Product Type: Forever Living health products
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Forever Living Aloe Vera Gel
Member Name: supersonic75
Forever Living Aloe Vera Gel
Date: 13/06/11, updated on 13/06/11 (4021 review reads)
Advantages: Cleared my skin and left me feeling 'healthier'
Disadvantages: The price (and the taste)!
She told me to call in her house next time I was in the area and she would find some freebies for me to try and leaflets with relevant information about the products.
Fine by me I thought; I love a freebie!
Now I'm not one for being talked into buying things unnecessarily by pushy sales reps as a rule, but having perused the booklet she gave me I spotted the Aloe Vera Gel drink. She did say she would give me two free if I bought one at cost price so I must admit I was lured in to trying it..
Who are 'Forever'?~
The company is based in Warwick and was founded back in 1978 and operates in over 100 countries worldwide. I was quite surprised to learn this as to be totally honest I'd never heard of them nor their products before.
Forever is apparently the largest grower, manufacturer and distributer of aloe vera (and bee) products and claim the secret to their success is by using 100% pure aloe vera and by not watering it down in anyway.
This review is about the pure 'Aloe Vera Gel' drink but there is also available in the same range:
*Forever Freedom (£27.61)
*Aloe Berry Nectar (£20.22)
*Forever Aloe Bits 'n' Peaches (£22.03)
These all aim to improve the digestive system but have different nutrients added for that extra 'well being' feeling. As you can see by the prices they don't come cheap!
My Aloe Vera Gel~
As mentioned I opted for the regular old aloe vera gel drink which comes housed in a honey coloured plastic container not unlike a small milk carton. There is an easy to grasp cut out section which acts as a handle and to access the drink there is an easy to open/close screw top lid (again similar to a milk carton).
This comes in one size to buy which is a 1 litre and contains approximately one months supply of the good stuff. There is minimal fuss about the whole appearance of the packaging to reflect the 'pureness' of the product though on the back there is a listing of ingredients used.
Now I don't normally quote ingredients in reviews but I will just say it contains Sorbitol, Ascorbic acid, Citric acid, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate, Xanthan gum, Tocopherol along with the Aloe Vera itself.
According to the blurb the added ingredients are the minimum needed to preserve the natural aloe vera and are necessary to prolonging it's existence.
This is just as expensive as the other aloe drinks and a 1 litre container will set you back the princely sum of £20.22. It can be ordered via a Forever rep or for more information try logging on to their website @www.foreverliving.com/uk-direct.
My experience of taking aloe vera gel~
The gel as mentioned comes in the form of a drink and to access it you simply remove the lid - there is no inner foil to keep it fresh but by giving the lid an extra tighten this seems to do the job.
After shaking vigorously for a few seconds I proceeded to pour out the required amount which is 60 ml's - I received a small measuring cup with my containers from the 'mutual friend rep' though whether one comes as standard I cannot comment on so it's advisable you have something adequate for measuring it out.
The actual gel is of a very thick consistency and doesn't so much as pour out but blobs out in a very messy fashion. It is a clear liquid yet because of the actual pieces of aloe vera used in it it also gives the gel a slight cloudy appearance at the same time. The gel has an odd aroma to it and I couldn't quite pinpoint it until recently when I realised it actually has a strong an anesthetic scent (they do actually say aloe vera is natures own anesthetic - apparently). When I say this what would describe it more would be to liken it to a TCP with a lemon tinge to it - not the most appealing fragrance I have to admit but strangely enough it's smell convinced me it would do me good.
The taste is exactly like the smell and as soon as you put the drink near to your lips there is an overpowering anesthetic scent that made me wonder why the heck I was about to drink it. On finally attempting to sip at it I found the texture to be slippy and greasy whilst the taste can only be described as really quite putrid.
The sipping it was a big mistake and vowed if I was going to take this on a regular basis that I would have to be brave and down it one!
The following days I followed a strict regime of taking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (the rep advised this) quickly followed by a cup of tea to wash away any remnants and take the lingering after taste away.
I have to say that the longer period of time you take this for the more your taste buds adapt to the taste. I wouldn't say it's putrid now but I have gotten used to the flavour and no longer wince when I drink it.
The rep offered me two full litre bottles if I bought one of off her at cost price which worked out at £12 so I did go ahead with this and buy one as I thought 3 months supply equating at £4 each seemed reasonable to test it out.
I have stuck to a rigid regime of taking this everyday now for 2 and 1/2 months so what do I think?
The rep promised this would be good for my whole well being and would help guard against all sorts of problems like helping to ward off colds/ sore throats, clearing up any spots/blemishes all whilst keeping my digestive system in check at the same time.
I was tempted to try it for keeping the sore throats at bay alone as I do suffer a lot with bad throats so if this helped where other things had failed then woo hoo!!
After taking it for one month I found my skin looked healthier and had a glow to it - something that I had only experienced whilst being pregnant with my first son. I get a lot of lumps and bumps on my chin which despite medication on and off over the years had never fully gone but they seemed to diminish after this time and have now since disappeared completely.
I started to get the first inklings of a sore throat last week which normally would have turned into the mother of all throats as they nearly always do. I found that despite the off putting taste of the gel when I swallowed it I could really taste the anesthetic coating my throat and luckily for me it seemed to kill off any germs as my throat didn't worsen but improved.
I can't really comment on the effects it has had on my digestive system as I have luckily never had any problems there in the past but I'm sure it's been doing it good judging by the effects on the outside.
Any side effects?~
I was warned that because it contains sorbitol it may have a laxative effect but as the sorbitol used is corn based it shouldn't be too bad. Oh great! Luckily sorbitol doesn't effect me that way but too much can cause nausea and for the first two weeks after taking the gel I did feel slightly sick but it soon disappeared.
I have a form of diabetes and it hasn't interfered in anyway with my blood sugar levels so it is safe for me to take (mine is a rare form though and isn't type 1 or 2 so if you have either and are planning on taking this then I would recommend you check first with a doctor/nurse etc) though I am not endorsing it as a medication.
Would I recommend it?~
Well, Yes and No.
Yes because it has so much positive aspects to it and I have felt genuinely better in myself which I am relieved about as I did wonder if it was just a placebo but it really doesn't seem to be.
My skin has looked better than it has in a few years and has felt softer too and I have only had the briefest encounter with a sore throat once in all the time I have been taking it which soon scarpered when threatened with the power of aloe vera gel.
*It's worth mentioning as well that the shelf life on these containers is pretty impressive as all 3 of mine had a 2 year date from when I was given them (which were brand new) though once opened it does have to be stored in a fridge though there is no mention of how long it keeps once opened - I think it's presumed that it will be taken everyday for the full month.
No because as much as I will whole heartedly recommend this product for health purposes I really cannot afford to spend that amount every few weeks on a health aide no matter how good I have felt. If our circumstances changed and we had a lot more free cash every month then I wouldn't hesitate to buy this regularly but I simply cannot justify spending that amount every month. I do wish they would supply it in different sized containers as I would be far more likely to buy it then on a much more regular basis.
For that reason alone I will have to deduct a star.
Summary: A good health product but the price is a big put off