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      15.12.2014 16:03

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      A little goes a long way

      I have very sensitive skin, that is dried out by most products but this one treats my skin very well and leaves it feeling soft. It is expensive to start with - but body shop do have regular offers - so I make the most of them. Also, due to the pump action that makes the wash turn into a froth - it lasts a really long time, with very little waste. Gentle products, for gentle skin - my 9 year old has recently started using it as part of her daily regime too and it is working well for her very delicate face. I used an alternative, much cheaper product for a while, but came back to this one as I can't find anything else to compare.

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      20.08.2011 00:18
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      Is exactly what it says on the bottle

      I used to use The Body Shop tea tree range as a teenager, but as I got older didn't need to and haven't purchased anything for years. However following an unintentional facial chemical peel caused by a dreadful allergic reaction to some facial cream prescribed by the doctor, I couldn't wash my face with anything without feeling as if my skin was on fire. I needed something gentle, yet effective and just decided to call into The Body Shop knowing that they still used natural ingredients. I spotted the aloe range and knowing it to be a soothing remedy decided to give it a go. The Aloe Gentle Face Wash is priced at £7.00 and has been a absolute gem of a find (along with the day and night moisturiser) and is exactly what it says it is. It is a liquid that foams as you pump the bottle and needs little or no water except to rinse. It left my skin feeling clean and not tight. It does take a little getting used to as it doesn't foam up much but I would totally recommend this to anyone who has sensitive skin. My skin hasn't been as good in a long time, it maybe because I've lost a few layers of skin, but I am certain that this facial wash has assisted and will be a loyal user from here on in.

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      22.06.2011 22:33
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      Excellent product

      Following on from a horrendous reaction I received from Clean & Clear's Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser, where my face was literally burnt by the product, I was looking for a product that would be suitable for what had become very sensitive skin. The first shop that came to mind that might sell such a product was The Body Shop, as I associate it with natural products, and knowing that it is not tested on animals, I assumed its products' ingredients must be mild.

      In order to ensure that The Body Shop did indeed sell such a product, I first logged on to The Body Shop's website, where I was able to take a skin care test, which would recommend a product suitable for my skin. The test was very simple to complete, and asked a series of questions relating to my skin type. One of the results suggested for my sensitive skin was this facial wash. And so, it was then that I walked into town and bought this product in store.

      The product comes in a dispenser bottle, much like a liquid soap dispenser. I was a little apprehensive about trying the product, having encountered a terrible reaction with the product prior to this. My skin was still very tender when I first applied it, and I could only hope that this product would be gentler. I needn't have worried. The product, which is liquid in the bottle, becomes a foam before it even leaves the bottle. It really does foam up well, and one pump of the bottle's dispenser is enough to give a decent amount to cover your face. I apply it with both hands, covering the face and rub it gently on my skin. There is a faint fragrance of what I assume must be Aloe Vera (I personally wouldn't know what Aloe Vera smells like). This product is so mild, and soft on my skin that it is a pleasure to use. My skin felt refreshed having used it, and I was content that I had bought an excellent product.

      I had intended to use this product purely as a facial wash to clean my face in the morning. However, claiming to be able to remove make-up, I also gave it a go at taking my make-up off. The results did not disappoint. If a bit of product is placed on a cotton wool pad, all of my make-up is removed with two sides of one cotton pad. In my experience, this is far better than any other lotion cleanser. Most need at least four cotton pads until my skin is absolutely make up free. I was therefore overjoyed to find a product that could save me some cotton pads by being able to do the job quicker than others.

      The product costs £7.00 for 125ml. Although I know there are cheaper products on the market, I really think that this facial wash is worth every penny. It is mild enough not to cause a reaction, and works effectively to remove all make-up. Also worth considering is that The Body Shop always seems to have offers going in store and online, and at the time of buying there was a 3 for 2 offer across selected products.

      Overall, this is an excellent product, which is perfect for sensitive skin. I absolutely recommend it if, like me, you require a mild cleanser that does a wonderful job of removing make up.

