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We're just back from a month long holiday to the US, where we had fabulous weather, in fact the highest temperature we had one day was 112 Fahrenheit!! I took loads of lotions 'n' potions with me, and I brought even more back according to my husband! And so I've got loads of new stuff to review!
One of the items that I took with me was the Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturising Body Gel. I picked this up a little while ago in Boots when it was offer at £2.99, the full retail price is £4.69. It comes in a 200ml bottle.
I chose this for two reasons really; one - I figured that because it's a gel consistency then it would be lovely and cooling on my skin on those hot mornings and evenings, and two - because it contains aloe vera it would be perfect for sun parched skin.
So as the name suggests the Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturising Body Gel is a gel, and it's a fairly thick transparent gel with just a hint of a minty green colour. The bottle that the gel comes in is clear, which I really like so that I can see how much of the gel is left. The flip top bottle is easy to grasp and hold, even with slightly sticky hands, and the little hole in the lid that dispenses the gel doesn't dispense too much at a time from just a gentle squeeze on the bottle.
The gel sank into my skin instantly on application, however it did leave a slightly sticky coating on my skin which took a good 10 minutes or so to dry before I could then get dressed. This wasn't a problem on holiday though when it was all about lazy mornings and leisurely evenings. It didn't however feel greasy on my skin at all, and that slightly sticky coating didn't stay on my skin, it did dry off, it just took a little while to do so.
The gel certainly felt very cooling, and very light and refreshing on my skin when I applied it, and it also felt very soothing and hydrating on my skin. I actually took to leaving this body gel in the fridge whilst we were on holiday as the fridge cold gel was especially cooling and soothing on my hot skin. This really helped to cool down and calm down my hot and red skin, I'm very pale (i.e. milk bottle white!) with tonnes of freckles and I never tan, I burn. I never allow myself to burn, but my skin does redden if I'm too hot and this gel really helped to cool down and soothe my skin. The gel was meaty enough to keep my skin smooth and moisturised, whilst still being light enough that it didn't clog my skin or feel too rich and heavy on my skin.
I was actually slightly disappointed with the aloe vera fragrance in this body gel, it wasn't as intense an aloe vera fragrance as I would have liked, it was actually quite a subtle light and fresh aloe vera fragrance, and although the fragrance did linger on my skin, it was only a very subtle hint of aloe vera that lingered on my skin.
Overall though I did like this body gel. It did have the drawback of leaving my skin slightly sticky for a little while, and I personally would have preferred a stronger aloe vera fragrance. But it did a good job, and I would certainly purchase it again.
I bought a bottle of this in my local discount shop where there were selling it for only £1.50. As it was by Vaseline and was one that I hadn't tried I snapped it up. The usual price is £4.69.
I try and moisturise my body as much as possible to keep it in the best condition that I can but sometimes the body lotions can feel a bit rich on my skin if my skin isn't feeling dry. I also don't like to use anything heavy in the summer because it just feels like it is clogging my pores.
This gel was a great find for me and I really liked using it. The gel is clear but thick and it felt so lightweight on my skin. It just glided on my skin and was easy to rub it all over as it took a minute or two to really absorb so I didn't have any problems with missing any areas I was trying to moisturise.
It made such a nice change from body lotions and creams. I wouldn't be without a rich body lotion or cream especially in winter as I think this is what keeps the dry skin on my body at bay but some days I just feel like I don't need to use a rich cream but my skin still needs some light hydrating and this would be perfect for those situations.
The gel moisturised my skin nicely but it didn't feel heavy or greasy on my skin and was just what I was hoping to achieve from a gel which is a nice light feeling but softer and moisturised skin. It did feel a little tacky to the touch when it had absorbed into my skin but this only lasted for a few minutes and then my skin was just soft to the touch and feeling comfortable with no dryness.
With the richer creams and lotions I can feel them on my skin for hours afterwards as they leave a sort of oily barrier on the top of my skin which doesn't feel horrible and I'm grateful for the protection but this was a nice change to just have soft skin without feeling as though I actually was wearing anything.
I will definitely buy this again and hopefully the shop will have a few bottles left so that I can stock up on some when it is such a good price as I think perhaps it is a little bit over priced normally as I did need a lot of the gel to cover my whole body so I don't think that the 200ml bottle would last me very long if I was using it twice a day.
I suffer from a condition known as winter dry skin which basically means that the combination of cold weather and central heating just seeps the moisture from my skin and leaves it really dry. If I don't moisturise it several times a day it can become sore and cracked.
