The sun may not be the only way you’re getting burned this summer. Testing shows that the aloe vera gel you purchased to relieve your sunburn or other skin care needs may have no detectable levels of acemannan or other indicators of aloe vera, contrary to what the label may say.
Recent test results reveal less than trace amounts of aloe in the following products:
- Purell® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Aloe
- Target Up & Up™ Aloe Vera Gel
- Walgreens Advanced Hand Sanitizer with Aloe
- Walgreens – Aloe Vera Pain Relieving Gel 0.5% Lidocaine Pain Reliever
- Walgreens Alcohol Free Aloe Vera Body Gel
The last product on the list, Walgreens Alcohol Free Aloe Vera Body Gel – not only lacks any discernible amount of aloe but also contains isopropyl alcohol that isn’t disclosed among its ingredients.
As we’ve reported in prior posts, misrepresentations of aloe content in consumer products are increasing, including CVS’s Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel and Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel, both of which contain propylene glycol (used in airplane de-icing, antifreeze, and electronic cigarettes) and triethanolamine (employed in the grinding of limestone, quartz, and Portland cement).
The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Complex Litigation Group are investigating false advertising claims and are interviewing people who may have been victims of deceptive sales practices. We would appreciate speaking to anyone who has purchased any of the products listed above – please contact us today!