Aloe Vera-based products sold in several leading American retailers do not contain a single trace of the plant, new tests have revealed.

Store brand aloe vera gels at Wal-Mart, Target and CVS all advertised themselves as having aloe barbadensis – the scientific name for the plant – as one of its main ingredients.

Yet tests showed that Wal-Mart’s Equate Aloe After Sun Gel, Target’s Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel and CVS Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel had no indication of the plant in the product.

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