The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser
I really like The Body Shop, but I do sometimes find the products don't always quite perform as I would like, whilst others are amazing.
I also love Aloe Vera and it is seldom that an Aloe Vera product disappoints me. Pure Aloe Vera Gel is an amazing product and the healing properties of Aloe Vera are really quite special. Aloe Vera is a succulent plant containing a pure inner gel. The gel of the Aloe Vera Barbadensis has been used for centuries to improve and maintain health and beauty. Natural Aloe Vera Gel is a bitter tasting natural gel that can be used both internally and externally in its natural form and is a product in many beauty products. Personally, I use it in soap making, on burns and anywhere healing or cleansing is required. This review, however, is about a specific Aloe Vera product.
I was first introduced to The Body Shop Aloe Vera range when I won a set and delighted in trying out the various items that arrived in the box. One of the products was this Facial Cleanser and it is probably the one single item I have repeat purchased the most.
The container is stand up pale green plastic bottle, featuring an easy thumb lift flip up/click shut lid. The product is removed by flipping the lid and squeezing the sides of the bottle. The stand up design is potentially problematic when the container reaches the last quarter of product and I get around the problem of waiting for the product to reach the aperture by either balancing on its top after each use - possible but not easy or laying on its side when the quantity of product gets low in the container. The description and identity labels are stuck on front and rear with the rear featuring a lift up flap which reveals the Body shop mantras of Fair Trade and against animal testing as well as the recyclable. PET (type of plastic) and use once opened icons. The usage icon is 6 months.
The range is recognisable by the pale green colour scheme which runs though from the bottle to the label, the front label as well as the instantly recognisable Body Shop logo also features a partial aloe vera plant picture on one side.
The fragrance is barely discernible.
Once squeezed out the cleanser presents as a white cream the substance of a body lotion and smoothes onto damp skin easily.
I always wash my hands first and then run some warm water into the basin, after carefully removing my eye make-up, first I damp my skin and then I simply squeeze a little cleanser onto my hand about the size of a lemon sherbert sweet, roll it up to my fingertips and carefully massage onto my face with large upwards and outwards circular movements. Once I have ensured the product has included the creases of my nose and my jaw line as well as my neck. I rinse off with the warm water. This method suits me well at night. In the mornings when I shower, I use the product in the shower, which works well too.
The cleanser is easily rinsed off and my skin feels clean, with no adverse feelings such as tightness or oiliness. The cleanser does not leave any scum or residue in the basin either. All in all a pleasant facial cleansing experience. However, I believe this product is designed to be used on a cotton wool pad and followed with the aloe vera toner to rinse.
I used this range a great deal when I was younger and it saddens me to say that it no longer suits my skin. I don't think the product has changed, but my skin has. Baring the aforementioned in mind I would suggest this product is ideal for those users below 30 years old as a very approximate suggestion.
CLAIMS & INGREDIENTS:
"If everyday cleansers leave your skin feeling tight and dry, this is the product you've been waiting for. It dissolves impurities while soothing and refreshing skin."
"Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) (Skin Soothing Agent), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Elaeis guineensis (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Sorbitol (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Orbignya oleifera (Babassu Oil) (Emollient), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Disodium Phosphate (pH Buffer"
Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser is an ideal cleanser for sensitive skin. It does contain alcohol, which may upset some skins, but natural Aloe Barbadensis is a very high ingredient on the list, which is why I want to love it still and recommend it. The cleanser does live up to its claims and I will probably continue to buy it - as a gift for my daughter!
To learn more about The Body Shop visit their website: http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/index_s.aspx Body Shop founder Anita Roddick who started with one small shop sold the company a few years back. Roddick was an effective human rights activist and environmental campaigner, her shop and then company retailing beauty products was one of the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals and to promote the third world countries where many of the ingredients were grown. Roddick also founded a charitable organisation which helps disadvantaged children in eastern Europe and Asia. In 2007 Roddick died of a long standing hepatitis problem believed to stem from her buying expeditions. Roddick was also a campaigner to increase awareness of hepatitis C and was a tirelss campaigner until the end. Her tenacity and vision has shaped the beauty industry as we know it today.
4/5 simply because I cannot give it 5 now, although would have a few years ago!
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:
Usual price is £3.00 and I am sure it used to be a lot more. Available from The Body Shop in-store and on-line as well as outlets such as eBay or Amazon (see the Dooyoo links).
I enjoy buying products from The Body Shop and have tried a number of their skincare products. Recently I purchased a set of miniatures made up of products from the Aloe skincare range. The Aloe range is designed for sensitive skin and, as the name suggests, contains aloe vera, known to hydrate and soothe skin. This review will discuss the Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser.