Because of this I go through loads of different moisturisers. Some I buy because I know them to be good but some I just try because they are on offer and are good value for money. Vaseline is a brand which is always really good when it comes to body moisturisers so when I saw that this aloe fresh moisturiser was on offer I decided to try it out.
It usually costs £4.69 but I managed to get it for £2.29 when it was on special offer. The gel is a clear colour gel and not surprisingly it looks and feels a lot like aloe vera gel.
It had an instant cooling effect when I put in on my skin and I would think that this would be a really nice moisturiser to use in the summer especially after being out in the sun as it did feel soothing on my skin too.
The gel absorbed into my skin quite quickly but I did notice it felt my skin feeling a little bit sticky afterwards. The stickiness wasn't greasy but it did feel a bit strange and wasn't particularly nice feeling and my t-shirt did stick to my skin a few times while this was on. The stickiness did go away after half an hour or so of wearing the gel.
As a moisturiser it was quite good and it did soften my skin and leave it feeling less tight but it just wasn't moisturising for my skin. I am sure it would be fine for normal skin but for my extra dry skin it just wasn't rich or nourishing enough as after a couple of days of using it I noticed that my skin was becoming itchy again which is one of the main problems with my particular dry skin condition.
I would definitely buy this again in the summer because as I said it was really soothing and would be nice on my skin after being in the sun but for my particular dry skin condition I wouldn't use this again myself in winter.
I would recommend that you try this though if you are looking for a really light and refreshing moisturiser for your skin as it was nice to use just not for me.
Working in a restaurant, carrying very hot plates etc means that my hands get quite dry. As I have been working a lot of hours recently, my hands have become very dry. So when I was in Asda, I spotted this Vaseline Aloe Vera Body Gel. I didn't want to spend too much as I am really watching the pennies at the moment. The gel was priced at £2, and even then I was thinking ;is there a cheaper one available - but in the end decided to go with this one. When I got home and looked at my receipt, I saw that they had charged me £4.97 for this and so it must have been priced wrong. So I was quite annoyed as I wasn't too happy spending £2 on it, never mind almost a fiver!
The gel comes in a see-through bottle (useful to be able to see how much is left in the bottle). The gel itself is green in colour and when it is in the bottle it looks all 'bubbly'. The gel has a 'fresh' scent which I found quite attractive.
Applying the gel is simple. Simply squirt a little of it on to your hands and start to rub. I don't know if it due to the fact that maybe I squirted too much out of the bottle, but I found this gel to be quite thick and heavy. My hands felt quite sticky and uncomfortable and I felt as though I wanted to wash my hands.
The gel took quite a while to absorb - around ten minutes, which was a bit annoying as I prefer something to absorb quickly - especially as I was waiting for it to try before going to bed. I did wake up with nice soft hands and so the end result was good.
So whilst the 'putting it on' procedure wasn't great for me, the results were good and so I would recommend this product, although I am not sure I would buy it at just under £5 again unless it was on offer.
Thanks for reading!
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I first started using a Vaseline body gel when I found the amazing smelling Cocoa body gel. I love using it and its turned into one of my favourite things to rub on my body after my shower but I am now also using the aloe fresh body gel too after I found it in Boots. I was really excited to find this one as I have used the cream in the past and absolutely love the smell of the aloe.
Enriched with pure aloe, this is a hydrating body gel for healthy fresh skin. According to the packaging, "Your skin has its own cooling system that naturally regulates body temperature. However perspiration and heat can make skin hot and sticky, while the environment pulls moisture from skin, leaving it feeling dry and tight. Vaseline Aloe Fresh moisturising products are light and refreshing, to help keep your skin smooth and revived every day. Vaseline Essential Moisture Aloe Fresh Hydrating Body Gel is a light and soothing moisturising gel that glides on to skin for an instant burst of hydration. Its unique formula contains 100% pure Aloe Vera, renowned for soothing and hydrating properties. The fresh fragrance of soothing Aloe Vera combined with quick penetrating conditioners revitalise skin leaving it feeling cool and refreshed."
I'll first comment on the smell as this gel is absolutely gorgeous, really fresh and light and beautiful on my skin. It's quite a refreshing scent and this one is gorgeous, so light and sweet and not overpowering at all. There is a hint of aloe, that nice plant herb extract smell. I love products with aloe in as it is such a good moisturiser and I find it always work with my skin. I can also smell cucumber in this gel, that light, watery fresh fragrance, beautiful.
