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Mother Nature in a Bottle

 

Aruba Aloe was founded on the incredible healing power of the Aloe Vera plant.  Each and every Aruba Aloe product is made with 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel to hydrate and nourish your skin and hair.  But why stop at Aloe Vera?  

 

Aruba Aloe decided to look beyond its own verdant Aloe fields to explore the healing power of other plants as well.  The R&D department carefully selected a wide array of natural plant extracts with remedial qualities that would perfectly complement the benefits of Aloe Vera for an extra boost of skin and hair wellness.  These plant extracts were blended together with other fine ingredients to create the Island Remedy Collection.  

 

So, what natural plant extracts can be found in the Island Remedy Collection?  And what are their wellness benefits?   

 

Aloe Vera Gel from Aruba 

Helps to heal and repair damaged skin                  

 

Juniper Berry extract

Cleanses the skin                                          

 

Arnica Flower extract

Adds a fresh afterfeel

 

Lemon Grass extract

Cleanses the skin

 

Balm Mint extract

Adds extra freshness

 

Chamomile Flower extract

Soothes the skin

 

Calendula Flower extract

Soothes the skin

 

Rosemary Leaf extract

Purifies and tones the skin

 

Clove Flower extract

Stimulates the skin

 

Sage Leaf extract

Purifies and tones the skin

 

Comfrey extract

Helps damaged skin to recover

 

Soap Bark extract

Helps to tone and clean the skin

 

Hops extract

Helps to relieve skin irritation

 

Wild Cherry Bark extract

Helps damaged skin to recover 

 

Horsetail extract

Soothes and firms the skin

 

Yarrow extract

Refreshes the skin

 

 

We like to think of our Island Remedy Collection as Mother Nature in a bottle.  We invite you to try our Island Remedy products and experience Mother Nature's loving, caring, and healing attention.  

 

And don't forget...Aruba's inaugural Aloe Wellness Month starts in less than a week!  Check out our signature experience, Aloe Yourself to Happiness, designed specially for Aloe Wellness Month!  

 

 

 

 

Visit our Signature Experience During the Aloe Wellness Month Aruba

 

During the month of June, the Aruba Tourism Authority is hosting the island's first Aloe Wellness Month Aruba, intended to highlight the wide range of wellness activities and experiences offered by Aruba to both island guests and locals.  We are proud to participate in this month-long festival of wellness with our Aloe Yourself to be Happy Experience.

 

The 30-minute experience will be offered at our flagship boutique at the RIU Palace Antillas Hotel in Palm Beach starting on June 1, every hour from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.  During this experience, a guide will lead participants through an impressive installation art tour that depicts the importance that Aloe Vera has had throughout history and specifically for Aruba.  Participants will also learn about the many wellness benefits of our different collections.

 

The tour will be followed by a make-your-own body scrub workshop, featuring a recipe created by our in-house skin therapist & product specialist, Anna Posner, to boost the well-being of the mind and body.  Participants will be invited to smell, taste, and feel the raw ingredients as they learn about their wellness benefits for an interactive sensory experience.  All participants will take home their self-made scrub as well as a special gift from us.

 

We will also be celebrating Aloe Wellness Month with several special promotions.  At all our Aruba Aloe stores, clients will receive a free gift with any purchase of $85 or more, and they will receive a complimentary Aloe Yourself to be Happy Experience with a purchase of $200 or more.  Our Bon Jabon Store will also be offering a special promotion, giving away a free Summer Splash Soap with every purchase of $25 or more.  When visiting our stores during June, clients can also pick up one of the special DIY menus specifically designed for Aloe Wellness Month in order to make their own scrubs and masks at home.  

 

We warmly invite the entire community to join us in celebrating wellness during the month of June.  Individuals can register for the Aloe Yourself to be Happy Experience at any of our stores, on our  website, or by calling 583-1650/emailing olacle@arubaaloe.com.  The cost of the experience is $25.