***Price and Availability***
The cleanser costs £7 for a 200ml bottle and a 60ml bottle is also available as part of the set of miniatures. It is only available from The Body Shop, either in-store or online.
The cleanser comes in a clear plastic bottle made up of recycled, and recyclable, ingredients. It is easy to see how much product is left. The label is white and green to fit in with the other products in the range, and the aloe plant itself - a picture of the plant is present on the packaging. The miniature and full-size bottles are identical in design, both having flip-top lids. It is easy at first to get the cleanser out, but I did have to keep the bottle upside down towards the end.
The aloe vera used by the Body Shop is grown without pesticides and is harvested, washed and processed by hand, without using preservatives. It is part of the brand's Community Trade range of ingredients, which means it is grown in a sustainable way and helps to provide an essential income for farmers in Guatemala, as well as assisting with materials for schools. Aloe vera gel is listed second on the ingredients list, suggesting that after water, it is included in the greatest quantity. This suggests that the product name is an accurate reflection of the product. Also included are moisturising babassu oil and xanthan gum.
The Body Shop claims that this cleanser gets rid of impurities while refreshing the skin. It is meant not to leave your skin feeling tight and dry. Aloe vera is meant to be very good for sensitive skin, which is why it is used in this range.
***Use of the Product***
I prefer to use a face wash in the shower in the morning, saving the cleansing and toning process for the evening. Therefore I used this cleanser only at night. It had a standard cream cleanser consistency, neither too thick nor too thin, and it was white in colour and lacked scent. In fact it reminded me a lot of the Simple Cleanser. To use the product, I put some on a cotton wool pad and wiped it over my face. I then used the accompanying toner and night cream.
I found this cleanser was very good at removing most makeup. It wasn't so good at removing eye makeup, but I have a separate eye makeup remover anyway so this wasn't too big a problem. It made my skin feel soothed and refreshed, without experiencing any irritation.
The cleanser didn't make my skin feel as moisturised as the Vitamin E cleanser had (probably because that contained shea butter while the Aloe cleanser doesn't), but neither did my skin feel dry or tight.
The small bottle of cleanser has lasted me around a month, which isn't bad at all, so it's better value for money than might be expected.
I've been impressed with this cleanser. As it is good for sensitive skin, doesn't make skin feel dry or tight but succeeds in removing makeup and refreshing skin, it fulfils all its claims. However, as previously mentioned it reminded me of the Simple Cleanser, which is a lot cheaper. Therefore, I'd be more likely to buy that again rather than The Body Shop's Aloe Cleanser.
I recently treated myself to a few products from The Body Shop's Aloe skincare range using a 40% discount voucher I had. This range is suited to sensitive skin which is why I bought it, the skin on my face is extremely sensitive and it's hard to find products that don't irritate or trouble my skin. Fortunately, this is one that doesn't.
The cleanser is available on The Body Shop website and instore and costs £7 for 200ml. This is a little more expensive than alternative cleansers I've tried and liked but I feel the price is worth it as this is by far the best I've tried. The cleanser comes in a clear plastic bottle with semi opaque flip top lid. On the bottle is the usual green The Body Shop logo along with the product name and a small description. The bottle states this is a 'skin-kind lotion proven to cleanse without irritating'. Thankfully this proof doesn't come at the expense of animals as The Body Shop are, quite rightly, against animal testing. The aloe vera contained in this cleanser is fairtrade and organic so this product is also very environmentally friendly and helps support people in developing countries which is a nice added bonus!
The cleanser itself is a white, thick cream with a slight scent of aloe vera. I find this scent to be very refreshing and natural, a lot nicer than nasty synthetic smells. Using the cleanser is easy. I like to apply to a cotton face pad although using your finger tips works just as well. I apply a small blob onto my face pad and apply to my face and neck in circular motions after rubbing my face with a cleansing wipe. I find my skin absorbs this nicely and isn't left lingering on my skin feeling heavy. One problem I have with cleansers is that skin often feels tight after using them. I'm pleased to say this hasn't been a problem with this Aloe calming cleanser. It's a very gentle formula which doesn't cause any irritation to my skin but still works effectively. This cleanser removes traces of make-up, dirt and residue I don't want on my face and neck and leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft, soothed, refreshed and clean. The cleanser works quickly and I don't find myself having to use a lot of the product to remove everything that needs to be removed. The natural ingredients in this toner mean my skin isn't be stripped of the things that should be there either. All in all, it's a really nice, gentle and effective cleanser. A definite must have for those who suffer with sensitive skin.
