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Aloe Vera Gel Lawsuit Investigation

This Alert Affects:

Anyone who purchased certain aloe-containing products.

What Products Are Under Investigation?
Our investigation covers Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Dollar General, Publix, GNC and Trader Joe's store-brand aloe, as well as Fruit of the Earth, Purell, Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, Nature Republic and Tropic Sun products.
What's Going On?
Allegations have surfaced that these products contain little-to-no aloe. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to hear from people who purchased the products to help determine whether class action lawsuits can be filed.
Is There Any Proof?
Independent lab tests, including one performed by ConsumerLab.com, reveal that there is little to no aloe in these products.
How Can a Lawsuit Help?
Consumers may be able to get their money back. The companies may also be required to change their advertising practices.
What Can I Do?
Fill out the form on this page. One of the attorneys working with ClassAction.org may then reach out to you directly to explain how you may be able to help start a class action and get your money back.
What's the Catch?
There is none. It doesn't cost anything to contact us or talk to these lawyers – and these are the only people who will ever receive or see your information.

Independent lab testing has shown that certain aloe-containing products have little-to-no aloe in them – and some may even contain propylene glycol, which is a form of anti-freeze.

In light of this information, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are trying to get class action lawsuits started. To help with their investigations, they’re asking that anyone who bought one of the following products contact us by filling out the form on this page.   

  • CVS’s Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel
  • CVS’s 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel
  • Fruit of the Earth’s Aloe Vera 100% Gel
  • Target’s Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel
  • Walgreens Aloe Gel 0.5% Lidocaine Pain Reliever
  • Walgreens’ Aloe Vera Body Gel
  • Walgreens’ Advanced Hand Sanitizer with Aloe
  • Purell’s Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Aloe
  • Dollar General's Body Soothing Aloe Gel
  • Tropic Sun's Aloe Vera Gel
  • GNC's Aloe Vera Gel
  • Trader Joe's Aloe Vera Gel Body Moisturizer
  • Walmart’s Equate Cooling Aloe Sunburn Relief Gel
  • Walmart’s Equate Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel
  • Ocean Potion's Aloe Gel
  • Hawaiian Tropic's After Sun Cooling Gel
  • Banana Boat's Aloe Gel
  • Publix's Relieving After Sun Gel
  • Rocky Mountain's Sunburn Relief Gel
  • Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

After you get in touch, one of the attorneys may reach out to you directly to ask you about the products you purchased. You’re not obligated to take any legal action – and it doesn’t cost anything to contact us or the lawyers we work with. 

Fruit of the Earth, CVS Sued Over Aloe Products

In June 2016, both Fruit of the Earth and CVS were hit with class action lawsuits over the amount of aloe contained in some of their products. The lawsuits were filed just months after consumer watchdog site ConsumerLab.com tested a number of aloe-containing products, including Fruit of the Earth’s Aloe Vera 100% Gel.

The report found that the Fruit of the Earth product was missing “acemannan” – a key aloe compound. According to the International Aloe Science Council, which was established to protect consumers from falsely labeled aloe products, “products that do not contain acemannan are not considered to be true aloe vera.”

Yet, Fruit of the Earth sold its popular product as a 100% aloe vera gel that contains “the most concentrated amount [of] fresh aloe vera leaves on the market.” 

ConsumerLab.com (paywall) stated that even if the product had been 90% aloe vera gel, the test would have revealed “at least half a gram of the compound acemannan per 680ml bottle.”

It is believed that Fruit of the Earth is the manufacturer and supplier of CVS-brand aloe products. That’s why this investigation also covers the drug store’s Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel – which used to be sold as 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel before the company changed the name. 

Have Any Other Tests Been Done?

Yes. Attorneys working with our website hired their own independent lab to run tests on products sold by CVS, Walgreens, Target and others.

Like ConsumerLab.com, they found no detectible or discernible levels of acemannan or other ingredients that would indicate the products contain aloe. Furthermore, one test detected propylene glycol, a non-toxic or less-toxic form of antifreeze, in the CVS-brand product. Walgreens also has this ingredient listed on the bottle for its lidocaine pain reliever.  

How Is a Lawsuit Going To Help?

A lawsuit, if successful, can do two things:

  • Reimburse customers for money they spent on the aloe products
  • Require the aloe manufacturers to change their labeling so that future customers are aware of what exactly is inside the products

I Used the Aloe – What Should I Do Now?

Get in touch with ClassAction.org by filling out the form on this page. After you contact us, one of the attorneys handling this investigation may reach out to you directly. He or she will ask you which products you used and explain how you may be able to get your money back from the manufacturer. It doesn’t cost anything to talk to us or the lawyers we work with – and sharing your story with us may be able to help start a class action lawsuit.  

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Case Resources

La Tanya James, et al. v. Fruit of the Earth, Inc.
Read a lawsuit filed in California alleging that Fruit of the Earth's Aloe 100% Gel contains no actual aloe despite its advertised claims.
Patricia Bordenet, et al. v. CVS Health Corporation
Read a lawsuit filed in Illinois claiming that CVS Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel contains propylene glycol, but no aloe.