You Can't Go Wrong With Classic

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Over the years, Aruba Aloe has developed distinct collections of health and beauty products.  Of course, it's always exciting for us to launch a new line, but our classic Aruba Aloe Collection will always hold a special place in our heart.  

 

As Aloe Wellness Month approaches, we decided to take stock of the wellness benefits of our beloved classic collection.  The benefits are boundless!

 

Let's start with the most obvious health benefit of our Aruba Aloe Collection—the 100% pure Aloe Vera Gel, extracted from the aloe plants growing in our more then 125-year-old aloe plantation.  Aloe Vera is a powerful moisturizer with healing properties.  It's nature's first aid for dry, irritated, and burnt skin.  It also increases collagen production and improves skin elasticity, helping to prevent wrinkles.  (Yes, you heard that right, ladies!)  Just in case the Aloe Vera wasn't enough, we added Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, and Coconut Oil to this collection to enhance the hydrating effects.  These three ingredients also reverse environmental damage to the skin.  

 

Playing in the sun is certainly good for our well-being, but only if you protect your skin!  Our Aruba Aloe Collection makes sure of this, offering a wide range of water-resistant sunscreens.  And that intoxicating coconut scent?  Mmmmmm.  Enjoy floating away on a coconut cloud of wellness...

 

Finally, our Aruba Aloe Collection offers sulfate-free hair care.  These hair products increase the moisture retention of hair, don't strip protective oils, and are gentle on sensitive scalps.  When it comes to wellness for your hair, our sulfate-free line has you covered.

 

While our Aruba Aloe Collection is clearly packed with health benefits, the act of pampering and nourishing yourself with these products, in and of itself, contributes greatly to your emotional wellness.  Simply put, taking care of yourself makes you happy!  So go ahead—indulge in our classic collection and Aloe Yourself to Happiness!

 

Have you heard about the special experience we're offering during the month of June in celebration of Aloe Wellness MonthCheck it out here and subscribe!

Desert Bloom: Aromatherapy for Mind & Body Wellness

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Have you ever wondered why the scent of mint stimulates your mind, or why inhaling lavender is calming?  According to the National Institutes of Health, when we breathe in essential oils, they stimulate smell receptors in the nose that send chemical messages through nerves to the brain's limbic system, which affects moods and emotions, and they may even have physical benefits.  (Pass the geranium oil, please!)

 

Always on the lookout for ways to increase wellness, Aruba Aloe developed its Desert Bloom Collection in 2009.  Enriched with 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel from Aruba, this premium collection is blended with carefully selected organic essential oils and herbal extracts from Egypt that have positive effects on psychological and physical wellness.  

 

The following are the organic essential oils and herbal extracts in our Desert Bloom Collection:

 

Basil Oil
Awakens the mind and relaxes the nerves.
 
Caraway Seed Oil
Helps to relieve mental strain and emotional fatigue.
 
Chamomile Flower Oil
Soothes and heals the skin and calms the mind.
 
Cucumber Oil
Enhances skin radiance, keeps skin supple and soft, and has a cooling effect.
 
Geranium Flower Oil
Balances the mind and emotions, and keeps skin supple.
 
Jojoba Seed Oil
Moisturizes the skin, unclogs pores, and lifts impurities.
 
Lavender Oil
Calms and relaxes, has a healing effect on the skin, and helps prevent scarring.
 
Marjoram Leaf Oil
Calms emotions and boosts circulation.
 
Peppermint Oil
Cools and refreshes, stimulates the mind, and calms skin irritation.
 
Petitgrain / Citrus Leaf Oil
Relieves stress, increases circulation, and helps prevent stretch marks.
 
Green Tea Leaf Extract
Treats minor cuts and rashes.
 
Nettle Extract 
Helps reduce skin irritation, redness, itching, and inflammatory reactions.
 
Arnica Flower Extract
Stimulates the skin.

