Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel is being raved everywhere, ever since. I’ve always been curious about the aloe vera plant and the skin care magic it possess but since I don’t have an actual plant, I decided to try the next best thing. I got my first tub of this product from my first-ever Althea Box; I thought, if I’m gonna explore the world of K-Beauty, I have to start with a basic-yet-cult-favorite skin care product which this is.
Aloe Vera is widely known as sunburn and wound remedy, as well as, some kind of a tonic that contributes to hair growth. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is believed to be a natural antioxidant and said to have anti-bacterial properties; hence, it is used as a skin treatment to a variety of skin conditions. The gel of the aloe vera leaves has high water content, and many claims that it is naturally soothing, moisturizing, and healing. And while there’s not enough scientific evidence of its benefits, it is still widely used in many countries. Some people claims that the real aloe vera gel (from the actual plant) is too irritating, personally, I can’t really tell; I guess it depends on one’s skin type, eh?
Prior to trying this out, I’ve used other aloe vera gel products before but they’re not good enough (too sticky) for me. When I got this, I was a bit skeptical but have high hopes nonetheless. I’m just glad it didn’t disappoint and while it didn’t wowed me at first, I liked that it’s really refreshing. Eventually, I treasured this product more than my other skin care products (full story later). Let’s talk about the basics first.
Ingredients & Packaging
The Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel is made up of 92% organic aloe vera gel from aloe vera plants produced by the Certified Organic Farmers in California (CCOF). If you’re wondering what the 8% is made up of, it’s a combination of ingredients that makes the product stable, some plant extracts, castor oil, etc. It also has 9 non added formulas which just means that it doesn’t have those 9 toxic & harmful ingredients. It has a mild formula free from paraben, mineral oil, and artificial colors.
Packaging, is pretty simple and straightforward. I was actually surprised when I first saw that it’s a huge tub (300mL/10.56 fl.oz.); my first thought: STEAL! The tub is made from hard plastic that is durable enough and can be travel-friendly as long as it is properly and tightly closed. Packaging design is simple and clean; batch code, expiration date, and other important details are printed at the bottom label, I like that they have English translations of the info (some Korean products don’t and I can’t read Hangul).
I understand that most people avoid jar/tub type packaging when it comes to skin care products because it can be prone to contamination and shorter shelf-life. However, I believe that it, being an aloe vera gel, has enough bacteria-fighting ingredients that makes it stable for a long time. In any case, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so I always use a spatula (wish it came with one) whenever I use this product and I always put its lid back on immediately after use.
How to Use & Is it Effective?
It has a gel consistency of course, very lightweight, and it’s as clear as clean water. I love its clean and fresh scent, yep, no herbal medicine scent, yay! A little goes a long way, in the series of photos above, that small dollop is enough to cover my full arm. It has a cooling effect when applied on the skin and melts from gel into water in an instant. Right after application, it gave the skin a dewy look; it is non-greasy, non-sticky, and not oily at all! It gets absorbed by the skin easily, just after a minute, it has set and dried completely, leaving my skin moisturized and healthy-looking.
Actually, I use this mostly on my face, but yes, I do use it, sometimes, on the other parts of my body as well. Most of my skin is dry so I like to mildly moisturize my arms and legs with this product; it helps that it is, again, non-greasy, non-oily, and non-sticky. My facial skin is a combination-to-oily type and it works just as well; using this as a moisturizer, my face doesn’t get too oily, too quickly. However, if you have dry skin, you might find this lacking in the hydration department. I also like using this as a sleeping mask (a trick that I first learned from GDiipa’s YouTube video); after cleansing, I would spread a generous amount of aloe vera gel on my face and let it sit overnight; the next morning, I would just wash my face with water (no cleanser necassary) and I have a super soft, moisturized, and smoother skin. I did use it as a hair mask as well, on some occasions, because I like how it makes my hair soft, frizz-free, and smell nice, without being too heavy or greasy. But since it does contain alcohol (which can be drying), I try not to do it that often. There are a lot more ways to use this product, which I have yet to try myself, but here’s a guide for you.
(Not so) Final Thoughts, Precautions & Will I Repurchase?
Overall, this is a great product, it is effective, convenient to use, and very affordable. I like using this especially during hot days or whenever I’m in a hurry because it is lightweight and it sets fast. I have used this for almost a year, I emptied the tub, and it didn’t went bad. I didn’t experience any breakout due to this product while and after using it. While I was not able to use this product religiously, since I started using it, I know it is effective enough and might work better, and might’ve made my skin clearer, if I had chosen to use it every single day. The thing is, I am constantly trying out new and different skin care products that I have to not use this for some time. And that’s also when and how I discovered that it IS actually effective and gentle enough for troubled skin.
One time, after trying out new products on my face, it broke out, SO BAD. It didn’t help that I developed the nasty habit of picking on my skin. Yes, I sometimes get breakouts from trying different products but this latest breakout was the worst (for me at least)! And I’ve tried all acne remedy that worked on me in the past but those pesky zits just wouldn’t go away; in fact, they just made everything WORSE AF. Until I decided to stick to gentle and organic skin care products, including this Aloe Vera Soothing Gel which may not be 100% natural & organic but it did help in calming my troubled skin. Currently, my skin has yet to get completely clear, I still get hormonal breakouts from time-to-time, I still have quite a lot of acne scars, but it IS better now.
A year ago, I made a first impression video about this product on my YouTube channel, and up until now, I still get comments and questions about this product. A lot of people has been asking me if it is safe to use (probably since it’s not an actual plant), well, there’s always a possibility that some people may get a negative reaction when using this product so I suggest to carefully read the label and check if you are allergic or sensitive to any ingredient of this product. If you’re not aware of your allergies, better do a patch test first before using this product.
As said earlier, I’ve already emptied my tub of the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, and since I still have a long way to go to get a clear skin, I will definitely repurchase this product.
Pricing & Availability
I got mine for a discounted price at Althea Korea website but this product is widely and locally available.
Althea Price: Php 245.00
Discounted Price: Php 180.00
Althea Website: ph.althea.kr*
Nature Republic SRP: Php 295.00
Nature Republic PH Branches: naturerepublic.com.ph/store
There are also other online sellers offering this product on competitive prices. Just make sure that you are buying from a trusted seller, the original product, and not a fake or imitation one.
Other Variants & Brands
These days, I’ve been seeing a lot of similar (as in same packaging) products in the market but I haven’t really tried any of them. I’ve also been asked, numerous times, about how this one compares to other brands that looks exactly or almost the same. Again, I haven’t used any, other than this one, so I can’t really go on full detail BUT based on the ones that I saw, and scanning their ingredients, they are not exactly the same; which means that they may not work exactly the same. I’m not saying that those other brands are not effective, I’m just saying that it may be less effective, or better, more effective. Now, I’m highly curious and very open to trying out those other brands. (Still scared of breakouts though, so I don’t know if and when I will do that, heh.)
Again, be extra careful when trying out those products, especially the ones that are not (yet) FDA approved. Uhm, just take it from my experience, hahahuhu.
I am also using the Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Mist which comes in a liquid form and spray bottle. Surprisingly different results! If you wanna see/read an extensive review of that product as well, just let me know and leave a comment down below. ^_^
Disclaimer: I did not receive any cash/money, nor was I asked to write this post. All thoughts and opinion remains honest, genuine, and personally written without prejudice. This review is based on my personal experience and usage of the featured product.
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