Product Type: Vaseline Body Care
Newest Review: ... 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, a... more
Refreshing, cooling moisture gel
Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturising Body Gel
Member Name: rrrrachel
Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturising Body Gel
Advantages: Lovely fragrance, soothing
Disadvantages: Didn't add much moisture to my dry skin
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.
Summary: Nice for the summer - not for chilly winter mornings!
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