 

So go ahead!  Slather on our Desert Bloom Body Lotion, or spritz on some Desert Bloom Body Mist Surround yourself with a potpourri of essences, and cultivate your wellness!

 

Don't forget—Aruba's inaugural Aloe Wellness Month is kicking off this June.  Aruba Aloe is proud to be participating with its “Aloe Yourself to be Happy” campaign, featuring a special experience that guides participants through an Art Installation Tour and in making their own aloe-based body scrub at our flagship store at the beautiful RIU Palace Antillas Resort.  You're invited!  Check here for more details!

Aloe Yourself to be Happy!

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Have you heard? Aruba's inaugural Aloe Wellness Month is less than a month away, and we couldn't be more excited! A whole month dedicated to the health and wellness aspects of aloe!

 

Of course, we've been dedicated to the health aspects of aloe on a daily basis since the 1960s, when we became one of the first companies in the world to add nourishing Aloe Vera gel to cosmetic products. For decades, we've been touting and harnessing Aloe Vera's powerful ability to moisturize, protect, and heal the skin. So for Aloe Wellness Month, we decided to take a different course. Rather than focus on the physical benefits of Aloe Vera that our loyal clients are already aware of, we chose to focus on another aspect of wellness: HAPPINESS. That's when “Aloe Yourself to be Happy” was born.

 

What will our “Aloe Yourself to be Happy” campaign bring to Aloe Wellness Month? Aloe experiences, intended to bring joy and happiness, which are certainly important factors in the quest for wellness. First and foremost, we will be contributing a signature experience to the Aloe Wellness Menu available at participating hotels and resorts. This key experience—our “Aloe Yourself to be Happy” Experience—will give participants the opportunity to be guided through an impressive Art Installation Tour followed by a make-your-own body scrub workshop. During this workshop participants will make their very own scrub using a recipe formulated by our in-house skin specialist. Additionally, a menu of DIY scrubs and masks will be available in all our stores island-wide, giving everyone the opportunity to experience making their own aloe-based beauty and health products at home.

 

There's something special about taking the time to create something for yourself that is good for you, something that nourishes and heals you. It's an act of self-love that brings happiness, taking you one step closer to achieving true wellness.

 

We cordially invite you to Aloe Yourself to be Happy this June. Visit our stores for your very own DIY menu and special wellness promotions, and be sure to subscribe for our signature workshop.

 

For more information about this experience and to subscribe right away please click here.

 


Going Beyond the Green of our Aloe Fields

 

The Green Aruba Conference (October 26 – 31) is a reminder that going green is as important as ever on Aruba.  Over recent years we have joined the green crusade in order to contribute to a greener island. Our company strives to make sustainable choices in all areas of our business, from the field to the shelf.  

 

In the fields surrounding our factory facility in Hato, we do not use any chemical fertilizers, and harvesting is done by hand. We are currently working to install a new drip system in our fields to reduce water usage.

 

We strive to use plant-based and responsibly sourced ingredients whenever possible, including natural herbal extracts, organic essential oils, and of course, its homegrown aloe vera. In the second half of 2014, we stopped using paraben in all our products, and in December 2014, we proudly launched a sulfate-free haircare collection.  Furthermore, our company has never tested its products on animals.

 

In 2011, we switched to using 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic to package our Aruba Aloe sun, hair, and bodycare products. Half of our gift bags are made from coconut fiber, and our company works with Thai artisans to create eco-friendly, socially responsible gift set boxes.  Our shopping bags and packing materials are made from recycled paper.

 

For our newer retail stores, we worked with local design company Rustica Design to craft furniture from upcycled palette wood and other recycled materials.  At our office and stores, we use recycled paper for many of our flyers and business cards.  

 

We continue to look for ways to be more sustainable in our practices.  This eagerness to develop and better ourselves is precisely why our company has survived and thrived as a business on the island for the last 125 years.  