I bought this cleaner along with the toner to hopefully calm down my irritated skin.
The cleanser itself is white in colour and the consistency is quite thick and creamy. The store assistant told me to use this with cotton wool, using the cotton wool to apply and remove the cleanser. However, I find it easier to apply the cleanser with my fingertips and use the cotton wool to remove it.
The cleanser is easy and pleasant to use. It has a soft floral aroma to it that smells nice. It's quite a gentle scent and it's not too strong. The cleanser feels lovely and refreshing on the skin and the cleanser really does help to calm down my irritated skin, leaving it feeling cleaner and fresher.
The cleanser is easy to remove. You can also rinse it off but I prefer to use the cotton wool method of removing it. The cleanser doesn't leave any residue on your skin after use and it also helps to reduce redness on the surface of your skin. I have noticed that it also helps with the dryness of spots and/ or irritation. I suffer from spots (and blemishes) on a regular basis and this cleanser really does help to soothe the irritation on the surface of my facial skin. As the cleanser helps with dryness it leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturised.
A great cleanser for dry and/ or irritated skin.
I recently obtained the Aloe Skincare Kit from The Body, which contains four facial products intended for sensitive skin, namely Calming Facial Cleanser, Calming Toner, Soothing Day Cream and a Soothing Night Cream. I would describe my skin type as T-zone although harsh facial products such as astringent cleansers can cause me considerable irritation, but I don't generally suffer with sensitive skin. However, I particularly liked the idea of this product as I believed it to be gentle and soothing on my skin. I have tried and tested each of the products with this review discussing my experience with using the cleanser.
~~ APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT ~~
As my transparent plastic bottle was contained within a kit it contains 60 ml of cleanser as opposed to the full sized version that holds 200 ml. The appearance of both sizes are identical where there is a white coloured label displaying a little information in relation to the product together with a green leaf image, which I presume to belong to the aloe vera plant.
~~ USING THE FACIAL CLEANSER ~~
The lid easily flips open to reveal a good sized opening to dispense a small amount of the fairly thick pearly white cleanser with a consistency in between a lotion and a cream. Whilst there is no information contained on the product to suggest that it is fragrance free as with the remainder of the skin care range, I cannot detect any aroma. The cream is soft and cool when it is easily applied to my face and neck and does not cause any uncomfortable sensations such as dryness or tightness. I favour leaving the cleanser on for a few minutes before removing with some cotton wool balls although The Body Shop advise to remove with tissues or rinse with water. What I find a little odd is that The Body Shop does not advise using water when removing with tissues, which subsequently leaves a thin layer of tacky cleanser on my skin. Consequently, I rinse with warm water then cold to tighten the pores. A frustration I found with dispensing the cleanser after only a few uses is that it was attaching itself to the sides of the bottle, which resulted in me having to vigorously hit the base.
I had previously always been sceptical of cream cleansers, as I believed them to be ineffective and chose astringent products, but unfortunately, they caused considerable irritation to my skin. I discovered Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish some time ago, which is a creamy cleansing product that I find extremely favourable, but decided to try The Body Shop range, as it is cheaper. However, I am not convinced that this product is effective enough, as I do not feel it thoroughly cleanses. The reason I say this is because my skin doesn't feel so fresh or look as bright as it does when I've used Liz Earle, but I have to admit that it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. Of course, this is my personal opinion as opposed to me conducting a scientific experiment as to whether it actually removes dirt and impurities, but I cannot advise that I would purchase this product again. Consequently, Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser receives only 3 stars from me.
~~ INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION ~~
There is a lengthy list of ingredients contained within this cleanser such as aloe vera gel and unlike the other skin care products in the range, this contains alcohol. The cleanser should be used within 6 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty. The 60 ml bottle will last for approximately three weeks with twice daily usage
~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~
The Body Shop Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser is available in a 200 ml bottle for £7 or a 60 ml bottle that is contained within the Aloe Skincare Kit where you will also obtain a Calming Toner, Soothing Day Cream and a Soothing Night Cream.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I've always been a fan of the aloe Vera range from the Body Shop, especially when it comes to my face. I find the moisturisers suit my skin really well, so when I was last restocking I decided to try some of the face washes to complete my set.
Not being a fan of foaming face washes, I chose the facial cleanser which works in the same way, but they are slightly gentler on my skin as they don't seem to leave my skin feeling so tight after use.
The aloe Vera face cleanser actually describes itself as being just that, leaving your skin soothes and refreshed after removing impurities and dirt. Sounded good and at £6.50 for 200ml it's on par with others I have been buying lately so well worth a try.