The gel is see through and quite thick. When I squeeze it out onto my legs it does start to run a bit but generally stays on my legs until I rub it in. You can feel like you've put an oil/gel on your body but it soaks in well and I definitely have really smooth skin after using it. It makes my skin feel really soft and I find that softness does last all throughout the day. The gel is a bit expensive, a 200ml bottle costs £4.99 but you really don't need a lot to cover all of your skin so it does last a long while and is a gel I recommend.
This past weekend I returned home after being out for the day with an unusually rosey face which I attributed mostly to just being hot. But after the redness didn't wear off after a few hours I realised finally that I was actually pretty badly burnt and my face was sore to the touch. I didn't burn anywhere other than my face as my body had been covered so I wanted to use something that would soothe the irritation and also be gentle as obviously the skin is more senstive on the face.
Vaseline specialise in skin treatment and ensuring that your skin feels smooth and soft. Many of their products focus on moisturising as is the case with this particular product, however they tend to focus on different areas such as the lips, face and body. The name is very respected and you can be sure that their products are enriched with quality.
The bottle the product comes in is clear and the liquid and lid are both a similar pale green. The bottle contains 200ml which tends to run out quite fast as the liquid itself is quite thin, although this has its advantages as it makes application much easier and the liquid also absorbs much more easily into the skin.
Upon flipping up the lid you merely apply the moisturiser onto the skin and it quickly invigorates the skin. I applied the product about 3 times a day since the weekend which is easy enough tto do and it really has helped to clear up my skin. Additionally, because of the sun burn when my skin began to peel the moisturiser also helped to soothe this and prevent my skin from getting too dry which meant that it cleared up much faster than previously when I haven't bothered to use a product to treat it.
The product is made with 100% aloe vera and as such has refreshing and soothing qualities. As mentioned before, it is quite thin in substance, which makes application easier and also has a nice lightweight feel which is especially warrented in the summer time when you may feel a little weighed down by humidity or very dry conditions.
Price and Availability:
The product is a little pricey and in most pharmacies tends to cost about £4. Online it can be purchased for about a pound less and so I recommend looking about to save yourself some cash.
This is a nice summer moisturiser/after sun gel that refreshes and leaves the skin feeling soft and smoother than before. This is a great product for when your skin is feeling heavy and oily, but may not be as useful in the winter months when you face much harsher conditions. My one criticism would be that because I used the product on my face the aloe was very overwhelming and when I applied it to the areas directly below the eye it did tend to make them water. This may not be the case for everyone, but when I wasn't used this immediately I did have to wash off the product at first (however because of its quick absortion this feeling does not last all that long). However, the product is a body gel and so is not made for use by the face necessarily and so this is mostly my fault for using it as a substitute for other more suitable products! It is great quality which you might expect from something this sort of price, but for everyday use this might be a little too much to spend regularly.
I'm currently working in a country where the high temperatures and arid conditions have been wreaking havoc with my 'combination' type skin, so to counteract the damage my body has been taking I've been consuming skin potions and lotions like a chocaholic on a tour of Belgium.
Letters to home from me which have begged for moisturiser to be sent out have been met with apathy - my wife thinks I'm joking. Well, I've finally managed to get hold of some Vaseline Aloe Fresh body gel and don't mind singing its praises here.
The effect it has on my rapidly drying out skin is almost instant, and then my skin remains moisturised for hours before a re-application is required. Even though the cream is stored in my rucksack in ambient temperatures approaching 50 degrees, it feels cooling when applied to my skin. The aloe and cucmber version I have has the hue of milk and the viscosity of runny toothpaste.
I believe the cooling sensation comes from the aloe leaf juice content, which is a well known home remedy for relief from burns. The cucumber element also has hydrating properties - after all cucmbers are made up of roughly 90% water.
The 400 ml bottle has lasted me a month so far and thats with using it at least twice a day. I'd say there's roughly half a bottle left. It's non greasy, presumably as it's mainly water based as opposed to petroleum based moisturisers which work by trapping moisture in and can be hard work to rub around the skin, whereas this moisturiser soaks into the skin like puppy wee on a carpet.
I think highly of this product, it works fantastically well in very demanding conditions - a full five stars.
As a bloke I have to say I'm not massively in touch with the feminine side of life and am not one for moisturising, primping or making myself look beautiful.
