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The Santaverde Finca in Andalusia

The Santaverde Finca in Andalusia.

On our finca the hills of Estepona, the aloe vera plant is cultivated organically, harvested by hand and freshly processed. The special microclimate in Andalusia, which is characterised by an alternation between warm summers and cold winters, enables the plant to store nutrients sustainably. Combined with the highest possible naturalness in the cultivation and processing of the aloe vera leaves, we obtain aloe vera gel of the highest quality on our finca.

All year round, everything on our finca revolves around the valuable raw material aloe vera.




Aloe vera from certified organic cultivation

Aloe vera Plant.

The cultivation of the fields according to the rules of certified organic cultivation and the year-round care of the plants are done exclusively by hand. Organic cultivation gives the plant its natural growing time and allows it to accumulate all the valuable active ingredients over the years.

More about the processing of pure aloe vera juice in our cosmetic products and the unique formulation can be found here.

Harvesting the aloe vera leaves by hand

Harvesting of the aloe vera leaves.

After the sunniest months of July and August, the main harvesting season begins. Only the ripe plant leaves in the fields are removed from the mother plant by hand. To do this, each individual leaf is gently scratched at the base of the leaf and pulled off the plant stem with gentle physical force, without damaging the mother plant. The freshly harvested leaves then go directly to the finca for further processing.

Fresh processing of the aloe vera in the Laboratorio

The Laboratory in the middle of the aloe vera fields on the Santaverde Finca.

Pure manual labour also ensures the naturalness and the richness of the active ingredients of the precious aloe vera gel from which the pure juice, the main ingredient of all Santaverde products, is extracted. No machine can replace the hand and eye of humans here. The freshly harvested leaves are processed in our modern production laboratory in the middle of the aloe vera fields immediately after harvesting - this guarantees the extraordinary freshness of the precious aloe vera gel.

Production workers filleting aloe vera leaves in the laboratory at the Santaverde Finca.

First, the leaves are freed from soil residues and carefully washed. After separating the thorny sides of the leaves and the hard outer skin, the soft inner leaf fillet is removed. Then the transparent gel fillets are selected according to quality and purity.

Production worker Mónica Cercana checking the quality of the leaf fillet of the aloe vera plant.

The result: 100 % pure aloe vera gel with the greatest possible richness of active ingredients, free of any additives for an intensive effect on the skin.

Visit us at the Santaverde Finca

Driveway to the Santaverde Finca in Estepona in Andalusia.

Visitors are welcome at the Santaverde Finca. In the hills of Estepona, you can discover and learn everything about the organic cultivation, harvesting and processing of the medicinal plant aloe vera. During harvest time from September to January, you can watch the complex extraction of the active ingredient-rich aloe vera gel through the glass walls of our production laboratory.

You also have the opportunity to buy field-fresh plants and leaves as well as our natural cosmetic products directly on site.

The aloe vera leaves are freed from soil residues in the Santaverde Laboratory.

You can visit the finca during opening hours free of charge and without registration. For groups, please make an appointment.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
In July and August: 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Contact:

Santaverde Finca
Camino Cala Bujeo s/n
29680 Estepona - Malaga, Spain
Tel. +34 952 80 83 43
Contact person: Carmen Labanda, e-mail: carmen@santaverde.es

How to reach us:

Coming from the AP-7/E-15, take exit 157 onto the A7 towards Estepona (Este), then exit Estepona. On Av. Litoral, leave the Carrefour supermarket on your left. About 300 m further on, take the first road (Camino Cala Bujeo) on the right before the small river Rio la Cala. Follow the road for 2 km until you see Santaverde Finca on your right.

Tip: Enter "Santaverde Estepona" in Google Maps and you will easily find us.

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