If you find yourself needing some aloe vera to soothe a sunburn after your Caribbean Christmas vacation, be wary: it may not have any aloe at all.
Bloomberg reports that tests it had an independent laboratory perform on aloe vera bought off the shelves at Wal-Mart, CVS, and Target did not contain any traces of actual aloe, though all three listed aloe barbadensis leaf juice as a primary ingredient.
Aloe vera is big business, too, according to Bloomberg, racking sales of $146 million in the last year.
Specifically, Bloomberg reports its independent testing found no evidence of acemannan, malic acid and glucose, the chemical markers of aloe, in the gels that were tested. Read more…