Trader Joe's Aloe Vera Gel


17 reviews

82% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $


Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Calendula Officianalis Flower Extract, ARnica Montana Flower Extract, Tocophersolan, TEA-Carbomer, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantion, Trisodium, EDTA

on 6/24/2015 9:06:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Really, really strongly fragranced. Burns the hell out of my (not especially sensitive) skin and reeks of cheap baby-wipe smell.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 8/31/2014 4:31:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

You guys. You guys. You guys.


This aloe vera gel is a game changer. I started using it everyday on my fickle face. I'm talking oily, sometimes white head ridden, tired and stressed face. That's my face. It can suck. But not with aloe vera. Slather it on after you moisturize. You'll be confused for a bit. I know I was. Walking around, touching my face, reprimanding myself for touching my face, but ultimately basking in the delight of my soft, supple, dreamy feeling skin. Who knew my face could feel like a clean baby butt?

Well, you do now. Really though, in all seriousness. It's cheap and so nourishing. My makeup goes on so much smoother (it's my new primer) and my breakouts from my phone are gone and healing. Is it this much of a miracle? I think so. Could it have less chemicals? Yeah, you could go pure which is nice too, but for this price it's great for now.

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

on 12/9/2013 12:28:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I love aloe... I use body lotion with aloe, face serum and moisturizer with aloe, etc. I also use it on my bikini area after shaving to ward off bumps and ingrown hairs. I think it has some great healing properties that calms troubled skin and makes it soft and supple. That said, I have found one particular use for this product that makes it a total HG for me: I use it in my hair. I work in a climate-controlled laboratory that is dehumidified 24/7 and leaves my hair feeling like a dry, brittle, static-y, tangled-up rat's nest. Not pretty. I only minimally use heat tools on my hair and I don't dye it often and yet my hair looks as damaged as a bleached and fried mess. I massage about a dime-sized amount of this gel into the ends of my hair (dry, not wet) and add more if needed, then brush it through. The result is healthy-looking, calm, glossy hair that's resistant to static... a serious life saver! This stuff is NOT oil or a silicone-based serum so it won't make you hair look greasy at all, and it's not even a styling gel so it won't make it crunchy either. Instead it just gets absorbed into the hair and makes it soft and healthy. I even take the bottle with me to work and use it as needed. SO... moral of the story, if you have frazzled hair, live in a dry climate or work in a lab like I do, use this!! You can thank me later :)

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

So first of all, let's me say this: aloe vera gel is an AMAZING skin-saver. I put in on my skin as a mask over night and by the morning, my skin is hydrated, refreshed and glowing, with all traces of acne disappeared. I don't know what I'd do with out it!

But with that said, especially if you are putting Aloe Vera on your face, you probably want to go with a more natural product. I was excited to see that Trader Joe's sold low cost, natural -looking Aloe Vera Gel, but when I took it home, I found that it made my skin incredibly itchy, which doesn't usually happen with Aloe Vera Gel. It even made parts of my skin break out in hives. Yeesh. I don't like to waste things, so since I can't use it on my skin, I've been using it after shampooing as a conditioner, and rinsing it out. I have fine, curly hair, and I have to say that it leaves is soft and manageable with great body and shine. But I still wouldn't recommend it.

Another word to the wise- this brand contains methylparabens; this decreases your skin's tolerance to sunlight and can lead to increased skin aging and DNA damage. Even if it helps in the short term, using it long term may be putting your skin at risk :-/ It might be better to just pay a little bit more for a better product. I get the large bottle of the Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel and it lasts for ages. A much better product.

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This single product has 100% changed my face and how my makeup looks and I would never have discovered it without Makeup Alley! I have tried all primers known to mankind and everything would either not work at all, sort of work, or initially work and then break down and leave my face so oily, with makeup sliding and looking like a total mess.

I was searching for yet again, maybe something different to try, and came upon this aloe vera gel. Since I already had a bottle of it in my medicine cabinet, I immediately tried it and have been hooked ever since.

This is how I use it to control oil, minimize look of pores, allow makeup to look fantastic, and highly improve quality of skin: 1)wash face, 2)tone with witch hazel, 3)put on facial lotion, 4)put on aloe vera gel all over face and neck, 5)put on primer, 6)put on foundation.

This has been my routine and I know I will never stray from it because the results are so dramatic and it literally has been what I have been searching high and low for, to only find a bottle of it already inside my home!

