Fruit of the Earth manufactures several lines of personal care products that use aloe vera, a nutrient-rich plant with healing abilities. One such product is its vitamin E skin-care cream, to be distinguished from its vitamin E skin-care lotion. Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Skin Care Cream comes in two sizes: an 8-oz. tube and 4-oz. jar. While the ingredients in this product are primarily plant-based, it also contains potentially harmful additives.
About Fruit of the Earth
Fruit of the Earth, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a family business founded in 1980. The company prides itself in being 100 percent American owned and operated, with nature-inspired skin, sun and health care products. All of its skin care items contain aloe vera.
Aloe Vera Benefits
Aloe vera contains vitamins A, C and E, which have antioxidant properties and thus neutralize destructive free radicals in the body. It also contains B vitamins and choline, which support amino acid metabolism (vitamin B 12 helps produce red blood cells), and folic acid, which supports the growth of all blood cells. In addition, aloe vera contains 10 different minerals, including calcium, which supports bone growth; potassium, used for the proper function of all cells, tissues and organs; and zinc, involved in cellular metabolism.
Other Plant-Based Ingredients
Additional hydrating ingredients found in Fruit of the Earth’s Vitamin E Skin Care Cream include mineral oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower seed oil, sesame oil, coconut oil and hydrogenated vegetable oil base.
Ingredients of Concern
Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Skin Care Cream contains fragrance, a potentially toxic ingredient that received an 8 out of 10 hazard rating from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which conducted in-depth research on the scientific evidence showing an association between fragrance and potential toxicities, including allergic reactions and neurotic effects. The arguably toxic ingredients methylparaben, diazolidinyl and urea triethanolamine also received high hazard scores from the EWG.
Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E Skin Care Cream received a 5 ½ out of 6 rating from 51 users on Drugstore.com. They gave the cream high compliments, stating that it absorbs quickly, goes on smoothly, is long lasting, moisturizes well, is not greasy, smells great and softens the skin.