Scam: No trace of Aloe Vera found in products at Walmart, CVS

Monday, December 5, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Monday, December 05, 2016

If you believed that you bought an aloe vera product at major retailers Walmart, CVS and others that actually contained aloe vera, think again.

What you really bought was very likely only colored gel.

Researchers examining samples of store-brand aloe vera gel at Walmart, Target and CVS found absolutely no hint of the plant in various lab tests, even though the product labeling all listed “aloe barbadensis” leaf juice – another name for aloe vera – as either the primary or secondary ingredient after water.

There is no government watchdog agency that ensures aloe products are genuine, so that’s likely why the duping has been occurring, Bloomberg News reported. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not handle the approval process for cosmetics before they are sold, and has never fined any maker for selling phony aloe products. As it is, suppliers are essentially on an honor system, even though the total U.S. market for aloe-based products, which includes lotions and gels, vitamins and drinks, has grown by 11 percent in the past year to $146 million, according to data from SPINS LLC., a market research firm based in Chicago.

“You have to be very careful when you select and use aloe products,” said Tod Cooperman, president of, a White Plains, New York-based firm that has done testing on aloe products.

The three chemical markers for aloe – acemannan, malic acid and glucose – were all absent in tests for Walmart, Target and CVS aloe products conducted by a lab that was hired by Bloomberg News. Instead, three samples sent to the lab contained a much cheaper ingredient called maltodextrin, a sugar that is sometimes used to imitate aloe.

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