The Body Shop • Aloe vera gentle cleanser • Cleansers
|Would buy this product again.||68%|
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Grey
I quite like this product. It's gentle enough on my extremely sensitive skin for me to use it when I wake up and when I get home from school (i wash my face three times a day to clean off excess oil. i have very oily skin), which is rare for me. It doesn't do much other than very gently cleanse your face so at night I have to use an acne cleanser. I would definitely buy this again just because of how gentle it is and my acne cleanser is wayyy too harsh to use more than once a day.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
I have use a few bottles of this. It gently cleanses oil and dirt off my face and leave it feel refreshing and not tight. It does not irritate my sensitive skin. However this product does not remove make up thoroughly. So I would recommend using this as a morning cleanser. It is a bit pricey and a bottle won't last more than 2 months for me. Maybe due to its more natural ingredient, there is one or two times the product in the bottle become bad already before I could finish it. I hope its bottle can come up with a pump then it is more hygienic and convenient to use. Will repurchase this until I find a cheaper alternative that does not dehydrate my skin.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This cleanser was a final hope in my search for a face wash that would not exasperate my ridiculous, sensitive, acne-prone skin. It has proved to be quite lovely, especially in comparison to the clogging, drying, and irritating abundance of cleansers that have been tried before it (Olay, Neutrogena, Earth Science, Cetaphil, Dove, Aveeno, Ole Henriksen, Mario Badescu, Philosophy, Aubrey Organics, Bioderma, Clean and Clear, Trader Joe's, Bioelements, Dermalogica, OCM, etc.). In conjunction with a washcloth or cotton pad, I am able to remove all of my face makeup, which usually consists of liquid foundation, powder, and bronzer. After cleansing, my skin feels soothed and balanced. I still experience minor breakouts when using this, which I suspect are due to hormones, stress, and diet. Also, a bottle of this lasts only a very short period of time, especially considering the price, and I am not entirely confident that I will repurchase.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
I have a lot of skin issues--rosacea, sensitivity, and acne. Even on the days when I don't wear makeup, I feel that this cleanser doesn't do anything to cleanse my skin. I also don't like that it leaves my skin feeling a little dry, instead of clean and soft.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
I have very sensitive skin and I found that this really dried out my skin and caused a lot of redness. Also, it didn't actually remove all my make-up.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
Was okayish when I only wore powder foundation, but now that I've switched to light-medium coverage liquid one I find that it doesn't remove makeup as well as I'd like, or clean my face well at all really. I use a toner afterwards and the cotton round looks quite dirty :/ Certainly very gentle, too much so...
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Good basic cleanser which is excellent for sensitive reactive skin. This has not caused me any problems. I personally find it an efficient cleanser but should mention that I do not wear much make-up, so can't comment on its cleansing abilities with full coverage foundations etc. I mainly use a TM or mineral powder foundation and there is always minimal residue when I finish with toner.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Light cleanser. Didn't do much for me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
What The Body Shop claims:
"Best if you want to: Sooth your sensitive skin with a mild, soap-free cleansing lotion that gently, but thoroughly, removes make-up and impurities."
People - this does NOT remove make-up. I tested it out by putting foundation, cream blush, and powder on my wrist and once set, I applied this lotion and massaged the area for 30 seconds before rinsing. Results? I still has obvious blush and foundation residue left on my skin. For those that imply we shouldn't expect this to remove makeup, well - they are correct because it doesn't, but the packaging clearly states that this will remove makeup, and advertising on TBS' website states this as well. FOR THIS REASON alone I give it a 2 score. If it was advertised to gently refresh the skin only and not imply it acts as a makeup remover, I would give it a higher score.
I'd say this would work for those that need something to lightly cleanse bare skin. That's it.