I get so many compliments on my skin, and more importantly, I feel confident during the day that my face looks nice and I don't have to worry anymore about wondering if my nose area foundation is coming off, or if I was sweating in the sun and it is smearing all over the place.

I also can now use up my collection of foundations I have purchased over the past year in search for the best one. This gel now allows me to use any foundation and any powder with ease and without fear of what my own facial oil will transform it into.

I also use it at night, sometimes, as a treatment, either before facial lotion or alone. My face has never looked so great! It also gets better the more you use it.

The bottle is HUGE and inexpensive, too. I haven't tried any other brands because I have this gigantic bottle, but I have a feeling any aloe vera gel would work the same if the ingredients are similar.

This has truly changed my life and I am so happy for MA and the people who post here with tips! If you have oily skin and struggle with finding a combination of products that actually work and have spent your hard earned money on expensive products, please try this. At the least, you are left with a bottle of aloe vera gel, which is handy to have around anyway.


11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

on 5/5/2013 3:59:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Aloe vera gel is such a great beauty tip to reduce redness, shrink pore size, fight irritation, and combat the effects of the sun (sunburns and peeling)

I bought this at trader joes for around $3 and it feels very cool and calming when applying. I apply a small quarter size amount evenly all over my face and it feels very tight at first. Do not let this scare you- it is getting deep down into your pores and reducing inflammation.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 5/5/2013 3:54:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

In general, I find aloe vera gel to be excellent for my skin, and I like the Trader Joe's brand mainly because it's easily available and doesn't seem to have any irritating chemicals in it. It's not very moisturizing, which is why I only use it in the morning, under my foundation- it keeps my skin matte, helps my foundation stay, and prevents any cakiness. I've also noticed that between this, my AHA cream, and turmeric face masks, my acne scars are much much lighter- unnoticeable under some powder, really.

Plus, for the price, it's fantastic. I don't remember how much I paid, but it was definitely under ten bucks, and it's been six months and I'm not even halfway through the bottle.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 9/15/2012 7:04:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Other

Eyes: Blue

Why didn't I find this sooner?!
This, surprisingly, makes an excellent mattefying primer. I wouldn't say this works with all foundations, but paired with my CG Natureluxe, they are a match made in heaven.
I used to not like the idea of a primer. The main purpose of a primer was to fill in your pores so your foundation wouldn't, however... Why would I want to fill my pores with even MORE chemicals? So I looked for natural primers, and heard that aloe vera gel makes a great primer. And indeed, it does. It dries fast though, so you need to work quick. I suggest blending into the skin in sections. Definitely wear moisturizer underneath, because this is very drying! My foundation stays matte WAY longer with this. It gives my make up something to stick to. This is affordable, natural, great for healing acne, and does the job wonderfully. Whats not to love?

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 8/15/2012 11:07:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Black

Multi-fuctioning, great for your skin and most of all, cheap! (I think this was something like $2-3 for the whole big bottle).

I like how light this gel is, it sinks into my skin super quickly. However, even on my oily skin, it provides veeeeery little hydration. (Taking off one lippie for that.) I was hoping it would replace my summer moisturizer, but I can only use it that way (alone) the hottest, most humid of summer days. Otherwise I do need to follow up with another lotion, especially if I am applying this right after cleansing.

Like all mainly-aloe products, this is great for your skin if it's irritated, swollen or sunburned. One great use I found for it is to rub it all over my palms and then pat it all over my skin before I sleep. It definitely sooths my skin and also helps my skin feel soft and smoother in the long run. I firmly believe that aloe is one of those natural, miracle-workers on skin, so I'm trying to find even more ways to encorporate this into my skin regime.

However, I'm taking off another lippie because this stuff burns my eyes and I have no idea why. I have to pat really carefully around my eyes or otherwise I start tearing like I cut an onion or something. :(

on 6/4/2012 4:14:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I took off a lippie because it does have parabens in it. But I love this gel. It's so great. I use it mostly for cosmetic reasons. It's my "secret" trick to the most perfect eyeliner application in years. I've tried a thousand different liners - liquid, gel, cream, powder, pencil, etc. Nothing has ever given me such a precise, perfect, bold fabulous line as a dip of aloe vera gel into a black powder eye shadow, with my small eyeliner brush. I get the most gorgeous line. I will never apply eye liner another way again. In the last couple of weeks, I've gotten more compliments on my eyeliner and the precision of the line than I've ever gotten. Love this gel for grooming my eyebrows as well. It makes my brows look perfect. This bottle will probably last me 10 years (although I won't keep it that long). :)

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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