Being a cleanser, the product is packaged slightly differently in a bottle with lid at the top, rather than lid at the base. I think they can get away with this because the bottle has slight movement in it to enable it to be squeezed when needed to remove the contents.
The aloe range is all a pale green to match the leaves of the aloe plant. There isn't anything fancy about the packaging at all, but it fits in well with the range. I was a bit disappointed that I couldn't see the level of the product left through the bottle, even when holding it up to the light, so I will have to rely on testing the amount left by the weight of the bottle.
I usually use a facial cleanser by making my face wet, applying an amount to my face and massaging, before removing with a damp flannel. This way works well for me when using a cream cleanser and means I don't have to contend with product in my eyes.
The cleanser is a fairly thick consistency and I worked out quickly that you don't actually need a lot to cover your face. It's a lot thicker than the Soap and Glory facial cleanser I was using before, meaning this will last a lot longer, making it better value for money.
It doesn't smell of anything particular, but this isn't a bad thing as natural products are better for your skin. It contains aloe Vera obviously which is known for its soothing and moisturising properties, as well as sorbitol which is designed to help the skin retain its moisture. The product as a whole is best suited to sensitive skin so it will suit my skin perfectly.
After a few uses of this, I wasn't finding that it was leaving my skin any softer or fresher than if I was just using water to wash with. This was a shame as my last Soap and Glory cleanser left a nice red glow after a few uses on my skin, doing exactly what it said on the bottle.
I have lots of this bottle left and I'll continue to use it, but I don't feel it does anything special or worth me buying it again even if it does go with my moisturisers which is a shame.
I also find that in a cold bathroom, you have to shake the bottle and squeeze it to get any contents out as I think the cleanser may settle slightly in the cold.
Price: £3 for 60ml
£6.35 for 200ml
From: The Body Shop
For: Everyday cleansing for all skin types, to dissolve impurities whilst soothing and refreshing.
The packaging is nice and has the usual high quality look and feel of Body Shop products, despite being quite plain and simple. It's a plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The lid opens easily and fastens tightly enough to be carried around in a bag.
It's a creamy lotion with a fairly thin, smooth consistency with a nice fresh aloe scent. It feels lovely and refreshing and cooling on the skin, and is very easy to massage in even only using a tiny amount of the lotion.
To use it you just massage it into the skin and then either wipe away with tissue or cotton wool, or wash off with water. I always rinse it off with water because my skin just doesn't feel properly clean if I just wipe it off.
My skin feels really clean and fresh after using this cleanser, and it feels soothed rather than dry and tight. My skin is often quite sensitive and reacts quite badly to a lot of cleansers, but this one really calms it down a great deal.
The cleanser is not especially great at cleansing impurities, and if your skin is quite oily or clogged then you find it's not strong enough, but as a basic gentle cleanser which won't irritate or aggravate sensitive skin it's great.
All in all this is a very good cleanser.
Thumbs up from me.
After using many products on my oily skin I have finally found one that doesnt make the problem worse but makes it better. Also with the product not being tested on animals and made from natural ingredients is an added bonus. Ive also found that its brilliant for removing make-up although you may have to use a lot if you wear waterproof mascara and it's not the cheapest of products although the price is fair for the results you get. I think they are roughly £7 each and the toner is similar priced which is also highly recommended. The liquid inside the bottle has quite a thick consistency and is slightly green in colour. It has a very smooth feel to it and absorbs into the skin easily, doesnt feel greasy and dries quite quickly. After using this product for a number of years twice a day i find my skin much softer and a lot less greasy. Another added bonus is that most countries have a Body Shop and therefore when i ran out whilst holidaying in Portugal it was very easy to pick up again (Also slightly cheaper abroad).
Anita Roddick established the Body Shop with set principles, the most renowned of which was not to test on animals. This was the first shop of its kind and although many others now exist the Body Shop is famous for it.
The bottle is long and thin - a change from most of the bottles which are quite short and squat. The bottle is plastic and slightly glazed. It costs £6.35 and contains 200ml of cleanser.
The liquid itself is a creamy green colour (aloe shade!!!(quite similar to avacado) It is very smooth/consistent and absorbs in to the skin very quickly. My skin felt very moisturising and soothed the whole time (I used it twice a day).
It did seem to help reduce the redness of spots and the uneven tones in my skin. They healed with in a few days and left no marks at all.
The problem is it does not seem to be as effective for me as a preventative. I seemed to get more spots than before using just this, like when applying it stuff got trapped in my skin. This was a bit of a disappointment!
**** Introduction ****
I have been using the body shops products for many years now, as I love the fact that they do not test on animals.
