The first ingredient in cosmetics is very often water. However, Laboratoires Druide decided to replace it with aloe vera juice extract. We tell you why.
Created in 1973, the INCI list (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) has been a mandatory nomenclature for cosmetic products since 1999. It requires manufacturers to enter the complete list of ingredients that make up their product, in decreasing order of their quantity.
Water still comes first with percentages of up to 95% for classic cosmetics. Since organic products must meet a requirement of 20% organic ingredients, water is 80% in their composition.
What is the use of water in cosmetics?
Water is essential to create an emulsion whose texture will be more or less consistent and will result in a cream or milk. The emulsion is the homogeneous fusion of two immiscible liquids, the mixing of which is made possible by a third ingredient.
In cosmetics, the emulsion moisturizes the skin with water and nourishes it with a substance containing the necessary active ingredients. However, water is not ideal, as it tends to evaporate, before penetrating enough to reach the dermis. This is the reason why we have decided to substitute it with organic aloe vera juice extract in most of our formulas, which is much more nourishing and less volatile.
Aloe vera is a plant with multiple virtues. It treats internal problems, especially digestive and external, with spectacular effects on the skin and hair. Very rich in nutrients, the plant is also renowned for its powerful antioxidant properties.
Aloe vera looks like a cactus (but it doesn't sting!) And is cultivated around the world today. She prefers hot regions: Africa, India, Caribbean, South America, Mexico, southern United States, etc. Elsewhere in the world, it is widespread as a houseplant.
Aloe vera grows easily and quickly. It supports organic cultivation very well, which does without chemicals, thanks to its robustness. Its pulp is extracted to form a gel which is then packaged as a solution or capsule for internal use or as an emulsion for external use. Its very virtuous juice can therefore easily replace water in cosmetics.
Aloe vera is part of the composition of many hygiene and beauty products, either in its gel form or in juice. The plant contributes to the health of the skin and the hair. It relieves skin conditions: acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, boils, itching ... It also has a slight analgesic effect on joint, muscle and neuralgic pain.
If you grow aloe vera in a pot at home, you can take the test: When you scratch yourself, burn or just have dry skin, break off one of its stems and apply the transparent sap to the skin. You will first feel a coolness that soothes the pain. Your skin will be instantly and powerfully hydrated, and your ailment relieved.
On a larger scale, in the composition of cosmetics, aloe vera reinforces the properties of the product, thanks to its exceptional richness.
The active ingredients of aloe vera
The pulp of aloe vera is bactericidal, fungicidal and virucidal. The list of active ingredients in aloe vera is long. Here are the major components that participate in your well-being: potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium, chlorine, iodine, iron, copper, zinc, sodium, chromium, phosphorus, essential amino acids (isoleucine, methionine, lysine, leucine, valine) , vitamin A (carotene), B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9), and vitamin E.
The list is not exhaustive. This concentration of such beneficial elements acts on the skin and the health of the hair. It accelerates healing and optimizes cell proliferation.
By using aloe vera juice, the properties of hygiene and beauty products are optimized and they ensure much healthier skin and hair.