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I was given a gift of eight gels from SBC, having never heard of the company before. Apparently the name stands for Simply Beautiful Collection and the products have featured on the shopping channel QVC - admittedly, this made me a little wary of the gels when I received them, as I tend to associated shopping channels (perhaps unfairly) with overpriced, unheard-of brands.
A 125ml bottle of Lavender Gel was included in the collection I was given. Also included were gels such as Cucumber, Aloe and a couple I didn't want to try from the offset, Collagen and Propolis Gels. Having done a little research into the company, it seems that the collagen used in their gel is not animal collagen, and they've provided information on how the collection of propolis is not harmful to bees, but as a vegetarian I still found the thought of these gels too 'icky' and avoided trying them.
SBC gels are designed to be used in a variety of ways, unless otherwise instructed on the bottle. Most of the gels can be used for body or facial moisturising, and the gels can be combined.
I've used the Lavender Gel for body moisturising purposes, rather than facial. This gel has extracts of lavender and witch hazel, and is reported to reduce itching, irritation and skin redness. A combination of hot weather and working night shift had left me with some red, irritated skin on my legs, so this is mainly where I've been using the gel.
I find that the Lavender Gel does have a soothing effect, and it certainly seems to be a gentle enough product to apply to skin that's a bit irritated. Because it's a water-based gel, it is very pleasant and cooling to use in the summer, and it's quickly absorbed - I find that some moisturisers and body butters just sit on my skin in this weather, but this is much lighter and provides moisture without leaving my skin feeling greasy.
There is a pleasant, natural lavender smell from the gel, which also makes it ideal to use at bedtime or, in my case, in the morning at the end of a shift. SBC don't use too many chemical nasties in their products, so there are no parabens in here.
The downside to this product is the price. The 125ml bottle I have, if bought on its own, would cost £11 according to the SBC website, with a 500ml bottle being £34.50. I would say this is over-priced, and it's certainly outside of my budget. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that SBC is one of those companies whose products are often priced highly to begin with and then reduced for 'offers' - the person who bought me the gift set said it was a special offer on QVC. I've also seen these gels on sale on ebay at competitive prices.
I'm giving this gel four stars, because it is very pleasant and soothing to use. It loses one star for the price tag, but I'd probably buy it again at a more reasonable price, and it doesn't seem too difficult to find it with the price reduced.
Light textured, easily absorbed, non-sticky, water-based gel / Provides soothing, calming relief for sensitive or heat-damaged skin / Suitable for all ages / With added Witch Hazel this gel is an exceptional cooling and soothing moisturiser for stressed skin that means acne / Applied at times of stress and tension this easily absorbed gel will help calm and relax before sleep / Can also be helpful to soothe insect bites and stings / Directions for use: For sensitised or heat-damaged skin, smooth on gently, applying as often as required / For areas of tension and stress, apply generously and massage in lightly / Lavender Gel can be blended with massage gel / To aid relaxation and promote restful sleep, apply as a body and facial moisturiser before bedtime / For best results use in conjunction with Lavender Bath Soak /