Community Fair Trade

Organic Aloe Vera

From Mexico

The aloe vera we use comes from the thick, rubbery leaves of the aloe vera plant, an evergreen succulent that thrives in sunny, well-drained soil. Aloe leaves are cut, washed and filleted by hand, all within 12 hours. The fillets are then dried to produce a concentrated powder.

The Heart Inside

The Supplier

We work with The Campeche Farmers, who cultivate aloe plants on organically-certified land, close to three precious rainforest biosphere reserves. They smallholder farmers cultivating aloe plants on organically certified land, supplying The Body Shop with aloe vera leaves. They are based in the semi-rural areas of Campeche and Yucatan states. On the outskirts of the town of Campeche, the capital of the state, the supplier has a processing plant that converts the fresh aloe leaves into concentrated powder, providing employment for people during the peak production months

THE COMMUNITY

Campeche state has three main protected areas: The Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, the Laguna de Términos Reserve and the Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve with total an area of 1,810,597 hectares.[9] The Calakmul Reserve was created in 1989 and is made of over 723,185 hectares. It consists of Yucatán and Tehuantepec moist forests, containing high and medium growth semi-deciduous forests and seasonally flooded low height semi-deciduous forests. Many trees here can reach heights of 30 meters. This trade with smallholder farmers living on the edges of the rainforest provides a sustainable income, and reduces the need for them to chop down trees or compromise the local resources.

Exceptional Quality

The Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera we use in our products is made from 100%, preservative free concentrated aloe vera gel. Aloe vera leaves are made up mostly of water, so they have to be processed as soon as they are harvested before they dry up. The leaves are sent to the processing plant within 6 hours of cutting, the inner gel filet is extracted by hand, and is then concentrated to a preservative free organic powder. This ensures that any irritating alonin does not contaminate the ingredient, preserves the essential properties of the gel that make it a key skincare ingredient, and avoids shipping 200 tonnes of water. As the gel is converted into a dry powder, it does not need preservatives to be added.

Facts

  • 400 kilos of raw harvested leaves contain 200kilos of gel, which is then concentrated down to 1kg of organic concentrate powder
  • For example, the Aloe Body Butter will contain aloe from nearly 1/4kg of aloe leaves (or over 100grams of gel)

Our Iconic Aloe Products

Body Sorbets

  • New Body Sorbets
    Protect your skin

    Our breakthrough sorbet texture instantly melts into skin for a frosty burst of fresh moisture, keeping you hydrated without the sticky feeling. Made with Aloe Vera to comfort, cool and soothe thirsty skin.

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Aloe Body Butter

  • Aloe Body Butter
    A feast for the skin

    This gentle Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

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Aloe Soothing Eye Gel

  • Aloe Soothing Eye Gel
    Instant Skin Rescue

    Our multi-purpose, soothing facial gel contains Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera. It’s an instant rescue when skin needs extra care.

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Nutriganics Drops of Youth

  • Nutriganics Drops of Youth
    Youth-enhancing concentrate

    Our certified organic range has been created for the first signs of ageing. This innovative concentrate helps to enhance surface skin condition, leaving it looking smoother, fresher and healthier. Fine lines appear smoother in just four weeks.

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*Based on global sales from 2/19/2012 and 9/29/2012 and selling period of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week.

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