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        04.02.2010 20:13
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        a great product but not something i can afford on a weekly basis

        I love body shop products and their Aloe Vera range is something that seems to live in my cupboards over the summer months along with other products for the sun burn that happens so much, only during these months do i tend to buy it due to the cost.

        I was first introduced to Aloe Vera and its magical formula of how it works on skin after suffering really badly on the face with sunburn, i was peeling and i looked i hideous mess, so much so i could of auditioned for the role of Freddie Krueger.

        Now my mum keeps a fair few Aloe Vera plants in the house, and personally if you looked at them they are rather ugly but the contents of their leaves are magical for all sorts of things.
        When you crack open one of the leaves it has a sticky substance that contains over 75 different key nutritional compounds that can be used to treat many ailments with the skin, and i use it for treating sunburn there are lots of other uses from drying out cold sores, healing spots or healing wounds, but its sunburn in my family that needs it the most.

        So when i purchased this product i was kind of looking for all those qualities you expect from Aloe and i was impressed it is fantastic , it can be used as a daily facial wash if required but we seem to get more benefit from it during the summer, when the children come in from playing out i have for the past 3 years used Aloe on their skins, they will take a shower using Aloe shower gel and then was their faces with the Aloe facial wash and after that they will come down stairs where they will get caked in Aloe lotion.

        Aloe has an ingredient in it that is great for healing sunburn and directly works with the immune system in helping the body to defend itself and it is naturally anti-inflammatory so as you can tell it is a must have in the house.

        The thing i do like about this facial wash is the way it really moisturises my skin not just the top layer but deep within the facial tissue, and is what i use when i have had make up on as it really does remove every trace of it , even waterproof mascara, it is fantastic as it has been approved by dermatologists for sensitive skin so you know you are getting a top product.

        The ingredients and how they work with the skin for this are "Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) (Skin Soothing Agent), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (Surfactant), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Sorbitol (Humectant), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (Surfactant), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Glycerin (Humectant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), Glyceryl Oleate (Emulsifier), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (Surfactant), Dimethicone Copolyol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Antioxidant), Lecithin (Stabiliser/Emulsifier), Tocopherol (Antioxidant)." This is as stated under the ingredients from Body Shop itself and are to help give those an indepth look at what and they can do for your skin and how the various ingredients make up the facial wash.

        As with most products from body shop they do have others within the range from shower gel ,cooling lotions, lip balm and face cream and all do come in handy during the hot months, visit if you can the body shop website and see all the Aloe range, you will be surprised at what they have been able to come up with from such a cactus like plant.

        Price for the facial wash at my local store is £5.99 for 125 ml as priced and on the body shop website it is priced at £6.50, for 125 ml but I'm sure like with most products you can find it cheaper.

        the only draw back to this product is the fact that it is rather costly for a facial wash and you do not get a large amount especially if more than one person is using it , but i have found that with a few of body shop products they do not tend to cater for families just individuals!

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        09.01.2010 20:29
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        High quality product for sensitive or dry skin - but be prepared to pay for it!

        I've always been a fan of The Body Shop, I love the smell when you go in and have found their products to be of a fairly consistently high quality. Since my skin seemed to be getting irritated by a lot of face washes I decided to try this Aloe one as it is supposed to be gentle and nourishing for your skin, I wasn't disappointed.

        The product gave good first impressions with it's distinctive green packaging, it looked fresh and natural and clearly part of the Aloe range in the store. The product is cited as being gentle on the skin and free from pesticides and irritating chemicals so it is clearly marketed towards those with sensitive skin.

        I found the product easy to dispense, which is unusual in these styles of bottles, the pump action dispenses the amount you wish to use as a liquid which then becomes a foam. You apply the product to your face, lather and rinse as with any other facial wash.

        I clearly noticed that this product left my skin feeling clean and soothed rather than tight and slightly irritated which other facial washes have done. It left my skin looking very clear and it is excellent for dry skin, I found I didn't have to use a moisturiser after using it as it did the job itself - a bit of a two-in-one product!

        My only concern with this product is the price, at around £7 a bottle it is quite a bit more pricey than most other brands and certainly than those which you can get in a supermarket. For those of you with sensitive skin this could be well worth the money though - however I found that the 'Simple' range did the same job for my sensitive skin, at roughly half the price!

