I am a bit behind on some of my reviews! This has been a busy summer at my RL job, so I am trying to catch up here. I love the Benton Snail Bee line with their essence and mask, so I decided to try their Aloe line, which has a Aloe BHA Toner and this soothing gel. I will review the BHA toner later on, as I have been using these lightweight products for a couple of months now, layering them with other skin care serums and ampoules, as it is has been so muggy and hot this summer. This has been really a lifesaver these past couple of weeks, as the heat and humidity was just crushing.
Troubles with irritated skin? Can’t stop pimples from invading your skin? Benton has come up with the perfect skincare gel to help your skin recover from aggravation and redness. Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel contains intensive antibacterial and healing properties that gently penetrates the skin to calm it down. Infused with premium aloe vera leaf extract and propolis, this soothing gel gives natural healing effects by deep nourishment and hydration. It also evens out complexion which makes blemishes fade over time.
What is it?
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is a slightly hydrating and soothing gel that will help reduce swelling and redness on your skin. It will address the following needs and concerns
- Soothe stimulated skin by external stress or UV rays
- Dry and sensitive itchy skin
- Oily dehydrated skin
- Tight and cracked skin
- Non-oily formula
- Balancing skin moisture/oil level
- Sensitive skin needs
Benton no longer is making the pump-type bottle as I have pictured here ~ they went to a tube instead, which I honestly don’t understand the switch.. but whatever. It is the same great product in either packaging and they both are 100mL.
Benton’s Aloe Propolis contains 80% aloe vera leaf juice and 10% propolis, making this soothing gel a perfect match for my oily skin type. This doesn’t contain any water or alcohol and will also help stimulate collagen production due to the arginine and allantoin antioxidant ingredients. There are lot of good herbal ingredients in here as well and there are no irritants or triggers for acne. Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel does not contain parabens, mineral oil, alcohol, benzophenone, synthetic preservatives, steroids, artificial fragrance or artificial dyes. This product only uses natural extracts and preservatives.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (80%), Propolis Extract (10%), Glycerin, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract,Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Arginine, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cross Polymer cosDNA analysis
I currently have the pump bottle in use, but I also have the tube, so I guess this photo is obsolete! Anyway, if you have the pump bottle, which I think it a superior in its design than the tube, you can see how it has a nice sturdy pump applicator.
Its texture is a gel, but it immediately melts into a watery liquid ~ it feels so good on my skin, with a cooling effect. It is colorless as there are no artificial colors in this product, and it is unscented as well, but there is a slight propolis scent, but that is natural from the ingredient. It doesn’t smell like aloe or cucumber, which is what I had assumed this would smell like.
It spreads very easily and quickly absorbs into my skin, once I tap it gently. There is no oily or greasy residue ~ my skin feels softer and smoother, with a nice cooling sensation that you get from aloe vera. This isn’t the most moisturizing product, but that is okay, as I layer other hydrating products with this. As you can tell in the test below, it registers about a 7% increase in oil/water levels. If you don’t layer products, add a drop or two of your favorite facial oil to this to add more moisture to your skin.
Benton states that this product is slightly acidic at a 6, so I will give it a pH test. I think this is a between 5.5 and 6 pH level, so their claims are spot on!
Another great way to use this product is as a treatment for blemishes or sunburns. Just grab some cotton pads, soak them with this gel and then place over the area that has blemishes or has sunburns. Leave on for 15 minutes and then cover with more gel after you remove the pads. This will help reduce redness, swelling and pain from your skin ~ and since this has powerful antibacterial propolis, this will help start healing your damaged skin.
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel doesn’t brighten your skin tone, it isn’t a great moisturizer and it doesn’t have any oil properties, but I love this stuff. It is so soothing and lightweight ~ it works well with other hydrating moisturizing products, whether it is a serum or oil. It is natural and works well for sensitive skin, as it is doesn’t have any artificial scents or dyes. I love it because it absorbs quickly into my skin and helps calm my skin during this heat wave and doesn’t leave any heavy film or oily when I apply this. I am a huge fan of this product!
For full disclosure, I do know that a few years ago, they did have a production batch problem and they didn’t handle it well with their customers who had a very bad experience with those contaminated bottles. I highly suggest you google and read their own experiences before determining whether or not this gel is for you. I personally was on the fence on trying this and decided to when I received this in a Memebox. That is why I am probably the last person in the world to review this item! ahaha. I am glad I gave it a try~ as I do think that the issue they had a few years ago has been resolved.
Have you tried Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel? Did you like it? Or any of the other Benton products? I have tried products from all four of their lines now lines now ~ Snail Bee, Fermented, Honest and now Aloe. I will be doing full reviews of Aloe BHA Toner, Fermentation Eye Cream and after 2 years, Snail Bee Essence ~ I’ve done mini reviews on that essence, but never a full review and I figured it was about time.
Here is a list of my past reviews with Benton products
- Snail Bee High Content Essence (mini review)
- Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack
- Honest TT Mist
- Fermentation Essence
Where to Purchase
Just about EVERYWHERE. Benton is insanely popular. Check out my Promo/Referral (click here) page for coupons and referral discounts at some of these stores before purchasing ~ you might save some $$.
- BB Cosmetic (this is a sample kit, so you can try several Benton products)
- Cosmetic Love
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