Hi guys! Today officially marks the start of my Hunnyybase! This is something I have been dreaming up for years- a huge huge skincare/makeup database for ingredients, diys, tutorials and how to get your best skin. A hunnyy database = hunnyybase. ❤
My first topic to tackle- ALOE. I love aloe soothing gels and every single Korean skincare brand has their own aloe gel. But they all have different percentages of aloe.. They all vary in price as well.. I wanted to know- is there really a difference between a 90%, 92%, 93%, and a 95% aloe?
First, let’s see the products! I have two aloe gels- One is 93% and the other 95%.
On the left we have the Skinfood Aloe Vera Soothing Gel 93% and on the right we have the Missha Aloe Soothing Gel in 95%.
Both are super duper similar in weight, size, and appearance. They both smell and feel exactly the same- a clear, gel like texture. The difference will come in the ingredients and the pricing.
The Skinfood 93% is sold at $8 at Ulta and has the following description at Ulta.com- “A gel moisturizer that contains 93% Aloe Vera leaf extract which provides relied to fatigued dry skin all season long. This jumbo sized moisturizer can be used on the face and body. Aloe Vera has moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties that help give a cooling effect to damaged skin.”
The Missha 95% gel is sold online for $10 and is described as “Aloe vera content that forms the protect layer of moisture in the skin and soothes tired skin by UV’s speedily.” Okay, pretty sure that was the sellers using google translate because it’s a little off. Nevertheless Aloe is meant to provide a healing and cooling sensation to the skin and is a great staple in your skincare routine. The Missha 95% has no parabens, no artificial pigments, no mineral oil and no animal ingredients in it’s product.
The Ingredient List:
Similar ingredients are highlighted in green while different ingredients are highlighted in pink.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Glycerin, Water, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium Edta, Beta-Glucan, Betaine, Betula Alba Juice, Xanthan Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Gnaphalium Leontopodium Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (95%), Ethanol, Glacier Water, Saussurea Involucrata Extract, Ice Plant Extract, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract, Polyglutamic Acid, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf/Sucrose Ferment Filtrate, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Allantoin, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cladosiphon Okamuranus Extract, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, C12-14 Hydroxyalkyl Maltitol Ether, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Beta-Glucan, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sucrose, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
- They both feel great, have soothing properties and are in my price range.
- Both contain fragarance.
- Both list Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice as the first and largest ingredient.
- Both contain water and glycerin.
- Most of the ingredients were for texture, preserving the product or skin conditioning.
- The skinfood has 300ml while the Missha only holds 285 ml.
- The Skinfood lists water but Missha lists water as well as Glacier water~ fancyyy~
I ran a search on every ingredient in both products across various databases (I will link the sites in a separate post) including my own hunnyybase index. I searched to see if any of these ingredients have been classified or linked to harmful chemicals, negative concerns, or downright bad reputations. I came up with the following concerns:
Potassium Hydroxide can cause slight irritation in the eyes, skin or lungs therefore was given a moderate rating.
Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is a white pasty substance that comes from Castor Oil. This ingredient is meant to act as a surfactant, however it can “contain a high toxicity to your organ system.” Is it that damaging? Probably not, it is generally safe to use concentrations of this oil from 0.5% to 10%.
Achillea Millefolium Extract– one source claimed this flowering plant can be harmful for dogs, cats and horses- causing vomiting, depression, and diarrhea. I would refrain from keeping this product near any of your pets just to be safe. I doubt this product has a high enough concentration of the extract, but still.
The ethanol had a poor rating on one database, but no further explanation as to why- the only information given regarding this poor rating was the category it was assigned to- “sensitizing”.
Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is a white pasty substance that comes from Castor Oil. This ingredient is meant to act as a surfactant, however it can contain a high toxicity to your organ system. Is it that damaging? Probably not, it is generally safe to use concentrations of this oil from 0.5% to 10%.
Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract came back with the highest praise due to the high antioxidants and falvonoids inside of it. 🙂
And, of course, fragrance in both products came back with negative results. Using any kind of fragrance can always irritate those with sensitive skin. I don’t like how they don’t specify what kind of fragrance they used. There are a billion different types right?
The Missha 95% is no longer available in this packaging I think.. I can’t seem to find this exact one. I am finding the same 95% aloe gel by Missha in a different packaging and the ingredients for it are exactly the same, so I think they just updated the look of the product~
Is there a difference? YES. But does it derive mainly from the percentages in aloe? No. The main differences come from the different ingredients used! Yes, the products have a teensy gap in aloe percentages but if one aloe gel works for you and the other breaks you out, chances are the reason why isn’t the percentages. It’s the other chemicals inside of the product.
Would I choose one over the other now that I know what’s inside? Probably I would go for the Skinfood 93% due to the size of the product and cheaper pricing. The Missha 95% contained a lot of ingredients that were not common and were hard to find information on, Ice Plant Extract, for example. This extract was not even included in any of the databases which is a bit concerning. How can I trust an ingredient I can’t even find?
All in all, out of the 20-odd ingredients each product has, they share 11 common ingredients. I believe that this shows even though both are aloe-gels with a high concentration of Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, they are different and will have different benefits on your skin.
That is it for my first Hunnyybase post! What did you guys think?? Lemme know in the comments below!! Thank you so much for reading, Ill see you guys soon!!
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