Aloe Vera Liquid- Aloe Vera liquid is thick when the Aloe leaf is first cut, but after a few minutes, an enzymatic reaction causes it to become liquid. It is the consistency of water and is often used to replace water in lotion and soap recipes. Aloe Vera Gel is reputed to be an excellent moisturizer.
Ingredients: Botanical Name: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium SulfiteCommon Name: Aloe Vera Liquid, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Sulfite
Can this product be used in melt and pour soaps? I am concerned with the after wash feel that bar soaps have (not feeling moisturized) and I am very new to soap making. I am going to purchase the organic melt and pour base. Is that base alone moisturizing enough or is an Aloe additive a good idea? Thank you!
But, I have not purchased yet because I'm not sure if it would tend to make Cold Process Soap go rancid? I see quite a few folks saying they would need a preservative for their other liquid body products, is it stable without a preservative when used for the water portion for cold process soap making? Are there any other "known" issues with it? Does it accelerate trace or cause weird funky colors or smells?
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Kendra! You can definitely use our Aloe Vera Liquid as your water amount in cold process soap without the soap going rancid. Because of CP's high pH it does not allow for the growth of bacteria, making a preservative unneeded. To find out more about preservatives and when to use them check out our Talk It Out Tuesday: Preservatives blog post. Aloe Vera Liquid behaves beautifully in CP and shouldn't give you any problems. Though, we do recommend chilling the liquid before soaping with it. See an example of this in our Defying the Rules of Soapmaking: 100% Coconut Oil Soap with Aloe Vera and a Mantra Swirl.
Works great. You used to have a pour spout on the 35 lb bucket. The last 2 times I got it, no more pour spout, just a regular bucket lid - very inconvenient for pouring. I'm sure a lid with a pour spout costs a little more, but it would be so much nicer from the customer's end to have it.
Really like the bubbles it added even to just my regular shower gel! QUESTION for someone: If I buy an entire gallon, how long will it store in a cool dry place but not refridgerated after opening? Don't know if I can use a gallon fast enough.
Reply from Bramble Berry Hi Tracy! I'm so glad you love our Aloe Vera Liquid! The shelf life for Aloe Vera Liquid is up to 1 year from the date of manufacture. In general, our products are within the first month of their shelf life when shipped and, as such, should be good for nearly a year after delivery! I will email you personally to discuss this further.
I've only been using this for about a week but I love it so far! If I add this to a body butter would I need to add a preservative even though there is not actually water?
Reply from Bramble BerryHi Priscilla! I'm so glad you like the aloe vera liquid! Because aloe vera liquid is used as a water replacement, we would recommend adding a preservative to prevent mold and bacteria growth. Optiphen would work great in your lotion. It is used at .5-1.5% of your recipe. You can read more in the Talk It Out Tuesday: Preservatives post. I'll be emailing you personally to talk more!
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