Over the years I have tried and tested many for the cleanser, toners and moisturisers, The vitamin E range has always been my favorite until recently when my skin has become increasingly dry and sensitive.
On my last visit to the body shop I bought this Aloe calming cleanser, as I did not want to irritate my skin further.
**** The Cleanser ****
This is packaged in the same way at the vitamin E, it comes in a 200ml bottle with a flip top cap, that prevents waste and allows to to use the cleanser without spilling it.
This Aloe calming Cleanser is used for very dry sensitive skin, it is applied to the skin using a cotton bud. Once it has been applied it instantly freshens up your skin and un-clogs any pores, that have been clogged up with day to day grime.
for the best results I recommend that you apply this to your face using circular motions, this way you will loosen up any make up build up.
After you have cleansed your skin, apply aloe toner to finish.
**** My Views ****
This 200ml bottle will cost 6.50from any body shop, but you can also buy it from amazon.co.uk.
This does not smell as nice as the vitamin E range, but as the smell only lingers for a short while I can cope with it.
This has worked wonders for my skin and I have not had any skin irritation what so ever, so I highly recommend this for anyone with sensitive skin.
THE BODY SHOP
The body shop has become a major cosmetic and beauty brand over the past few decades, It was founded by a lady called Anita Roddick, who has not only brought these wonderful products into our lives but she has also help change thousands of peoples lives around the world.
The body shop cosmetics have become very popular as they are not tested on animals, all of the ingredients are made from natural extracts and not only that, the body shop helps support major projects like under privileged countries, and has even help raise awareness for young HIV sufferers.
Sadly Dame Anita Roddick passed away at the age of 62, in September 2007.
ALOE FACIAL CLEANSER
Aloe calming facial cleanser has become one of my favourite products, as I have very sensitive skin I find if very difficult to find a product that will not effect my skin.
Granted I don't really like to pay out on expensive products, as I have never been one for looking after my skin but as I have started to age, I felt it was by far time to step up and take action. I have tried a few cleansers over the past few years but on application my skin would start to sting on burn, then I would have a flare up.
I was reluctant to try this at first as nothing was working for my skin and I didn't what to irritate my skin any further, I purchase a bottle to try as I was assure it would be fine for you skin type.
The cleanser is designed for sensitive and over sensitive skin, and I have to say it seems to be very kind to the skin and has never ever caused any irritation.
This costs 6.00 per 200ml bottle, from any body shop retail shop of at home party.
This aloe facial cleanser come is a mint green 200ml bottle, with a flip top cap. I feel this prevents waste as the bottle tends to suck excess cleanser back into the bottle, if you are anything like me this is a good thing as I am very heavy handed and I hate to waste products that have cost me money.
Before you use the cleanser you must remove any make up with make up remover, once this has been done take a cotton pad and squirt a 20p size amount on to the damp cotton pad. I am saying damp pad as it is easier to apply the product because these little pads have a tendency to split and leave stings of wool all over you face, but you can leave them dry if you wish, but I have found that you do use more product this way.
With the pad add a blob of cleanser to your forehead, nose, chin and each cheek. Now you need to rub this in, you can either do it with your hands or the cotton pads. Massage product into your face using circular motions, once you feel that your skin has absorbed most of the product, or you feel like it has removed the grime you can now take another two cotton pads and remove excess product from your face.
Once this is complete you can finish with a toner and a moisturiser, to get better results.
All of the ingredients within this cleanser come form natural extracts.
Aqua, Aloe, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic Capric, Triglyceride, Elaeis Guineesis. Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cerearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Glyceryl Stearate, Orbignya Oleifera, Acrylates C10 - 30, Alkyl Acrylate, Crosspolymer, XANTHAN Gum, Disodium Phosphate.
I really feel like I have found the perfect product, as my skin is no longer sore and dry. The sensitivity of my skin is no longer a factor that gets me down.
The product is fairly thick so it is very easy to apply and will not run all down your face, and it is very easily absorbed into my skin leaving it feeling very clean a fresh feeling.
The smell is also very soft and not over powering, it really smells fresh and clean that's the best way to describe it.
I find it very easy to apply and remove, and the best thing about it, is that it only takes a few minutes I seen to brush my teeth for a longer period.
So for 6.00 every 3 months I feel I have found the best product, some people may like 6.00 is very excessive but if this lasts three months then this is costing a little under 50p a week.
I would recommend you try the toner and moisturiser to work along side this to get better results, the toner also costs 6.00 and the moisturiser costs 8.00. Not a bad price for great looking skin.
If everyday cleansers leave your skin feeling tight and dry, this is the product you've been waiting for / It dissolves impurities while soothing and refreshing skin /