Hey everyone! I feel like such a bad blogger lately because I know I haven't posted much. I've been having a rough last week and a half or so with personal stuff but I do wanna get back in the swing of things because this is basically my outlet. Anyways, a little while ago I had a request to do a review of the Aloe skincare line from The Body Shop. I've tried everything in the line except for three products, which I will mention but not give a review on. So lets get into it!
The picture above is of the products I have on hand but there are a few more I will mention that I've used before, I just don't have them in my stash.
I'll start off by talking about the cleansers. The one pictured is the Aloe Gentle Facial Wash. This cleanser is my personal favorite. It's a liquid in the container, but once you pump it out, it's all foamy which I really love with my oily skin. Like the name says, it's super gentle and has no fragrance, just like all the other aloe products, and that is really important if you have sensitive skin, which I also have. One pump of cleanser is plenty but if you like foam, then you'd probably prefer two pumps. The one gripe I have is that it doesn't do that good of a job removing makeup. Now if you use a Clarisonic in conjunction with your cleanser, you won't have this problem. There are just times when I feel lazy and don't want to bother using it, and this cleanser always left some makeup behind. I also don't go overboard with face makeup either, so if you use a full coverage foundation, I'd recommend the Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser instead because it's thicker and creamier. It's more of a cleansing lotion, but it'll be way better at removing makeup than the Facial Wash. Even if you have oily skin, you can get both cleansers, but use the Facial Cleanser at night and the Facial Wash in the morning. Dry skin, on the other hand, should only stick with the Facial Cleanser. The Facial Wash will be far too drying. I don't even use the Facial Wash in the winter because it does tend to make my skin feel tight after I use it, but in the summer I'm fine. Now I haven't used the Facial Cleanser in a while, only because I felt it was too creamy for my skin, but I used it quite a few years ago and my skin's different now, so I may try it again and see if I like it.
I don't think I should talk to much about the Aloe Calming Toner, only because I've mentioned it in most of my other blog posts, but you all know this is basically my favorite toner of all time. I'm currently using it morning and night because of the weather, but in the warmer months, I only use it at night. I've used this toner for years and I have literally like 8 back-up bottles, that's how much I love it. It's only got 6 ingredients in it, so there's really no chance you'll get any kind of irritation using this. It's amazing after you use your cleanser because it feels so refreshing on your skin, and in the summer, I recommend putting it in the refrigerator, especially if you got sunburned on your face. Boy, does that feel good!
Onto the Aloe Protective Serum. This was in my December empties post, and I really, really like this. This is, again, a product I've used for years now. I've heard some reviews that people don't like the smell of it, but in all honesty, it's fragrance free! Of course it's gonna smell like nothing! I personally don't care about that, because this has been really nice lately when I mix it with my moisturizer in the morning. I do use an oil control moisturizer, but when the weather got colder, I had to mix this in to help with putting back a little extra hydration into my skin. I wouldn't say this product is absolutely necessary in your routine, but like I said, I've been using it for years and I'm so used to having it in my routine now.
Next up is the Aloe Eye Defense eye cream. This eye cream, to me, is just a simple, basic eye cream that's a gel/cream formula. I especially like gel/cream formulas because my eyes can be a tad bit oily sometimes, and this helps to minimize that, whereas using a cream formula would just be too much. I always use this product in the morning because of that. At night, I do use a more heavy eye cream because I want that hydration before I go to sleep.
Now this next product I only use in the winter, occasionally, and it's the Aloe Soothing Day Cream. They do also have a Night Cream, but I tried both, and honestly, I couldn't really tell the difference between the two. The Night Cream does have shea butter in it which is extra hydrating, but I like the price of the Day Cream better. The Day Cream is almost $4 cheaper and I use the Day Cream at night for extra hydration when I need it.
They also have the Aloe Gentle Exfoliator, which I didn't particularly like. It comes in a super creamy base, which is better for dry skin, but I didn't notice it do much exfoliation, probably because of the super fine beads, and with my oily skin, it did make it pretty greasy. I'd say this is an ok exfoliator if you're just starting up a skincare routine and if you have dry, sensitive skin. There's nothing special about it.
The next product I'm going to mention is the Aloe Lip Treatment. I'm honestly not sure if they still sell it, because it's always out of stock on the website and my store never has it in stock when I go. Anyways, I haven't used this in a few years, but I remember not really liking it. It did moisturize, but mine had the strongest smell of glycerin, which to me smells like grease (if that makes sense) and I didn't like that.
Products I haven't tried
- Aloe Body Butter
- Aloe Protective Restoring Mask
- Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF 15
Prices of all products
- Aloe Gentle Facial Wash- $16
- Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser- $14.50
- Aloe Calming Toner- $12.50 (I remember buying this when it was $10!)
- Aloe Protective Serum- $21 (I also remember buying this when it was $18 lol)
- Aloe Eye Defense- $18
- Aloe Soothing Day Cream- $16.50
- Aloe Soothing Night Cream- $20
- Aloe Gentle Exfoliator- $15
- Aloe Lip Treatment- $9.50
- Aloe Body Butter- $19
- Aloe Protective Restoring Mask- $22
- Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF 15- $18.50
You can find these products in The Body Shop stores, their website and Amazon.
Well that's everything! Sorry this post is so long. If you made it to the end, You. Are. Awesome. Really, I know I talk alot, but I had alot to say. This line is actually very good. Looking at some of the prices, I don't think some products are worth is, like the SPF lotion because it's such a small bottle, but I've never tried it so I can't say if it's good or not. Anyways, I hope you all liked this post, and please leave a comment below if you have any requests!