“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Skin Treatment / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: The Body Shop Aloe „
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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. It is made without adding preservatives and contains no fragrance, colour or alcohol. The product includes four products in miniature sizes, as follows:
Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser 60ml (Full size 200ml for £7)
Aloe Calming Toner 60ml (Full size 200ml for £7)
Aloe Soothing Day Cream 15ml (Full size 50ml for £9)
Aloe Soothing Night Cream 15ml (Full size 50ml for £10)
***Price and Availability***
This set retails for £10 and is only available from The Body Shop, in-store or online.
The four products are presented in a pale green zip-lock bag which is pretty and would make an ideal gift. Inside, the cleanser and toner come in clear plastic bottles with flip-top lids and the creams come in screw-top tubs, resembling their full-size counterparts. The labels are white and green to fit in with other products in the Aloe range, of which there are several, with pictures of the aloe plant.
All of these products, as the name suggests, contain aloe vera. 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.
Other ingredients are included in the products to assist with their stated purpose. The cleanser contains moisturising babassu oil, while both moisturisers include sesame oil to condition the skin. The Night Cream also contains shea butter, which is designed to intensively moisturise.
The Aloe range is dermatologically tested with no added preservatives, fragrance, colour or alcohol. The cleanser is designed to effectively remove makeup and impurities without leaving skin feeling tight and dry. The accompanying toner is meant to remove final traces of makeup and prepare skin for moisturisation. The creams are designed to hydrate and moisturise the skin in a gentle manner, though the night cream, as expected, is meant to moisturise more intensively.
***Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser***
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.
***Aloe Calming Toner***
I used this toner after cleansing in the evening. To use the product, I put some on a cotton wool pad and wiped it over my face.
I found this toner very pleasant to use. It had a slightly thicker consistency than most toners (probably because of the aloe vera gel) and felt gentle and soothing on the skin. It was pleasant to use and didn't irritate my skin at all. The toner effectively removed last traces of makeup and cleanser.
***Aloe Soothing Day Cream***
I applied this moisturiser in the morning after using a face wash. The cream has a thick consistency and is white in colour with no discernible scent. I found it easy to apply: I used a small amount, rubbed it in gently with my fingertips and waited for it to sink in, which didn't take long at all. My skin experienced no irritation and instead felt soft and soothed. The product provided a good base for makeup and kept my skin feeling soft and looking radiant all day. It was clearly nourishing my skin. My small tub lasted nearly a month, as so little was needed at any one time.
It's also worth noting that this day cream does not contain SPF. This is common in moisturisers but a bit of a shame especially as it is designed for sensitive skin, which needs extra protection from the sun.
***Aloe Soothing Night Cream***
I applied this moisturiser in the evening after using the cleanser and toner from the same range. The cream has a very thick, butter-like consistency and is white in colour with no discernible scent. I found it easy to apply: I used a small amount, rubbed it in gently with my fingertips and waited for it to sink in, which took a while but I didn't mind as it was night-time. My skin experienced no irritation and instead felt soft and soothed. The cream was extremely moisturising and kept my skin hydrated right up until the next morning.
The only negative thing was that I started to get the odd spot while using this product. I am not sure if it was the day cream or the night cream (which was a lot thicker) that caused the problem. I originally thought it was the face mask I was using at the same time, but after spending a week at home during which time I used the face mask, but not either of the moisturisers, and didn't get any spots, I came to the conclusion that it must be one of these two products. It might be too much for my combination skin, but would probably suit drier skin. This is strange in a way as I didn't get any spots when using the Vitamin E range, which actually moisturised my skin even more.
The kit lasted me around a month, which is pretty impressive considering how small the bottles and tubs were. This is a lovely little kit containing effective products which would be ideal for someone with sensitive skin. However, I think it would be better for those with drier skin, as it did seem to give me spots. Also, the kit is quite pricey. It would make a lovely gift though and The Body Shop often have special offers on.