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Beauty Review: The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel – Vanessa Tai

Recently, there was a cut on my left eyelid, which was probably due to me scratching myself in my sleep (hey, it happens!) Anyway, the cut hurt, and soon became scabby. It made applying eye makeup difficult – my eyeshadow would appear uneven and flaky, and when I applied my eyeliner, I had to “dodge” the spot where the cut was.

Probably tired of my endless griping about how this cut was taking forever to heal, Deborah (who sits opposite me in our office) passed me a tube of The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel. “Here, use this,” she said, “It will help.”

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel

While I’ve used aloe vera gel to soothe sunburns previously, I never thought to use it on cuts before. This new product from The Body Shop is made from 100% organic aloe vera, so what we’re getting is a pure, concentrated formula. I applied a bead-sized amount of gel on my cut, and the cooling sensation instantly eased the stinging sensation I’ve been enduring for days. Even better, after the gel had dried, I could apply my eye makeup with ease!

Because it’s created with no added fragrance, parabens or colourants, the Aloe Soothing Gel was gentle enough to apply around my eyes, where the skin is more delicate. It’s also suitable if you have sensitive skin. Whether you use it for cuts, skin irritations or sunburns, the cooling sensation and healing properties of aloe vera is sure to help.

Apart from its efficacy, I’ve always liked The Body Shop products because of the good they’re doing for communities around the world. For example, this gel is made with Community Fair Trade 100% organic aloe vera from Guatemala. By trading with the Guastoya farmers in the El Progreso region of Guatemala, The Body Shop helps generate a vital and regular income for the farmers. Some of the funds are also channelled to helping the rest of the community. The community fund has paid for the installation of a water pump to irrigate the farmland of 25 local families, as well as supplied educational materials to over 100 schools in the region.

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The Body Shop touches the lives of communities all around the world.

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Back to the cut above my eye. It’s been three days since I started using the product, and I’m happy to report it’s no longer stinging or flaking. In fact, it’s almost completely healed. Now, to find a way to stop scratching my eyes at night …

This post is in no way paid for or advised by The Body Shop. The writer was given a tube for review purposes. You may read our advertising policy here. The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel is available at $24.90 at all The Body Shop outlets.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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