To be helpful, I found that TBS' Natrulift Softening Cream Cleanser removes makeup well. I tested a patch of skin with foundation, Bobbi Brown's cream blush and waterproof gel liner, and face powder and Natrulift removed everything after massaging for 30 seconds, followed with a thorough rinse. It's way too early to say if it is good for sensitive skin but it functions as a makeup remover. :)
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Silver, Wavy Eyes: Brown
I am on my 3rd bottle. I was using Beauty without Cruelty cleanser but had only one retailer to purchase from and that was out of my normal route.
I have dry, sensitive skin with roseacea. I find this hydrating enough without feeling like a residue has been left behind (like Good Skin All Calm)
It is priced well at about $14.00. Compared to the items I could purchase for my aging skin.
For now a keeper.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I was so disappointed, as I wanted to love this cleanser. I bought it in a pinch when I ran out of my usual cleanser (Aveda Kinetics Cream Cleanser) and was thrilled with the price. I should explain that I am not the norm - I have exceptionally sensitive skin and get lots of facial eczema. It has taken me years to find skin care & make-up that works for me. I've been through them all. And the first few times I used this cleanser/toner/cream line, I loved it. I thought "wow! I have found my cleansing line!" Sadly, after about 4 days, I started to notice a little itching on my cheeks & forehead. At first I attributed it to the sun and some stress and recent travel. But it got progressively worse and became a light little rash all over my face (skin just feels bumpy & irritated). It's got to be this line. So disappointed, as it feels fabulous, clean, fresh, and natural going on and I got NO pimples while using it (unusual for me). I'm going to return it....regretably. I would say that for people without crazy bizarre skin like me, and just sort of "generally sensitive" this would be a fabulous line. Everything felt so nice going on. I will advise to use VERY little of the day and night creams - they are thick!!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Here's the BIGGEST problem with this product: it doesn't cleanse my skin. Sure, it's gentle, and doesn't have irritating ingredients, but it doesn't cleanse. It also has kind of a funky smell and I went through it lightning fast. Overall a bad, overpriced product. If you have truly sensitive skin this won't irritate your skin, but if you're also looking for a cleanser, I'd try something else. Olay daily facials for sensitive skin (and probably a few other drugstore products) are much cheaper and actually DO cleanse without irritation.
Pass by this overpriced mess.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Black
At first I thought I like this cleanser, but I guess I do like it. I'm giving it a 4 because I'm not so sure yet. But really, I feel like I'm just washing my face with lotion.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I tried this as I wanted a cleanser for the evening (rather than a face wash) and this had good reviews on MUA and in Paula's book. This felt lovely on my skin, didn't dry it and actually removed my foundation pretty well (although I did use an eye make up remover too).
However, the very next morning I had couple of small white heads on my nose and one on my jaw! It's rare that I get acne so I assumed it was down to the cleanser. To be sure I waited till my skin was clear again, reverting back to my normal cleanser and then tried again - same thing happend 3 times; from total clear skin to 3 white heads in 1 night! I wont be buying this again. In fact, I think I'll try my luck at taking it back to the shop as there is no way I can even try this again as a one-off between my normal cleanser.
If you never get spots and have dry skin this might work for you as my skin definately felt soft. However, if your skin ever breaks out from the wrong prodcut - avoid this.
UPDATE: I took this back to the shop and they were kind enough to swap it for me (they did offfer a refund too), so I am now trialing their Vitamin E cream cleanser.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I really like the fact it is fragrance free and has aloe... I use about 5 different items from this Aloe line... So far i really like it! I have normal skin and i do not like harsh cleansers, however i do get every now and then a bad spell of a few pimps... then i will use my Tea Tree Wash & Toner...
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I was over the moon with this cleanser.
I have very sensitive skin. Suffered from terrible eczema as a child and as an adult I don't seem to be able to tolerate essential oils/heavily perfumed products. That led me a few years ago to try out the Clinique range - what a mistake! The products seemed very harsh to me and my skin suffered from redness and acne for a long time. I had an ill advised dalliance with Dermalogica - equally ruinous for my skin (especially given the essential oil).
pimples, redness, cystic acne and flakes. What a beauty!
