I love this aloe vera gel as a facial moisturiser and to help with redness/inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and blemishes. It comes in a generous size pump bottle, which will last me a long time, and is more hygienic as I won't be dipping my fingers into a container. It feels a bit sticky upon application, but quickly absorbs into the skin.
I actually like this as a super light hold hair gel. I have yet to find a salon product that gives a little hold with zero stickiness...and this works, so I'll keep using it for that purpose. I put it on when wet and it provides just enough hold to keep my hair in place until it dries, then I brush through or run my hands through...my curls are soft and fluffy. I also sometimes use this in the summertime in place of my regular facial moisturizer...or sometimes along with it. It works nicely to apply to (and around) lips prior to applying gloss or lipstick...makes it go on smoother. It has a lot of uses and it's an all around great product.
This stuff makes my eyes burn and water even when I don't put it close to my eyes! I see from other reviews that it has preservatives. Misleading as it says 100% aloe vera gel.
Well they aren't exactly lying, this is in fact "100% gel". Problem is, people will see the packaging and think it's 100% aloe, which it is not (the package does not say 100% aloe, it say 100% gel). Usually I buy real aloe from Aubrey Organics or Mountain Rose Herbs. The ingredients in those are just aloe, a little bit of xanathan gum to thicken and vitamin C/E to preserve so it doesn't go rancid (but you still need to refrigerate after opening). It's still a liquid, which needs to be applied with a cotton ball, has some color (translucent beige), and *does* have a bit of a natural/ herbal aloe scent, since aloe does have a scent. It also heals skin very quickly, provided you don't have an allergy to aloe (not common, but it does happen).
This Fruit of the Earth gel is "100% gel", not a liquid like real aloe, is clear in color, and has no smell. The reason I bought it is because I wanted to take something with me in my purse that did not require refrigeration. I appreciate that they did not sneak in green coloring or alcohol like some other aloe gels, but I wonder what percentage of this is actually aloe. I was not able to find a figure online. It also does not heal my skin as well or as quickly as real aloe, so I'm thinking not much. I put this on a rash, and by morning it did not look any different. With real aloe, applied to a burn or rash, there is a vast improvement in my skin by the next day. Oh well, it doesn't hurt anything and does feel nice on the skin. You can get a large 10 ounce bottle of this at Walmart for about $5, but I bought the 6 ounce flip top tube for portability. If you have a legitimate skin care issue that you are going to use this for, I would go with real aloe, this doesn't really cut it.
Oh, and FYI, on the acnegenic/ comedogenic scale (0 being least likely to cause acne, 5 being the most likely), one of the ingredients in this gets a "2", one of them gets a "1", so it might be too risky to use this for acne.
I brought this to use together with Nubian Heritage lotion because their scent are just way too overwhelming. But it is just so weird that when i use the aloe vera gel together with Nubian Heritage lotion, it sting my eyes terribly. Had to waste my lotion and wash it off.
I hesitate on using this on its own after the terrible experience. But when i did have a breakout once and that i was desperate and didn't want to get anymore moisturizer, i thought i try this on my face but this time without the lotion, using it on it own and it didn't sting my eyes. Weird! I just think it doesn't go well together but i will use that combination on my body instead to finish up the Nubian Heritage lotion.
As for this product, on its own, it is just alright. I won't repurchase as i prefer cream or light lotion for face moisturizer.
I swear by this stuff. It is the only thing I use to moisturize my face.
It's natural, moisturizes without being oily or having chemicals, it's healing, is very affordable and fruit of the earth is cruelty free.
This was the option with the least amount of crap in it-filler, color and preservative. It worked really well at moisturizing and calming my skin. I took off 1 lippie because of the gelling agents and preservatives.
Next time I will purchase Georges Aloe vera gel (first choice) or Aubrey organics aloe vera gel (second) online.
Just use this aloe vera gel for 3 days and I am already seeing it's effects: reducing the redness, calming my breakouts, and moisturizing. It forms a layer when it dries which is smooth and firm. The thing is, it takes minutes to dry before you can continue your next product (which I don't like). Anyway for its promising effects I convinced myself to pay more patience for it. I tried Natural Republic Aloe vera gel before, it's 92% gel but wow, this one is 100%. The NP one works not bad at first (equal effects in reducing redness, calming breakouts) but hell, it contains ALCOHOL. I did not notice the ingredients until I find my skin dehydrated over the months of using it and getting dull. So I stopped and started FOTE. Hopefully it works for long!
Aloe vera GEL from the packed variety cause my skin to burn and break out terrible - rashes everywhere, and this is because of the things they use to jellify the liquid more and preserve it. I am at university most of the time so i find it so difficult to keep the plant, but instead have found a superior skin healing agent by using aloe vera JUICE mixed with some raw honey! Wonderful, and heals skin within 3 days.
I'm at the point in life I just want to cut to the chase. I'm over the fillers, the chemicals, the artifice and the pretty packaging. Due to my extensive research and personal experience I am led to conclude aloe is one of the most anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients on this planet. Aloe absorbs into skin- not create a filmy/oily layer on top like most market lotions that we have been conditioned to think is moisturizing. Most products just create a barrier to protect against additional moisture loss but don't really correct the problem.
I don't use body lotion anymore- I use this daily. I add more vitamin E and a few drops of essential oil to an entire bottle. My skin drinks this stuff up! If you have extra dry skin, use this first, wait for it to absorb then apply a more traditional lotion to seal. My skin is more moisturized, supple, and youthful now since using this almost exclusively.