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          03.10.2009 23:57
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          Another excellent product from the body shop!

          As mentioned in previous reviews I am a great fan of The Body Shop in general and this is definitely another great product from then.

          ~~First Impressions~~
          The bottle is coloured to co-ordinate the colour of the main ingredient (Aloe Vera). The bottle itself is pale green with a simple white label containing some useful and basic information along with the name of the product.
          Whilst the product would not be described as particularly eye catching, when browsing around the shops it is clear to see that it is part of the Aloe Vera range.

          ~~The Product~~
          The facial wash is by far one of the best products I have come across for those (like myself) with dry and sensitive skin. Aloe Vera is a well known product for its moisturising and soothing properties towards sensitive skin. It contains no pesticides, meaning your skin does not have to contend with any nasty chemicals!
          The bottle has a pump action, and when used the liquid turns quickly into a foam. You simply apply the foam to damp skin and rinse as you would with any normal facial wash.
          Unlike many other facial wash products I have used, my face instantly felt soothed (rather than dry and irritated). Whilst it does claim that you wont have to use any moisturiser, I always do afterwards as I have extra dry skin!
          I have also found with many other products (those containing chemicals and pesticides) that my face tends to go very blotchy and unattractive after using facial wash, however I am pleased to say that this did not happen at all with this product!

          ~~Price~~
          Due to my sensitive skin I am often reluctant to try new products that I am going to have to spend a lot of money on, however at my local store they always have sample bottles available. Now obviously I don't want to wash my face in the store, however I did sample a small bit on my neck before choosing to purchase.
          I bought the 125ml bottle, at the time I think I paid about £6.50 for it, however having checked the website I see it is now reduced down to £5.08.
          Now this might seem quite pricey for a facial wash (when you can get cheaper in supermarkets etc), however for those who suffer from sensitive skin I really do think its worth the extra money.

          Definitely something I would recommend for those with sensitive or dry skin, I will definitely be buying another bottle when I run out - however do try to look out for any special offers due to the price!

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            05.04.2009 00:41

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            expensive, but worth results it gives.

            After using the L'Oreal for men range and get oily/ dry patchy skin I felt like it was time for a changge. I bought this after i told an advisor in the store about the situation with my skin and she gave me this. Ive been using this face wash for a while now and my skins looks great, I'm a teenager so i sometimes get the odd spot or two, but it really keeps the oils in my skin balanced.

            The face wash comes out as a foam, comes off easily with some warm water, and is very gentle on skin. It isnt remotely greasy or uncomfortable, and doesn't leave skin with that tight feeling after washing. After using this and seeing the results, I would definitely reccomend it to anybody with sensitive or patchy skin.
            Another good this about this face wash is that it is part of the made with pass!on range from Body Shop, which means it is kind to our planet as well as to skin ( read more about it on their website).

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            02.02.2009 19:30
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            Great product!

            The only way to cleanse for me is to use soap and water. Now I am getting older my skin is getting drier so I can't use soap anymore. I have tried many facial washes and they all come in gel form.

            This product comes as a foam, you shake it and push down on the pump and it comes out. It is an easy to apply product you dampen your face before use and apply. It washes off easily too.

            My skin is quite sensitive especially to new products but this product worked a real treat. My skin felt quite comfortable and my skin didn't feel dry at all after use. I could apply my moisturiser and toner easily.

            I like Body Shop products they have great principles. All bottles & pots are made from recycled material. The aloe in the product is a Community Trade product which helps provide funding to farmers & families in Africa so they can afford education for their children

            Overall, a great product from a company with a great reputation.

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            07.01.2009 14:47
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            I decided over Christmas it was time I tried a new face wash. I've been using Nivea young face wash for a few years and wanted a change. I haven't bought anything from The Body Shop for years and something drew me towards there for a change from Boots. I went in and instantly got targeted by a very enthusiastic American shop assistant to whom I explained what I was looking for. I told her my skin could be quite sensitive and she directed me to the Aloe section pointing out this face wash which claims to be soothing and gentle while cleansing the skin. So I bought it!

