Review: The Body Shop Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

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During a moment of weakness (I seem to have many), I caved and picked up a new product to try. This is The Body Shop Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, aimed for sensitive skin. I picked this up as a potential go-to product for after I exfoliate my skin in the bath since my skin often feels slightly sore and more sensitive than usual. I’ve been a fan of The Body Shop’s products for a year or two now, so I figured this would be nice to try out. At full price without a loyalty card it costs £8.50, although with a loyalty card you can get 10% off, which is what I did. This product can be purchased in-store or bought online here although I personally like to buy in-store. This is part of Aloe Vera/Sensitive Skin range, and I’ve tried the Aloe Vera Gentle Exfoliator in the past, before I started my blog.

The website claims that the product:

  • Cools and moisturises

  • [to be] use[d] whenever skin needs extra care

  • Use on targeted areas or over whole face

  • Suitable for sensitive skin

(Quoted from The Body Shop UK website)

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The idea of using a gel on my skin always appeals to me as you’ll read almost any “basics to skincare” type post online saying how oily skin should gel based formulas since they don’t tend to clog pores and cause breakouts. While I’m not sure how much I agree with this, I have been following this rule on many occasions when picking out my skincare products, and with this product being gel based, I figured I could be on to a winner.

When dispensed onto the skin, the gel comes out in very inconsistent textures, from the times that I’ve used it. Sometimes, it’ll come out in a liquidy-gel which can be spread over the skin very easily. Other times, like in the photo, it comes out as a very solid gel which is impossible to apply to the skin. Unfortunately, the latter descriptions I’ve provided happens more often and really disappointed me. When it is in a useable consistency, it feels lovely on the skin, making my skin feel soothed and cooled after a hot bath. But since more than 80% of the time I can’t use it, it makes using this product as part of my skin extremely unreliable.

Would I buy this again? Unfortunately, no. While this is great on the skin when it does spread in the right consistency, it has an unreliable texture which makes convincing me to repurchase the product again impossible. Unless they adjust the formula slightly so it does have a consistent liquid-gel texture; I have no intentions of buying this again.

Have you tried this product? If so, did you have any luck with it? I would love to hear your from you.

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