A celebration of Aruba's Tradition of Aloe at the "Fiesta di Cunucu"

 

On Sunday, September 27, the local community congregated  at the third annual Fiesta di Cunucu, a collaboration between us, Aruba Aloe, Santa Rosa, Muchila creativo, Departamento di Cultura Aruba, Museo Historico, and Monuments Fund to celebrate and preserve Aruba's unique cultural heritage. 

 

This year, Monuments Fund designated the traditional cunucu house and surrounding terrain at Amsterdamstraat 21 as the venue for the festival. The property belongs to the Stamper family, who cultivated corn and Aloe on their land for generations. For the event, the family brought in the original furniture, and event-goers could tour the house to get a taste of the past.

 

We, Aruba Aloe, set up an Aloe leaf-cutting presentation right next to an old Aloe oven on the property.  A series of photos were on display to tell the story of the island's culture of Aloe cultivation.  The Fiesta di Cunucu event was particularly special for us as we celebrate our 125th anniversary this year.

 

For 125 years, we have been keeping Aruba's Aloe tradition alive, harvesting Aloe plants from the same fields first planted in 1890 and processing the Aloe into some of the world's best Aloe-based beauty and health products.  In honor of these 125 years, we raffled off a special gift basket, won by mrs. S. von Saalfeld.  We also gave out free samples of its Lip Balm, Special Care Lotion, Luxe Foot Crème and SPF 30 Sunscreen.

 

Fiesta di Cunucu featured traditional music and folkloric dance performed by Gang di Arte and the Popcorn Dancers, Youth Chaz Dancers, Tipico Alegre Kadushi Largo, Tommy y su Harpa, and Sodo di Cuero.  Santa Rosa offered a variety of goods, including plants and herbal remedies.  A multitude of vendors sold handmade crafts and typical Aruban food, beverages, and sweets.

 

In conclusion, the third annual Fiesta di Cunucu was a great success, with both young and old enjoying this charming celebration of our Aruban culture. 

We received two Internationally Recognized ISO Certifications

 

As a client of Aruba Aloe, you are very important to us.  In fact, the progress we make as a business is driven by our dedication to bringing YOU some of the best health and beauty products on the market.  Therefore, we feel it's important to keep you up-to-date on our achievements, as you play a vital role in inspiring them.  

 

That said, we are so proud to share the news of our latest achievement with you.  Reinforcing our reputation for excellence, Aruba Aloe received two of the International Organization for Standardization's prestigious certifications on April 1 of this year.  

 

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world's largest developer of voluntary international standards for companies.  These standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable, and of sound quality.  The various certifications that acknowledge compliance with these standards are highly respected all over the world.  

 

After a rigorous auditing process, Aruba Aloe earned the ISO 9001 certification, which acknowledges the high quality of the company's management system.  Aruba Aloe had to demonstrate that all departments are well organized, employees meet high standards, and the work environment is suitable, all in order to ensure the quality of products.  

 

Aruba Aloe also earned the ISO 13485 certification, demonstrating that it meets the requirements to produce medical devices, namely, Alhydran.  These requirements make specifications about design and development, production, environment, safety, and trained personnel, guaranteeing the delivery of quality products.

 

The entire Aruba Aloe team worked diligently to achieve these ISO certifications.  Earning two ISO certifications in less than a year is a big accomplishment that we are very proud of.  Additionally, we received exceptional feedback from the auditing company.

 

Lastly, we'd like to THANK YOU, our valued client, for your continued support of Aruba Aloe.  With your support, we are able to continue our commitment to excellence, and we look forward to more achievements on the horizon.

Aruba Aloe Celebrates 125 Years

 

In 1890, the seeds were literally sown for a lasting legacy near and dear to Aruba’s heart.  Cornelis Eman embarked on a journey that would have lasting effects on the island both economically and culturally.  On a dusty plot of land scorched by the sun and wind in the area known as Hato, Cornelis saw growth and opportunity when many dismissed Aruba as a place where not much of anything of economic significance was grown or harvested.    

