Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf
- This ingredient’s score is higher if a product likely contains the non-decolorized whole leaf aloe vera, which is known to cause cancer. The score will be lower if the decolorized version of the ingredient is used.
- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (low)
SYNONYMSALOE, ALOE BARBADENSIS, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA), ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF, ALOE EXTRACT (ALOE SPP.), ALOE LEAF POWDER, and ALOE VERA
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Aloe vera is extracted from the succulent leaves of the aloe plant, Aloe barbadensis
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|facial moisturizer/treatment||38 products|
|liquid hand soap||35 products|
|hand sanitizer||33 products|
|body wash/cleanser||32 products|
|facial cleanser||25 products|
|eye liner||20 products|
|serums & essences||18 products|
|eye shadow||17 products|
|lip gloss||15 products|
|bar soap||13 products|
|shaving cream||10 products|
|bubble bath||9 products|
|around-eye cream||9 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||7 products|
|hair color and bleaching||7 products|
|daily use with SPF||7 products|
|baby wipes||5 products|
|hair styling aide||5 products|
|recreational sunscreen||5 products|
|makeup primer||5 products|
|baby soap||4 products|
|baby shampoo||4 products|
|lip balm with SPF||4 products|
|body spray||3 products|
|hand cream||3 products|
|after sun product||3 products|
|hair treatment/serum||3 products|
|foot moisturizer||3 products|
|polish remover||2 products|
|damaged skin treatment||2 products|
|beard cleanser||2 products|
|beard oil||2 products|
|styling mousse/foam||1 products|
|baby powder||1 products|
|after shave||1 products|
|tooth whitening||1 products|
|lip balm||1 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||1 products|
|nail treatment||1 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|facial powder||1 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|body powder||1 products|
|Possible human carcinogen||Open scientific literature|
|Cancer - strong evidence||Open scientific literature|
|Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – scientific review cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gaps||Open scientific literature|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|One or more animal studies show reproductive effects at moderate doses||Open scientific literature|
|Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Missing safety data noted by cosmetic industry review||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|877 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Determined safe for use in cosmetics up to a specified concentration limit||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
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