FAQ's

Frequently asked questions:

1. What is the difference between Aloe ferox and Aloe vera?
Aloe ferox is the botanical name of a plant that is indigenous to the South Eastern part of South Africa. Aloe vera is the botanical name of a plant that is cultivated in various areas in the the USA. These two aloes are the two species that have been identified as the best for commercial use in cosmetics and wholesomeness products. The gel of the two aloes have very similar properties and are used for similar purposes. However, Aloe ferox has almost 10 x more bitter sap. This sap has been used traditionally for detoxification and has been found to have anti viral, anti bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Aloe ferox is a robust plant and is harvested in the wild which means that it contains no herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.

2. What percentage of Aloe is in the products?
One often encounters products with statements on the labels that read 99% Aloe or contains 98% Aloe etc. that leads one to believe that the product consists out of 98% or 99% aloe matter by volume. In other words, it sounds as if the manufacturer is saying that if you were to buy a hand cream that contains 50ml (1.7 Fl oz) of cream, that 49ml (1.63 Fl oz) of the content is pure aloe material produced by, and harvested from the plant. This, of course, is not true and there are a few reasons why it cannot be true. Firstly, a product with such a high percentage of plant material is extremely difficult, if not impossible to preserve to such an extent that it has a viable shelf life and usable life after opening. As with any fruit or vegetable, it would simply go bad after a few days  especially if stored at room temperature. Secondly, a product's physical characteristics i.e. the viscosity, water solubility etc., is specifically formulated with a specific application in mind. As an example, the viscosity of a hand cream needs to be higher than that of a body cream that requires a lower viscosity for easy application over a larger surface area. Since the aloe does not inherently have these specific physical characteristics it can only be achieved by the addition of standard cosmetic raw materials thereby substantially reducing the percentage by volume of aloe in any final consumer product. Does this mean that the producer is being deceitful by making such statements as quoted above? In most cases the answer is probably no. What these statements mean to communicate is that the aloe raw material that is used in the manufacture of the product is very pure i.e. most of the original elements present in the aloe raw material when harvested from the plant is still present in the raw material added to the product. This still leaves the question What %, by product volume, of aloe is present in Aloe Ferox products. In each of its formulations Aloe Ferox strives to add as much aloe raw material as practical without jeopardizing the stability or physical requirements of the product. Further, all aloe raw material that is used in the production of Aloe Ferox consists of 99% aloe meaning that very little, if any, of the elements originally present in the raw material when harvested from the plant is not present in the raw material added to the product. In fact, because we believe in processing the whole leaf with the outer green portion included, many Aloe Ferox product contain MORE the 100% aloe if measured on a like-for-like basis with most other aloe where only the inner white portion of the aloe leaf is harvested.

3. What are the advantages of using Aloe Products?
When aloe is added to cosmetic products it improves penetration into the deepest layers of the skin. This means that whatever essential oils or other nutritive ingredients you have in the formula of your moisturizer would become more effective. Aloe is also renown for it rejuvenating qualities and helps against aging of the skin. The bitters of the aloe has been used traditionally for detoxification of the body and has been found to have anti viral, anti bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

4. I want to start using aloe products. Where do I buy them?
You can order them directly from this website, just look through the various products and place your order. Any item that we do not have locally will be shipped direct to you from our facility in South Africa at no extra cost to you.

5. What product do I use for my skin type?
Our product ranges are suitable for people with sensitive skin and are available with perfume or without. We have a range for all skin types.
* Oily Skin-FACIAL WASH REGULAR, BALANCING TONER, SUPER ALOE GEL, MOISTURIZER, NIGHT CREAM
*Normal Skin-FOAMING CLEANSER, BALANCING TONER, SUPER ALOE GEL, MOISTURIZER, ENRICHED NIGHT CREAM
*Dry / Mature Skin- CLEANSING CREAM, BALANCING TONER, SUPER ALOE GEL, MOISTURIZING DAY CREAM, ULTRA RICH NIGHT CREAM, MATURE-extremely dry skin
* Problem Skin- FACIAL WASH BITTER, FACIAL MASK, BALANCING TONER, BITTER ALOE GEL, MOISTURIZER, RADICAL IMAGE
* Combination Skin- FOAMING CLEANSER, BALANCING TONER, SUPER ALOE GEL, MOISTURIZER, MOISTURIZING DAY CREAM, ENRICHED NIGHT CREAM
* Sensitive / Allergic Skin -All skincare products are available without perfume or fragrance. Please contact us for more information.

