Happy Monday! To kick off the new week, I want to review a product that I’ve been meaning to talk about for months, but always forget to schedule. This is the Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel, which I’ve had in my body care routine for quite a long time now. I don’t remember exactly where I purchased my tub from, but I suspect it was an eBay purchase from at least a few years ago. I remember lending this tub to my mum after my brother had a break out on his body when I was still living with them, so that really attests to how long I’ve had this tub.
One of the key factors about any brand is whether or not they’re cruelty-free. This is one where I stand a little bit confused, as I couldn’t find any definitive information. I searched the brand’s website to see whether they have stores in mainland China, what their animal testing policy is, etc, but there isn’t a lot to go with. I’m assuming that they’re not cruelty-free as they’re not considered cruelty-free by YesStyle, who let you filter brands by cruelty-free status. There is of course room for error here, but as I can’t find information that also disputes this, I’m approaching the brand with caution and assuming they’re not cruelty-free.
So what does this product aim to do? I’m going to refer to the information from YesStyle’s product page, which you can look at in detail for yourself as well:
“This Soothing Gel is infused with 92% Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract which helps effectively soothe skin to moisturize with its refreshing application and quick absorption without stickiness. The aloe vera is produced in California and can be used on face, arms, legs, hair and etc.
A multi-functional soothing gel made from California aloe vera that gently hydrates your face, arms, legs and hair.
Contains 92% aloe vera extract, which is rapidly absorbed by skin for soothing and moisturizing effects and a refreshing sensation.”
It’s the reference to the body and hair that makes me review this as a body care product, which I don’t feature often on my blog. I use this for my arms and neck area, which are the areas of my body that need the most attention. A lot of the description above really appeal to me, as I don’t typically gravitate to body moisturisers that are thick or sticky. I prefer my skincare to absorb as quickly as possible so I can get on with the rest of my day, so that’s easily a plus for me.
Like I mentioned earlier, I bought this a few years ago, and this was a very popular and well-liked product. I bought this after considering the reviews I’d heard about at the time and wanted to try this for myself. My body is oily and sensitive like my face, but is more prone to dry patches. These dry patches are usually on my ankles, elbows and slightly rough skin on my neck. My neck isn’t dry or ‘rough’ but it’s not as smooth as my face, so I consider it an area that needs attention. My body reacts to some ingredients in body care as well as certain types of fabric cleaners, so my body sometimes has patches of irritated skin.
As I’m not allergic to aloe vera, this appeals to me as being both a general body moisturiser and a topical treatment for irritated areas of my skin. The texture itself is a thick gel inside of the tub, which is full to the brim when you first open it. It’s a 300ml tub, which is a lot of product. In spite of using this for quite a while, I’m struggling to say I’ve put a dent in even a quarter of the tub. If you plan to use this all over the body and not just the arms and neck like I do, you will definitely work through this much faster. As I use this on my own (my husband finds the texture weird) it will take me a very long time to empty this, but if you share body moisturisers with a loved one or a room mate, that will also speed up the process.
As far as the packaging goes, it’s a large tub with a twist-off lid. It’s quite secure and sometimes a little tricky to open, so I don’t have worries about it bursting open. However, because it is a 300ml tub, it’s not what I personally consider travel-friendly. You can easily scoop some into a travel-sized pot though, so you can definitely work around this limitation. When traveling I’m likely going to take a travel-size sample for experimenting anyway, so this doesn’t bother me.
The texture itself, while thick in the tub, is not when applied on the skin. I prefer to apply in small amounts at a time over my skin, as it let’s me control how much goes on my skin. It’s extremely lightweight, and absorbs very quickly into the skin. The gel formula is fantastic as I don’t have to sit around waiting for it to absorb into my skin before I put clothes on the areas of my body where I’ve applied it, or worry about my hair sticking to it when I apply it to my neck.
Ultimately this is the most low maintenance body gel moisturiser I’ve personally used. As someone who is quite low maintenance, this is right up my alley. The only downside for me is that Nature Republic doesn’t seem to be cruelty-free, however I have seen the
My Scheming – Aloe Vera + Vitamin E Soothing Hydro Gel, which is a cruelty-free alternative on YesStyle. I haven’t tried this product yet, but it is on my wish-list to eventually try, assuming it’s not discontinued by the time I work through my large stash of body moisturisers.
If you’re not a cruelty-free consumer, then I think this is definitely worth considering. However I wanted to mention the alternative above as it appears based off YesStyle’s product page to be a reasonable cruelty-free option, which is also linked above.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.