            It was £6.50 for 250ml, it seemed a little expensive but I expected this from The Body Shop. I was a little annoyed by the fact that none of the bottles looked full, all having the appearance as though someone has already used a quarter of it!

            ***Packaging***
            It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a plastic lid. Most of the bottle is covered by a large label with a fair bit of writing on the front, first in English then below in French. The label is all in green and white. The background of the label is white and has an image of some green leaves. Overall the packaging looks nice and fresh and suits the product.

            ***My Experience***

            In the bottle the face wash is a green watery liquid yet the pump applicator brings it out as a white light foam. The bottle is easy to use and the foam comes out easily. I have been using about 2 squirts of the foam each time. To begin with I didn't think the face wash would last long but once I realised it is making it into foam each time I realised it would last a lot longer as it doesn't use a lot each time.

            It has a lovely smell for a face wash, it is a barely there smell that just smells really fresh. I wouldn't describe it as smelling of any kind of chemicals, just very natural. The foam has no similarities to the texture of shaving foam or anything like that, it is instead very light and when combined with water it kind of melts away.

            On the back of the bottle it says to:

            "Massage over the face and neck, using fingertips. Rinse away using clean water."

            I usually wet my face first which I'm not sure is the right thing to do but it works for me, and apply the foam to each part of my face then gently massage it in. It is different to other face washes I have used as once you have finished massaging it in it has practically disappeared to the point where you don't even feel like there is anything to rinse off! It is a weird feeling as other face washes keep foaming up for ages and you can keep massaging it in for a while, whereas this one disappears that quickly you don't really have a lot of time to have a thorough wash.

            I thought this was going to put me off it to begin with but actually once I had rinsed it off my skin felt really clean, possibly cleaner than when I used the gel one I used to use. All my make-up comes off every time. I was really pleasantly surprised by this as I expected it to leave traces of make-up behind. Overall it makes washing your face a lot quicker yet still does it effectively, which is good if you have sensitive skin as it means less scrubbing away at your skin.

            I generally wear mascara and liquid eyeliner most days, and I prefer to wash this off with my face wash too as I don't like rubbing at my eyes with eye-make up removed pads. I definitely didn't expect this to remove my eye make up successfully but it did do quite a good job, although I had to rub at my eyes a bit to get it all off.

            The face wash (and the Body Shop assistant!) promised that after using the face wash my skin wouldn't feel at all dry or tight. I wasn't sure whether to believe this as every face wash I have used has left my skin tight, which is why I always apply moisturiser straight after. But actually it proved me wrong and my skin didn't feel particularly dry after using it! I still use cream after it anyway but it was still nice to know the face wash I'm using doesn't dry out my skin, which proved it is less harsh than other ones I have used.

            One thing which surprised me about it (which is my own fault) is how much it stings your eyes!! I made the mistake of opening my eyes a bit the first time I used it to turn the tap on and it really stung my eyes! It surprised me because it seemed really light and chemical-free so I didn't expect it to hurt so much. But I guess it was my own stupidity!!


            ***Ingredients***

            Here's a bit of info I got from The Body Shop site about the main ingredients:

            Aloe Vera Gel: Renowned for its incredible soothing, hydrating and moisturising properties - perfect for sensitive skin. It is grown without the use of pesticides and is of the highest quality; natural, pure and preservative free. Is hand harvested, hand washed and hand filleted (all within 12 hours of harvesting) to ensure that its natural qualities are maintained all the way through production.

            Sorbitol: Helps the skin to retain its moisture, helping to keep it feeling soft and supple. Is a naturally occurring ingredient found in many fruits, such as berries.

            Glycerine: Is an effective moisturiser that helps improve softness and hydration. Also a water-soluble moisturiser that enriches lathering cleansers


            ***Overall Opinion***

            I would advise this for people with sensitive skin who want a light face wash which thoroughly cleanses the face without requiring strong chemicals or loads of scrubbing at the skin. I don't think this face wash would be suited to everyone, I think the fact that it doesn't really foam up once applied would put a lot of people off, but I think it's definitely worth a try. It is fairly expensive but for me it was worth the money.

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