Soothing and cooling
We work with the women aloe growers in the arid region of Laikipia, Kenya to ensure our aloe is fresh and ethically sourced
Aloe is a desert plant that belongs to the lily family. It grows well in dry soils and is native to East and South Africa. The fleshy leaves are sharp and serrated with white spikes; they contain a clear gel harvested for its soothing properties.
Aloe is thought to be one of the oldest remedies, noted for its healing qualities. Aloe soothes itching and reduces redness; it is excellent in calming sunburn or redness caused by the cold. It softens the skin and helps to protect it.
Aloe gel is excellent; soothing and re-hydrating the skin. It is particularly good in after sun products. It is very effective ingredient for cooling the skin.
Lush now also buy the fresh Aloe leaves for the newly formulated Charity Pot. The leaves arrive in their full form and are freshly cut at the factory to extract the gel. Recent funds from SLush have gone to invest in fencing to protect the aloe from being trampled on by wild elephants and camels, an aloe nursery, a watering system and farming equipment. Through our partnership with Maasai permaculturist Joseph Lentunyoi and Laikipia Permaculture Centre, we are working with the women on introducing nutritious plants to the arid land, for both the sustainability of the land and for food.