 

Although the Dutch introduced the Aloe vera plant to the island in the 1840s, it was Cornelis’s initiative to cultivate Aloe vera commercially that put Aruba on the map as “The Island of Aloes.”  By 1905, Aruba Aloe Balm, Inc. was the world’s biggest producer of Aloin, a raw, yellowish substance produced from the cells of the plant (mainly used as a laxative), selling it to pharmaceutical companies internationally via Curacao.  

 

Cornelis’s son, Casey, eventually took the reigns, building a factory to process the raw aloin for medicinal purposes.  In an interview with Dr. Koos Veel, who has been with Aruba Aloe Balm for the past 31 years, Dr. Veel explains that “it was an ambitious project for that time—lots of machinery and technology—but Casey was able to achieve production of more than 30 percent of the world’s aloe at that time, which is a huge achievement for a little company on a tiny island in the Caribbean.”

 

Casey’s success was short-lived, as the giant pharmaceutical companies, who were once buying the unprocessed Aloin, stopped buying any Aloe products—raw or processed—from Aruba Aloe Balm because they were essentially in competition with them for the processed medicinal product.  Casey, defeated by the pharmaceutical giants, sold the business to his brother, Jani.  

 

Jani had a new vision for Aruba Aloe Balm—cosmetic products.  Explains Dr. Veel, “Jani knew the benefits of using the gel extracted from the leaves…locals had already discovered the benefits of using the gel as a moisturizer, or for burns and abrasions; you have a skin problem, you go straight to the garden, cut open a leaf, and put the gel on it—that was the standard treatment here in Aruba.”

 

In the 1960s, Jani built a plant to process the gel to put into cosmetics.  “You have to imagine, back then nobody in the world knew about Aloe as a cosmetic product, yet he was far ahead of his time, putting it in lotions and creams,” says Dr. Veel.  For the most part, the Aruba Aloe Balm products were only sold in stores and pharmacies on the island.  But in 1980, the Eckerd Pharmacy chain in Florida began importing Aruba Aloe Balm products, launching a new era for the company.

 

Unfortunately, Jani passed away a year later.  Cornelis’s great-grandson, Henny Eman, took over in 1984, hiring Professor H.E. Junginger, Ph.D, a pharmaceutical technology professor, and Dr. Koos Veel. “We developed a whole new line of products—from shampoos and deodorants to skincare and suntan products—increasing the product line from five to 100 products,” says Dr. Veel.  The Aruba Aloe Balm products attracted an international audience, putting the company’s main focus on exporting again.

 

In 1986, Henny Eman became Aruba’s prime minister.  Understandably, his political duties to his country left little time to run the growing Aloe company, prompting him to eventually sell it to Louis Posner, a successful local businessman, in 2000.  Louis pushed for further globalization of the brand and built a modern factory next to the original Hato Aloe fields, with a companion museum offering tours.  The fields were further cultivated, more products developed, and new packaging was achieved for the brand’s products.  “The changes and investment were remarkable and paid off,” informs Dr. Veel, “and to date we have 17 stores in Aruba, one in Indianapolis, and one in Amsterdam…we also have websites in the U.S. and Europe that generate impressive Internet sales, and more than 80 employees locally.”   Notably, Aruba Aloe Balm also has a medical-grade cream, Alhydran, that is revered by the medical community and sold in 28 countries for its healing effects on burns and wounds, and for the reduction of scarring of the skin.  

 

Concludes Dr. Veel, “The Arubans still see Aloe as a very important part of their culture and history—you see it in the Coat of Arms of Aruba, you see it on some of the older houses in the form of decoration (folkloric hex signs were once very popular on homes in Aruba), and many Arubans still go right to their gardens for treatment using their homegrown Aloe.”

 

This article was written by Tina Causey-Beslik.