However, as you are reading this review for a moisturising product you may be forgiven for thinking I'm a liar. But I use this product for cracked and callused hands.
I know this sounds disgusting, however I am currently working in a hot dry and dusty place involving manual labour and decent graft. I also lift weights, which again causes calluses on the palm of the hands beneath each finger, which are actually quite painful (think corn kind of pain). I appreciate; this does not paint an attractive picture.
Needless to say, a kind person sent me a 200ml bottle of Vaseline aloe Vera gel, for reasons unbeknown to me. After some time I began to use it to sooth my hands, which it indeed has.
I hate having creams, lotions etc etc on me, I don't even like sun cream as I do not like the sticky nasty feeling, luckily for me this gel is rapidly absorbed, and the uncomfortable feeling is avoided! A huge tick in the box for me.
I have used other similar lotions before like E45 which I have found greasy and pretty nasty to be honest, but the gel is great, I only use a little at a time to avoid being too slippery. It does smell good too. The aloe Vera content smells particularly good and not fragrant at all so you won't smell like you have just wandered through the perfume department at Debenhams.
The aloe Vera is a selling feature for me. It means there are cacti involved which are sharp and spiky, meaning in simple minds like mine, slightly more masculine.
If you read the blurb on the back of the bottle it will tell you that the product will leave your skin with a sheer, light burst of hydration. Well, I'm never going to have baby soft hands, but the hydrating part is correct, the skin dryness has reduced which in turn has also stopped cracking of the skin at the joints.
There are the typical ingredients that you would associate with such a product which mean very little to the average reader, but needless to say there are no alarming chemicals likely to cause you any harm.
In short, from someone who is not a typical user of such products i would recommend it. It has done exactly what it states it should by moisturising the skin. The product is sold as a body lotion/gel. I'm not quite there yet, but it certainly works on my rough hands.
I'll certainly purchasing more once this runs out, so feel people reading this should also!
Enjoy and thanks for reading.
I've always liked fresh 'green' smells and have enjoyed using Aloe Vera products before so when I saw this Moisturising Body Gel in Boots I thought I'd give it a try. I think it's a fairly new product and because of this was on offer at £3 rather than the usual price of £4.49. This is quite a lot more than I'd pay for my usual body moisturisers so I was expecting great things! It also comes in a Cocoa Butter variety but I can't stand the smell of that although I know lots of people love it...
This gel comes in a 200ml clear plastic bottle with a green plastic flip-top lid. You can see the gel through the bottle and it's an attractive light green transparent gel with bubbles suspended in it like a glass of lemonade or something! This is quite unusual and eye-catching. The packaging is quite simple, with a label on the front and back with the Vaseline logo on and the name of the product. On the back it lists the ingredients in and has a bit of sales-y blurb which claims that this gel 'glides onto skin for a sheer burst of hydration. The light aloe vera formula conditions while instantly refreshing skin. For daily use all year round - and contains no alcohol.' I sometimes find body lotions or butters a bit too heavy or sticky so was looking forward to trying this.
It squeezes out easily and is just the right consistency: not too thick but not so runny it's hard to control. I applied this to my arms and legs and rubbed it in a little bit. The first thing I noticed was that it felt quite cold - at the time of writing, in this lovely sunshiney heat, that was a good thing, but not great if you'd just got out of the bath or shower in the middle of winter! It spreads easily over the skin and you don't need to use a lot to cover a large area. It leaves a glossy sheen on the skin and really does make it feel soft and healthy. However I was disappointed to note that it does take a while to absorb and feels a little bit sticky for quite a while which is annoying when you want to get dressed!
The smell is every bit as gorgeous as I hoped: it smells fresh, natural and 'leafy' - like freshly cut grass. The fragrance lingered on my skin and also on my clothes for the rest of the day, so if you like it, it's nice to get a waft now and again.
With continued use, my skin did feel softer and more moisturised, but it's definitely a lighter moisturiser than many I've used. I don't think it would be great on very dry skin. I actually find the best use for it is when I've epilated my legs and they feel a bit hot and stingy, as this is really cooling and soothing without bunging up my pores. It's also nice to cool you down on hot days and I imagine would be good as an after-sun lotion on mildly sunburnt skin.
In conclusion, I'm not sure I'll buy this again. It's a pleasant product but not one for heavy-duty moisturising! I might try the lotion of the same scent from the Vaseline range next.