How to keep Aloe Gel as natural as possible for longer?
I’m looking for the easiest way to take fresh Aloe Gel and package it as long as possible at room temp. Normally I’d start some trial and error experiments and keep going until I’ve learned enough to come up with a solid plan but this time I’d rather start with a solid plan so I’ve come here to get some advice.
We all know that the vast majority of Aloe products have a tiny amount of aloe in an otherwise unrelated gel substance. I’d like to make a product that is the inverse of this, where the aloe is the primary ingredient and the remaining formula is only there to keep the Aloe from spoiling. Thus making a true “aloe” product rather than a product that just happens to include some aloe for marketing purposes.
I am also aware that fresh is best, so that freezing is the best way to use aloe beyond its one week life expectancy. But selling a frozen product is not gonna fly either, so… What other options do we have?
My research so far has led me to starting with mixing it into glycerin (2:1 Aloe to Glycerin)
To help shelf life without complex preservatives (going for as natural as possible) maybe I can add a touch of tocopherol but as an oil, would that even be effective? What if I added Glyceryl Stearate?
Lastly, to make it a consistent gel texture, adding some HEC instead of a snotty gum.
Unlike some, I don’t pretend to be a chemist and I understand that many of you hate it when people like me come here for free professional advice. I’m not going to make a ton of money on harvesting my aloe plants and selling them this way, so I can’t justify paying anyone for this information, but if you saw how awesome my aloe plants grow in the sunny passive solar space in my cold Canadian home, you’d want to do something with them too.
Side note: (Skip this if you don’t want to hear a rant) I’ve noticed some identifiable logos in the thread for formulating services that were obviously NOT designed by a trained or professional graphic designer. Seems like some chemists take the same mentality about just ripping/copying something off the web instead of paying a professional whose livelihood it is to do a thing. Everyone eventually has the notion that “I can just do this myself” instead of always paying someone else at some point. Are we going to do as good a job as someone who does it day in and day out? Nope, probably not even close, but if paying isn’t an option, you have to give people credit for showing an interest and trying to learn.
Anyhow, this specific formula is much more of a hobby curiosity than a formula for profit, so if anyone has better suggestions or direction, I’d greatly appreciate it. I do have some products that I may wind up paying for advice on, but those are a different story and I’m still having fun experimenting with them.