Aloe Vera Aloe barbadensis oil is one of my favorite base oils because it is so light and absorbs quickly into the skin leaving no residue. The color of the oil is clear and has no aroma that I can smell which makes it amazing to use in blends, not having to compete with the essential oils.
“Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids” (Surjushe, Vasani, & Saple, 2008).
I also appreciate this oil because “it softens the skin and reduces dryness and irritation” (Petersen, 2016a). Having these therapeutic properties makes aloe vera oil beneficial when used on the face to help with dry mature skin (Petersen, 2016b).
Petersen, D. (2016a). Aroma 101 Introduction to Aromatherapy. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. Pages 282, 283
Petersen, D. (2016b). Aroma 203 Aromatherapy 1. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. Page 142