Posted: Sep 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM
(Last Updated: Oct 04, 2012 at 10:34 AM)
Mango and aloe are pretty compatible flavors and Leaf Up’s Aloe Juice definitely sees the benefits of this. This variety pairs aloe vera gel, puree, and powder along with mango puree and flavoring for the basis of its flavor. It’s been sweetened with sugar and honey, with the product having 23g of sugar and 110 calories (although there’s a technical issue with their nutrition facts panel that says a serving size of “1 cup / 9.3 fl oz”). Added vitamins (vitamin C, B vitamins) are nice, but not really a selling point for what is basically a juice drink for refreshment purposes. Our only issue with what’s inside the bottle is the drink’s finish, which is a bit too heavy on the aloe. More mango would probably address this. On the design front, the glass bottle has a premium look to it that is often lacking from the often commoditized-looking plastic bottles that litter the aloe category. However, there are some flaws in the design. Most notably are their treatment of the brand name and front of bottle text (on top of the mango image) that’s virtually unreadable. We’d like to see the text issue cleaned up and it made more clear as to what the brand name is. Overall, a good start, but not quite there yet.