6. Herbs OR medication?
The human body was designed with all the mechanisms to heal itself. Aloe and many other herbs enhance the body's own mechanisms for healing! Herbs prove themselves to be close therapeutic competitors of medication and are almost always safer, gentler and less likely to cause side effects. Causalities and fatalities researched from literature, government reports and expert databases indicate that approximately zero (0,000%) cases are due to the use of complementary health products, whereas 5,176% are due to properly prescribed and used drugs. It seems that herbs may even be safer than food, because 0,24% deaths are the result of food eaten.

7. Can I use herbal supplements with my medication?
Many herbs enhance the effect of a drug when using it simultaneously, while some may counteract the effect. Consult your doctor (preferably a herbal enlightened doctor) when you want to use herbs along with prescribed drugs. It is possible that your dependence on the pharmaceutical may decrease. You might be able to wean yourself off the drug entirely or get by with smaller dosages. Adjustments to medication should be done under supervision of a doctor. All medication has harmful side effects. When medication is used in conjunction with herbs, they may help to counteract the side effects.

8. How do I use herbal supplements?
Follow the directions on the label. Start on a low dose and gradually build up to establish the correct dose for your body. Everyone's different physiologically, and some people are just more sensitive than others. Some people will be able to take larger dosages than others and for some people it will take longer to note a beneficial effect. Give herbs enough time to work at least 3 months. Symptoms of a chronic condition may temporarily worsen as part of the detoxifying process of the body. Other detoxification symptoms that may occur are diarrhoea, nausea, flatulence, stomach cramps & headaches. Symptoms are of a passing nature. Give your body time to adjust. Diarrhoea, as part of the detoxification process, is only a problem if it lasts longer than a couple of days. Drink a lot of water and lower the dosage.

9. Does Aloe Ferox Test their products on animals?
No, Aloe Ferox does not test any of it's products it manufactures on animals, What is true is that many of our existing products that are used by humans are also used very successfully on animals. For example we have a distributor in the UK who has used Whole Leaf Gel with great success on her horse that suffered from a serious eczema-like condition. She says no other product worked as well. It even baffled the vets who told her there was no cure.

10. Are the products safe for animal use?
Various of the products such as Fabulous Fibre Bitter, Bitter crystals, Super Aloe Gel and Bitter Aloe Gel can be used on animals with great success. There is also a range of Aloe Ferox Pets products.

11. What is the difference between Super Aloe Gel, Whole Leaf Gel and Bitter Aloe Gel? Super Aloe Gel is made from the white inner part of the aloe leaf and is used for a wide variety of uses. It is a rejuvenating gel. It is gentle, colorless and perfume free making it ideal to use as part of your daily skin care routine. It is wonderful for helping your moisturiser and other cosmetics become more effective. It is also gentle enough to use on sunburn, burnwounds, rashes and skin irritations. Whole Leaf Gel is made from the green and white part of the leaf of the aloe and is used to assist with skin problems of many kinds. Due to the greenish colour and more viscous consistancy it is not generally used as a part of a facial skin care routine, but can be used on damaged skin and for a variety of skin complaints. An application of concentrated aloe gel supports the skins natural self protective process. Bitter Aloe Gel contains tea tree oil, aloe bitters and a combination of herbs that are known for their beneficial effect on various skin complaints such as acne. According to the research of Barrantes (2003) aloe gel enriched with bitters inhibits collagenase and metalloproteases activity thereby supporting the treatment of chronis ulcers, burns and wounds.

12. What is the tissue oil used for?
It is excellent for very dry skin conditions. Mixed with Super Aloe Gel to aid absorbtion it is also good for scars and stretch marks.

13. My hair is thinning and I am worried about sun damage to my scalp, do you have any products that would help?
To Protect your scalp from sun damage use Super Aloe Gel mixed with Sun care Lotion or Sun Care Spray applied to the scalp.
Here in South Africa with it's sunny climate we have also found that many farmers who spend their days out in the sun develop serious problems with skin cancer and sun damage especially if they have thinning hair. We have had really excellent results with the use of super aloe gel if it is applied regulary. It can be used with any good sunscreen during the day or on it's own at night after washing the hair. The Super Aloe gel helps with the absorption of any product if it is mixed with it. (You can just mix a bit of each in the palm of your hand) This means you will not be left with a greasy scalp or white residue if you mix your sunscreen with Super Aloe Gel before application.

