even the slightest cut to an aloin vein will cause it to run profusely.

We at Ciel d’Azur are particularly vigilant about the levels of aloin our products contain.
We monitor all of the goods we produce to ensure that we comply with the levels of aloin that the regulations require, meaning that it has to be removed completely; only traces are permitted.
You can view the aloin content of our products in FAQ n°4.

As long as the recommendations indicated on the labels of our Pur’Aloé products are adhered to then they are perfectly safe to consume. See FAQ N°6.