Anyway, out of sheer desperation, I've been using aqueous cream as a basic cleanser for a few months. I hate the smell.
But I was in the Body Shop and saw the aloe range - checked out the list and thought I'd just go for it. I've had so many hits and misses over the years, so I didn't expect very much at all.
It's been 2 weeks. Usually I react within days if a product is wrong for me. I'm really happy. The biggest first sign for me was that my skin does not go red. It looks lovely. I have had no new pimples - the ones i had have gone. my skin isn't dry. THerefore, I have to use less moisteriser in the morning and less concealer/foundation as my skin is not red.
The way I use it is: I put a big blob on my hands and massage it all overmy face (i've already taken my eye make up off). I just massage massage massage. then i wipe with a cotton pad. then i rinse.
after i've rinsed i use a little bit of the aloe gentle toner (no alcohol). then i rinse again.
The reason why i decided to post is that the other day a girl at work said that she just wanted to say that i looked really well and that my skin was just glowing. I haven't had a compliment on my skin for a very very long time. I was wearing hardly any make up.
For someone who sometimes finds it a challenge going out without make up, I felt that she really reinforced what i felt about this product - that it is calming, doesn't cause dryness or redness and cleanses well if you use it properly.
I will repurchase as long as the product exists.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is a great product, unscented, very gentle, I can even used it around the eye area. It has moisturizing properties but doesn't leave a film or make my skin greasy. I do however always use the toner afterward to make sure the cleanser and other impurities are fully removed. In the summer, I follow up with a scrub to get all the grime off. I like that the ingredients are not too toxic and that it contains aloe. At $11, this is pretty affordable. The only thing is that it can be hard to squeeze the product out of the bottle, especially when you get near the end. Also, it doesn't provide a deep clean feel so if you have oily skin and/or wear a lot of makeup, you may want to try something different.
EDIT: I no longer use this product because I noticed that it started to give me whiteheads along the jawline. It's a great natural product but I am not willing to put up with the breakouts so I returned the bottles I had. The Aloe toner however, works great for me.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Black
I quite like this cream cleanser (this review is not for face wash). For me, it removes makeup after I wipe twice with cotton pads. I feel that once is not enough. It is soothing, doesn't clog my pores. When my face is extremely irritated and burny this is the right product to use. I can't really say much more. Its worth the price in RSA. I also like the fact that it doesn't contain preservatives. I still might prefer their Vitamin E cream cleanser as it leaves the face sooo smooth and soft.
The only con is that it is hard to get the last quater of the bottle out...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I was going through a really bad breakout and started using TBS Tea Tree facial wash to help clear it up, but it made it worse: red and irritated skin PLUS acne. My younger sister who has extremely sensitive skin was using this face wash so I gave it a try. Almost immediately my skin was less red and raw... I've been using the same bottle, twice daily, since the beginning of November and I really like it. It doesn't cause me to break out, it just cleans and moisturizes my sensitive skin, not stripping away the natural oils like the Tea Tree wash did (probably because of the SLS). It's all natural, no harsh chemicals or preservatives, and it's fair trade :o)!
My only qualms are:
1. it doesn't remove makeup, don't expect it to! Use a makeup remover before washing your face with this - it's way too gentle of a cleanser to remove layers of foundation, eyeliner, mascara, etc...
2. the packaging is not the greatest. I'd prefer if it came in a pump bottle (like Spectro Jel) - but this problem is easy to solve by storing it upside down on it's lid so that the product comes out easier.
Definitely a great buy from TBS!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Well I really wanted to like this product. I gave it two lippies because it is gentle and it is natural. But something in this cleanser broke me out. This was the only thing I changed in my skin care routine. After two weeks of using this I had several pimples. Especially on areas of my face where I dont usually get them. There are a couple different oils in this cleanser I think they could have been the culprit for this new breakout. I think this cleanser is a lil pricey too. Will not repurchase.