14. Do you have any products that stimulate hair growth?

Yes, Nutrihair capsules, Bitter Shampoo and Nutrihair conditioner.

15. What is Vanishing Cream used for?
Vanishing cream is used to absorb excess oil for people with oily skin. It helps give the skin a matt appearance and is best used before applying foundation.

16. Can Aloe Ferox supply us with bulk raw material?
We do not supply bulk raw material, but you are welcome to contact us if you would like us to supply you with bulk quantities of any of our products.

17. How is the raw material produced?
After the leaves have been tapped, the leaf is further processed into a jelly. The fresh green leaves are cleansed of all impurities, thorns, dry material, etc. The cleansed leaf is then cut and the last bitter sap is removed. These leaves are then minced, heated, pulped and made into a jelly. This is done over a moderate temperature not to damage or burn the natural ingredients such as vitamins en minerals of the aloe. This is known as the "cool processing" method. This jelly is used as BASIS MATERIAL in the juice, all creams, gels and wet products. Scientific analysis of the jelly has indicated that it contains various minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and other biological active ingredients. Because these properties are inherent to the plant, it is carried over to the creams and health products. Sometimes, the leaves are also dried instead of jellified for other purposes. As described above, the whole leaf (after the bitter element has been removed) is cleansed, washed and cut into thin slices. These thin slices are then dried on nets in the sun and ground into different textures, to produce products such as the aloe tea and a fine fibre powder which is used as the basis of many of our tablets. In other cases, just the inside (white inner flesh) of the leaf is used for various products. Some aloe factories also make an aloe powder from the aloe leaf, where the powder then (instead of an aloe jelly) forms the basis of all products. The powderizing of the aloe leaf is a older method that originated in America. This method of powderizing the leaf constituted high temperatures resulting in wholesome ingredients being destroyed. The powder gained by this method also does not dissolve in water or oils and up to 80% lactic acid has to be added to make it water soluble. Because Aloe Ferox tries to retain as much of the natural goodness of the aloe as possible, we do not use this method.

Disclaimer: Please note that our statements about the healing properties of aloe ferox are not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For your best health, in the case of recurring and long-term illness, you should consult your doctor. You should also consult your doctor before using herbal remedies if you have an existing health condition, are pregnant or are planning to have a baby. No studies have been concluded on internal use of aloe in children.

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW WHEN USING HERBS LIKE ALOE FEROX!
The human body was designed with all the mechanisms to heal itself. Aloe ferox and many other herbs enhance the body's own mechanisms for healing! Herbs or Medication? Herbs prove themselves to be close therapeutic competitors of medication and are almost always safer, gentler and less likely to cause side effects. Causalities and fatalities researched from literature, government reports and expert databases indicate that approximately zero (0,000%) cases are due to the use of complementary health products, whereas 5,176% are due to properly prescribed and used drugs. It seems that herbs may even be safer than food, because 0,24% deaths are the result of food eaten!!

Herbs and Medication?
Many herbs enhance the effect of a drug when using it simultaneously, while some may counteract the effect. Consult your doctor (preferably a herbal enlightened doctor) when you want to use herbs along with prescribed drugs. It is possible that your dependence on the pharmaceutical may decrease. You might be able to wean yourself off the drug entirely or get by with smaller dosages. Adjustments to medication should be done under supervision of a doctor. All medication has harmful side effects. When medication is used in conjunction with herbs, they may help to counteract the side effects.

How to use Herbs?
Follow the directions on the label. Start on a low dose and gradually build up to establish the correct dose for your body. Everyone's different physiologically, and some people are just more sensitive than others. Some people will be able to take larger dosages than others and for some people it will take longer to note a beneficial effect. Different individuals take from it what and how much they need. Give herbs enough time to work - at least 3 months. Symptoms of a chronic condition may temporarily worsen as part of the detoxifying process of the body. Other detoxification symptoms that may occur are diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, stomach,cramps & headaches. Symptoms are of a passing nature. Give your body time to adjust. Diarrhea, as part of the detoxification process, is only a problem if it lasts longer than a couple of days. Drink a lot of water and lower the dosage. And now ... having read this, please spare a few minutes more and visit our other pages where the products are discussed in detail